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The Mediterranean Climate of the Central Coast makes San Luis Obispo one of the most popular tourist spots on the Central Coast.

Hearst Castle is our most visited State Park on the Central Coast. There are four tours available during the summer months at Hearst Castle.

If you are a shopper downtown San Luis Obispo, the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, and Cambria are musts. Also if you are an antique hunter try Cayucos and Templeton.

For festive occasions all our Central Coast's towns have festivals for tourists. The big events of the Central Coast include wine festivals, parades, fourth of July fireworks, and Mexican holidays. The Mozart Festival is one such summer event.

The Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles has many of the best know popular and country western performers every year. In addition, many performers may be listened may be enjoyed with no additional fee once you are inside the fair grounds.

Wine tasting is available at the many wineries from the Paso Robles area to the South San Luis Obispo County. Our county has some of the finest prize winning wines.

For those interested in the history of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo has a museum on the Mission Plaza in the downtown. Another museum well worth your time is the Pioneer Museum is in Paso Robles.

Our area has many art and performing arts events. For the events watch the events page and the local chambers of commerce. Many of the local towns have art associations and the local towns have many business galleries.

Go to Coast Country Arts for more about what this area offers.

The Central Coast Missions include a mission in San Luis Obispo and San Miguel. San Miguel is celebrating its bicentennial on September 20 and 21, 1997. San Miguel is north of Paso Robles on highway 101.

There are many parks and beaches on the Central Coast. Pismo Beach is the most visited for wandering through the shops, surfing, and sun bathing. Other beaches are Graver Beach, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria.

State Parks for campers are in Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro, Morro Bay, and above Cambria. To make reservations call 1-800-444-7275 You should call well in advance particularly in the summer months.

For the out-of-doors enthusiasts hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are among the many sports available.

Montana de Oro State Park has several trails for hiking. The San Luis Obispo County Trail Guide by the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club includes several hikes within the county.

Kayaking and canoeing are popular in the Morro Bay estuary. The Natural History Museum in Morro Bay has a list of many docent led hikes throughout the county.

Two colleges are in the area. Cuesta College is a community college. California Polytechnic State University educates many engineers, architects, and computer scientists. It also is strong in business, agriculture, the sciences, and graphic arts.

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September 10, 2011
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