Central Coast Bucket List

San Luis Obispo County (population: 283,405)

San Luis Obispo
Thursday Night FARMERS
Visit the four corners of SLO County
Cider and Apple Wine Tasting in See Canyon
Picnic off Prefumo Canyon
Ride the Old SLO Trolley
Visit the Cal Poly Arboretum
Tour the Jack House
Go to Art After Dark
Attend a Festival Mozaic Event
Visit the Clark Chapel on a Hill in Shandon
See a movie/performance at the Fremont
See a movie at the Palm
Hike Bishop Peak at night
Hike Cerro San Luis to the Christmas Tree
Join a nonprofit board of directors
Visit the SLO botanical garden
Play summer softball with YPNG
Attend a slo symphony performance
Wine Tasting in the Edna Valley
Soak in Sycamore Mineral Springs
Visit the Avila Valley Barn
Take the Bob Jones Trail from SLO
Go to the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville
Taste wine at the schoolhouse at Baileyana Tanget, & True Myth Winery
Sunrise from Johnson Ranch
Sunrise from South Hills
Sunrise from Bishop Peak

Attend a concert in the plaza
See a double feature at the Sunset Drive-In
Volunteer with GleanSLO
Olde Port Beach Bonfire
Visit Point San Luis Lighthouse and swing
Hike to the end of Point Buchon Trail
Architecture Graveyard
Eat a donut at SLO DoCo
SLO Blues Baseball Game
Cal Poly “P” Hike
Whale Watching
Pee at the Madonna Inn waterfall restroom
Don’t Get Naked at Pirates Cove
Compile a local history
Attend Mass in the Mission
Ontario Ridge Hike
Serenity Swing Hike
Lay in a hammock under the Avila pier
Visit the four corners of SLO County
Attend a Cal Poly sports game
Jump on the trampoline in Poly Canyon
Hike from Stenner Creek to Cal Poly (Bonus: hike to the Eucs!)
East Cuesta Ridge to the summit
West Cuesta ridge to the botanical area
Sunset from Terrace Hill
Climb the pole at Islay Hill
Climb the bell tower at reservoir canyon
Go to a cal poly rodeo
Take a scenic train ride south from SLO
Visit the Cal Poly Hothouse
Visit the SLO Airport
Attend mass at Mission SLO
Archery at central coast archery
Relax at the Dallidet Adobe
See the offices at MindBody
Work in a quaint victorian home downtown!
Research in the SLO history center archives
Visit the old homes on Buchon Street and Mill Street
Complete the tri-tip tri-top challenge
Visit one of SLO’s community gardens
Walk the bike path out to Sinsheimer Park
SLO Shakespeare Festival
Join a local farm co-op
SLO history walking tour
SLO museum of art
SLO Railroad museum
Hike Irish hills
Visit Ah Louis store
Hike the loop at Johnson ranch
Hike to the buddhist monument at South hills
Movie night over the Avila hot springs
Visit dorm pyramid in slo cemetery
Eat a sandwich at 4:20 at High Street Deli in San Luis Obispo
Buy stuff from Farm Supply Company
Taste wine at the old one room schoolhouse at Baileyana
Sip wine from the Tolosa Winery tasting room

Enjoy a glass of wine and see the views of Islay Hill from Edna Valley Vineyard
Go for an early morning run at Avila Beach
Pick a basket full of apples at SLO Creek Farm during their Fall u-pick season
Eat Breakfast at Del Monte Cafe

