Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Our most recommended things to do in San Luis Obispo

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

San Luis Obispo: Margarita Ranch Foraging Tour

2. San Luis Obispo: Margarita Ranch Foraging Tour

Forage the plants found on the Santa Margarita Ranch and learn their historical significance. As you tour the grounds, find a variety of plants that can be used for nutrition and different beverages and discover which ones to avoid. Discover how to mindfully enjoy the environment, anywhere. Explore the world of foraging, a practice that has been a part of Native Californian peoples’ health, well-being, and survival for thousands of years. Learn the history and lessons of why Californians embrace foraging as a cultural practice, even in the modern age. This experience will take you on a journey through time and nature to discover a variety of plants that can be used for nutrition, beverages, and other healing purposes. Along the way, get educated on best uses and what to avoid, while embracing mindfulness.

Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

3. Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and experience the beauty of the California coast. Take advantage of the flexibility to set your own pace between stops during the self-guided app-based audio tour. See Monterey, the famous beach town known for its prestigious aquarium, and the popular golf courses of Pebble Beach. Stop off at picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, an artsy enclave where Clint Eastwood was once mayor. Hear the sound of barking sea lions at Point Lobos State Park, whose rocky headlands are interspersed with jewel-like coves. Big Sur is one of the not-to-be-missed highlights along the scenic road, where you can enjoy gorgeous views, waterfalls, and bridges. Near San Simeon, the home of Hearst Castle, pull off at Piedras Blancas Beach, where enormous elephant seals can be spotted in the winter months. Before cutting inland to San Luis Obispo, stop to admire Morro Bay Rock and hunt for anemones in the tidal pools. Explore Santa Barbara’s quintessential downtown and then continue down to Ventura and Malibu. If you started the drive in San Francisco, end your tour in Los Angeles at the famous Santa Monica Pier. The audio tour is curated by local guides and creative writers and is narrated by professional voice artists.

California: Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

4. California: Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

Traverse California with this bundle of self-driving audio guides. Learn about local history and see fascinating sights as you drive to destinations throughout the state. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Visit La Jolla in sun-kissed San Diego, and the star-studded mansion of Los Angeles. Encounter the arid landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park, and the high-tech center of Silicon Valley. See San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and marvel at the picturesque Lake Tahoe. Traverse the Pacific Coast Highway to iconic destinations like Malibu and San Luis Obispo. Immerse yourself in the Californian way of life at Big Sur, Monterey, and 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy an experience that never expires, allowing you to take these tours whenever you choose. Make it one big road trip or spread it out over months or years: the choice is yours. The bundle includes the following tours:• Big Sur Tour• Silicon Valley Tour• Pacific Coast Highway Tour• La Jolla Tour• San Francisco City Tour• Lake Tahoe Tour• LA Filming Locations Tour• Hollywood Homes Tour• Joshua Tree National Park Tour• 17 Mile Drive Tour• Sequoia and Kings Canyon Park Tour

San Luis Obispo: Eagle and Birdwatching Tour by Hummer

5. San Luis Obispo: Eagle and Birdwatching Tour by Hummer

All eyes on the sky on a visually spectacular birdwatching tour into the diverse Santa Lucia mountain range on a vintage open-air Hummer. Your driver/guide will point out the best places to spot eagles and hawks while you explore the picturesque surrounds. Eagles are among the most majestic creatures on earth and several different types make their home on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The 14,000-acre ranch has fertile valley soils, mountain forests, plentiful water and abundant wildlife. During winter and spring you can make use of scopes and binoculars provided as you travel to an area of the ranch with a known bald eagle nest. Here eaglets are reared, and you may witness the parents take flight for a hunt. During summer and fall, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and other flighted inhabitants are in abundance on the ranch.  Along the way, you’ll learn bird-watching skills that you can take to any sky near you.

San Luis Obispo: Santa Lucia Guided Nature Tour by Hummer

6. San Luis Obispo: Santa Lucia Guided Nature Tour by Hummer

Discover the spectacular nature and wildlife that surrounds Santa Margarita on a guided off-road tour. Travel by vintage open-air Hummer around the ranch town and into the Santa Lucia mountains. Learn about the bears, eagles and mountain lions that inhabit the region from the ranch naturalist. Starting in the town of Santa Margarita the tour will explore historic terrain that has been inhabited for thousands of years. Initially home to Native Americans from the Chumash and Salinan Nations, it was later settled by Franciscan missionaries and played host to itinerant outlaws. As you drive along the trails behind the ranch and approach the Santa Lucia mountains, your guide will discuss native ecosystems, plants and local wildlife, opening your eyes to one of the Central California Coast’s hidden gems.

California: Downloadable Audio Guide for Highway 1 and More

7. California: Downloadable Audio Guide for Highway 1 and More

Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions.   Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

Santa Margarita: Margarita Adventure Wine Tasting & Zipline

8. Santa Margarita: Margarita Adventure Wine Tasting & Zipline

Get your adrenaline pumping with this entry ticket to Margarita Adventure. Get access to 6 zipline courses, taste delicious Ancient Peaks Estate wines, and soar over the vineyard. Head to Margarita Adventure and start your day with a thrilling zipline. Fly through 6 different zipline courses and get a bird's eye view of the Ancient Peaks Winery estate Margarita Vineyard. Next, head to the tasting room for a curated wine tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery. As you sip, enjoy a delicious cheese and charcuterie board.

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What people are saying about San Luis Obispo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

It was great though we did have Google maps on one phone and this app on another. V informative. I had a technical issue whicb support sorted out within minutes via chat. Only annoyance is hearing the instruction to go back to the map and follow the route for 150 times.

The GPS functionality worked very well and the tour was quite interesting. I wish the additional points of interest feature worked without Wi-Fi or service and was more imbedded into the tour. Definitely worth the money!

The tour is very good, it has very interesting information. Highly recommended.

Was very interesting and made the time during the trip short for us.