Experience the Dunes: San Luis Obispo

Experience the Dunes: San Luis Obispo

Avila Beach, CA  |  3 Days

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Avila Beach, in San Luis Obispo county has so much to offer. This small town is a popular retreat for Southern and Northern Californians, nestled 160 miles north of LA and 200 miles south of San Francisco. Hot springs, wine tasting, beach day, great food, ATVs - yes to all!

This pre-planned package includes the following:

Activities Lodging Sightseeing Transportation Food and Drink

Getting There

While a flight from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo is only an hour, the journey is much more interesting as a roadtrip along Highway 1. We'd recommend you to spend a full day to take the long journey along the coast and zoom back home on I-5. If you choose to fly, make sure you pickup a rental car at the airport - you'll need it.

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Day 1

An early departure and plenty of scenic stops will get you into Avila beach by late evening. Check into your resort and head to the beach for dinner. If you're traveling in the summer, you may even have time to watch the sunset as you dine. Don't get too late though, the bars and restaurants here close early!

Avila Beach Hotel

Home for the next two nights.

Avila Beach Winery

If you get in town early, snack and sip here.

Avila Beach Restaurant

Summer offers gorgeous sunsets during dinner.

Day 2

Today is all about breweries and wineries. Pickup some snacks and sandwiches at the local grocery store and then head out to the several wineries in Edna valley where you can take in tasty wines and views. On the way back, stop in downtown SLO for a brew and a burger. There are always special events in the summer so will customize it for the weekend you're considering.

Picnic in Edna Valley

You're going to really like hanging out here.

Edna Valley Wine Region

Not many places offer winery tours with this view.

Brews and Burgers

End the day with a burger and a brew.

Day 3

Today's the day to hit the dunes! Checkout from the hotel, and head over to Pismo beach. After a quick breakfast, head to the beach bus to pickup your rental ATVs. Spend half the day exploring and sliding over the dunes. This is going to be a really fun day that you won't forget. After you return the ATVs, grab lunch nearby and head back home with Avila beach in your heart.

Haystack Rock

Start the day with a very healthy breakfast.

Urban Winery

It is going to be a pretty sweet day.

Brew Cycle Tour

The scenic route back home...

1 Avila Beach Hotel
2 Wine Bar
3 Sunset Dinner
4 Grocery and Deli
5 Edna Valley
6 Burgers in SLO
7 ATV Rental

Best Time to Travel

Summer is always a great time to visit San Luis Obispo county. It is warm and lively and there are a lot of events. You could travel in the winter and fall as well, but keep in mind that you'll need those extra layers when you're on the dunes by the coast. It can get windy and cold.