North County
Go to the Mid-State Fair
Visit Studios on the Park
Visit the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero
Honey or jam tasting at Jack Creek Farms
Play frisbee golf at Castoro Cellars
Tour Atascadero State House
Visit the Spring wildflowers in Shandon and Carrizo Plain
James Dean Memorial in Cholame
Stand on the San Andreas fault in the CA Valley
Play music at a winery
Zip Lining at Santa Margarita
Spring Street Victorian Christmas Lights in Paso
Have a glass of wine at 15c in Templeton
Enjoy a meal at the loading chute in Creston
Visit Pozo
Climb the bell tower at Daou Winery
Visit the wine caves at Halter Ranch Winery
Rinconada Trail in Santa Margarita
Wine tasting on the terrace of Sculpterra winery
See a car show on the square in Paso
Visit Soda lake
Visit the new printers building in Atascadero
Visit Paso historical society
Eat at Brown Butter Cookie Factory
Trivia night at Pappy McGregor’s in Paso Robles
Wine taste at the castle at Tooth & Nail Winery
Order a flight of beer at Firestone Walker
See a concert a Vina Robles
Drive 46 East and West of Paso Robles
Drive 41 from Shandon to Atascadero
Drive 58 West from Santa Margarita
Take a detour through “Zin Alley” from Templeton to Paso Robles
Go boating at Lake Nacimiento in Paso Robles
Eat delicious food at McPhee’s in Templeton
Visit Asuncion, the unincorporated community between Templeton and Atascadero
Check out the warplanes at the Estrella Warbirds Museum
Visit the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum
Attend an event at Santa Margarita Ranch
Drive the winding Hi Mountain Road through the mountains
Enjoy a show at the Pozo Saloon
Drive along San Juan Road South from Shandon
See the Estrella Adobe in Paso Robles
Drive the length of Vineyard drive through Adelaida in Paso Robles
Tour of the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel
Take a tour of the wine cave and enjoy the sweeping patio at Eberle Winery
Spend an afternoon tasting wine at Ancient Peaks in Santa Margarita
Taste wine on the hilltop at Calcareous Vineyard
View the 1917 One Room Schoolhouse in Adelaida in Paso Robles
See Chimney Rock, shaped like a breaching whale, near Nacimiento
Visit Dubost Winery, one of the oldest remaining Adelaida area families
Grape stomp during harvest wine week in Paso Robles
See the 360 panoramic views of the Los Padres National Forest through the Hi Mountain Road Condor Lookout
Taste olive oil at Pasolivo
Visit the Charles Paddock Zoo
Santa Margarita lake
Go inside and taste wine at heart hill at Niner Wine Estates
Attend a wine party at Broken Earth Winery

North Coast
Hearst Castle at Christmas
Go Kayaking in Morro Bay
Have pie at Linn’s in Cambria
Visit the Cambria Historical Society
Tour Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
Dolphin Watching
Friends of the Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas
Swing on the beach in Cayucos and Avila
Visit Ragged Point in Bug Sur
Fly a kite in Morro Bay
Hike to the swing at Broderson Peak
Visit the Cambria Christmas Market
Bird watching at sweet springs preserve in Los Osos
Hike Valencia Peak
Hike Oats peak
Find a moonstone on moonstone beach
Hike up Hanglider Hill in Cayucos
Drive 41 West to Morro Bay
See the seal rookery!
Check out the Cambria Scare Crow festival in the fall
Go antique hunting in Cambria
See the community foundation’s name on the Cayucos Pier
Hike Harmony Headlands State Park
Hike to the ocean through the Estero Bay
Walk along Whale Rock Reservoir in Cayucos
Tour the Spooner’s Ranch House in Los Osos
Take the detour along Turri Road in Los Osos
Visit the Elfin Forest in Los Osos
Enjoy a meal at the Cass House in Cayucos
Take a dog for a run at the off-leash dog beach in Cayucos
Take a photo at Ragged Point Inn through the Portal to Big Sur
Visit the unique Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria
Giovanni’s Fish Market
View Morro Rock from Black Hill
Hike through Morro Bay State Park

South County
Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival
Go Kayaking in Pismo Beach
Christmas tree at Pismo Pier
Visit the Chapman Estate in Shell Beach
Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove
Oceano/Pismo Dunes
See a performance at the Clark Center
Drive through the Huasna Valley
Visit Oso Flaco Lake
Visit the Dana Adobe in Nipomo
Hike to big falls/little falls
Dinosaur caves park in Pismo Beach
Visit Talley vineyards and Talley Farms in Arroyo Grande
Visit the Halcyon religious community in Arroyo Grande
Drive 227 “Broad Street” from SLO to Arroyo Grande
Visit Chumash Park in Pismo Beach
Fall apple picking in the Santa Maria Valley
Enjoy great food at Ember in Arroyo Grande
Walk the Swinging Bridge in the Village of Arroyo Grande
Cruise through Biddle Regional Park in Arroyo Grande
See the Guadalupe Dunes
Drive 166, New Cuyama Highway which lines the southern portion of the county
Drive the length of Orcutt Road from SLO to Arroyo Grande
Stroll through The Village (Arroyo Grande)
Visit the Heritage House Museum in Arroyo Grande
Visit the South County Historical Society
Visit the Price Historic House and Farm in historic Pismo Beach
Rent a dune buggy and ride on the Oceano Dunes

