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The most famous landmark in San Luis Obispo county is the magnificent Hearst Castle.

Ideally situated high on a hill, Hearst Castle is a stunningly designed architectural wonder, surrounded by light, airy landscaping with an unmistakeably dream-like quality.

The castle, along with the lush, rolling green grounds on which it stands, has inspired the work of Maxfield Parrish, among other great artists.

The Hearst Castle is now a State Historical Monument and a National Historic Landmark, open for public tours.

It is actually located in San Simeon, about 43 miles from San Luis Obispo. But it's well worth the pretty ride, and not to be missed.

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 San Luis Obispo is a natural paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean on California's Central Coast, where the water is an exceptional shade of blue not found anywhere else on earth.

The city overlooks a refreshingly unspoiled coastal landscape of pristine beaches and quiet country roads, blanketed in a mild, sunny climate.

Abundant wildlife scouts the region. Visitors often come here just to gaze in wonder at families of shiny black seals and sea otters, millions of delicate, flame-orange monarch butterflies, and over 200 species of birds.

Other popular outdoor activities are golf, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, and surfing.

The city of San Luis Obispo is rich in cultural attractions such as art galleries, live theater venues, symphony performances, and several noteworthy museums.

There's also a unique assortment of quaint little shops, many excellent restaurants, and a wide range of accommodations, allowing for almost any vacation budget.

While you're in the area, be sure to visit Cambria, a charming little town on a cliff above the ocean, featuring uniquely playful architecture, awe-inspiring views, and dozens of unusual shops.


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