Wineries
Adelaida Winery (Paso Robles)
Alta Colina Winery (Paso Robles)
Ancient Peaks Winery (Santa Margarita)
Hope Family Wines (Paso Robles)
Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth (Edna Valley)
Bianchi Winery (Paso Robles)
Biddle Ranch (Edna Valley)
Brecon Estate (Paso Robles)
Broken Earth Winery (Paso Robles)
Calcareous Winery (Paso Robles)
CalizaWinery (Paso Robles)

Castoro Cellars (Paso Robles)
Cass Winery (Paso Robles)
Chamisal Winery (Edna Valley)
Chronic Cellars (Paso Robles)
Claiborne & Churchill (Edna Valley)
Daou Winery (Paso Robles)
Denner Vineyards (Paso Robles)
Derby Wines (Paso Robles)
Dubost Winery (Paso Robles)
Eberle Winery (Paso Robles)
Edna Valley Vineyard (Edna Valley)

Filipponi Winery (Edna Valley)
Halter Ranch Winery (Paso Robles)
Hammersky Vineyards (Paso Robles)
Harmony Cellars (Cayucos/Harmony)
Hearst Ranch Winery (Paso Robles)
J Dusi Winery (Paso Robles)
J. Lohr Winery (Paso Robles)
JUSTIN Vineyards (Paso Robles)
L’Aventure (Paso Robles)
Laetitia (Edna Valley)
Le Cuvier Winery (Paso Robles)
Linne Calodo (Paso Robles)
Lone Madrone (Paso Robles)
Michael Gill (Paso Robles)
Niner Winery (Paso Robles)
Opolo Winery (Paso Robles)
Parrish Family Winery (Paso Robles)
Peachy Canyon Winery (Paso Robles)
Pear Valley Winery (San Miguel)
Pomar Junction (Templeton)
Robert Hall Winery (Paso Robles)
Rotta Winery (Templeton)
Saucelito Canyon (Edna Valley)
Saxum Winery (Paso Robles)
Sculpterra Winery (Paso Robles)
Sextant Wines (Paso Robles)
Still Waters Vineyard (Paso Robles)
Stolo Vineyard (Cambria)
Tablas Creek Winery (Paso Robles)
Talley Vineyards (Edna Valley)
Thacher Winery (Paso Robles)
Tobin James Winery (Paso Robles)
Tolo (Paso Robles)
Tolosa Winery (Edna Valley)
Tooth & Nail Winery (Paso Robles)
Turley (Templeton)
Villa Creek (Paso Robles)
Villa San Juliette Winery (Paso Robles)
Whalebone (Paso Robles)
Wolff Vineyards (Paso Robles)
Zenaida (Paso Robles)

Hikes
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Trail (San Simeon)
San Simeon Point in Hearst State Beach (San Simeon)
Point Sierra Nevada (San Simeon)
Elephant Seal Overlook (San Simeon)
Junge Ranch Trail (San Simeon)
San Simeon Creek Road/Trail (San Simeon)
San Simeon Bay Trail (San Simeon)
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk (Cambria)
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Bluff Trail (Cambria)
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Santa Rosa Creek Trail (Cambria)

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Huntington – Marlborough Loop (Cambria)
Harmony Headlands Loop (Harmony/Cayucos)
Whale Rock Reservoir (Cayucos)
Cerro Alto (Atascadero)
Morro Rock from Morro Strand Trail (Morro Bay)
Black Hill (Morro Bay)
Turtle Rock (Morro Bay)
Cerro Cabrillo (Morro Bay)
Portola Point Trail (Morro Bay)
Chumash and Crespi Trails Loop (Morro Bay)
Elfin Forest Natural Reserve (Morro Bay)
Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve (Morro Bay)
Eagle Rock in El Chorro Regional Park (San Luis Obispo)
Los Osos State National Reserve (San Luis Obispo/Los Osos)
Hazard Canyon Reef (Montana de Oro)
Hazard Peak (Montana de Oro)
Islay Creek Trail (Montana de Oro)
Reservoir Flats Trail (Montana de Oro)
Oats Peak (Montana de Oro)
Valencia Peak (Montana de Oro)
Bluff Trail (Montana de Oro)
Coon Creek Trail (Montana de Oro)
Point Buchon (Montana de Oro)
Rattlesnake Flats Trail (Montana de Oro)
East Cuesta Ridge to Lopez Canyon (San Luis Obispo)
West Cuesta Ridge (San Luis Obispo)
Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area (San Luis Obispo)
Stenner Creek Trail to the Eucs (San Luis Obispo)
Stenner Creek – Poly Canyon Loop (San Luis Obispo)
Poly Canyon Architecture Graveyard (San Luis Obispo)
Felsman Loop at Bishop Peak (San Luis Obispo)
Bishop Peak (San Luis Obispo)
Reservoir Canyon Ridge Trail (San Luis Obispo)
Reservoir Canyon via Bowden Ranch a.k.a “High School Hill” (San Luis Obispo)
Rinconada Trail (Santa Margarita)
Rinconada Trail to Bell Mountain (Santa Margarita)
Hi Mountain Road to Hi Mountain Lookout (Santa Margarita)
Lemon Grove Loop Trail (San Luis Obispo)
Cerro San Luis a.k.a. “Madonna Mountain” (San Luis Obispo)
“M” Trail (San Luis Obispo)
Cerro San Luis from Laguna Lake Park (San Luis Obispo)
Sydney Street Trail to Murray Hill (San Luis Obispo)
Terrace Hill (San Luis Obispo)
South Hills Trail (San Luis Obispo)
Morro View in the Irish Hills via Mariposa Trail (San Luis Obispo)
Froom Creek Trail Loop in the Irish Hills (San Luis Obispo)
Old Prospector Trail Loop in the Irish Hills (San Luis Obispo)
Islay Hill (San Luis Obispo)
Johnson Ranch Loop (San Luis Obispo)

Johnson Ranch – Irish Hills Connector (San Luis Obispo)
Hi Mountain Trail (San Luis Obispo)

Bob Jones Bike Trail (Avila Beach)
Sycamore Crest Trail  (Avila Beach)
Shell Beach Bluffs Trail – Ontario Ridge a.k.a. “Avila Ridge” (Avila Beach)
Pirate’s Cove Cave Landing (Avila Beach)

Point San Luis Lighthouse via the Pecho Coast Trail (Avila Beach)
Oso Flaco Lake Trail (Nipomo)

Santa Cruz County (population: 275, 897)

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Eat a delicious sausage sandwich at Corralitos Market

Santa Cruz Mission
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz Wharf
Natural Bridges State Beach

Visit UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Downtown Santa Cruz
Walk through Wilder Ranch
Hike through Henry Cowell State Park

Nisene Marks State Park
Mount Madonna State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Pogonip Hiking
Aptos Beach


Monterey County
(population: 437,907)

Visit Mission San Antonio de Padua
Visit the Hacienda at Fort Hunter Liggett
Mission San Juan Bautista (San Benito County)
Eat at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch restaurant in the Carmel Valley
Rip van Winkle Trails in Pacific Grove

Big Sur
Camp under the stars in Big Sur
Drive the full length of Cabrillo Highway
Andrew Molera State Park (North) – Highbridge Falls
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – Pfeiffer Falls and Pfeiffer Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – Take a photo of the iconic McWay waterfalls
Limekiln State Park (South) – Hike to Limekiln Falls
Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur
Sykes Hot Springs (trail currently closed)
Hike to Junipero Serra Peak, the tallest in the Santa Lucias, from Memorial Camp at the back of Fort Hunter Liggett
Visit the Essalen Institute
Visit the New Camoldoli Hermitage high up in the Los Padres National Forest
Hike to the top of Cone Peak
Mill Creek Walk
Salmon Creek Trail in the Silver Peak Wilderness
Drive over the Bixby Canyon Bridge
Camp at Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur
Day trip up to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center
Take a photo at Sobreranos Point
Cruise off Highway 1 to Point Sur Lighthouse

Pinnacles National Park
High Peak Hike/Bear Gulch Visitor Center
Condor Gulch

Monterey Bay
Walk along Fisherman’s Wharf
See John Steinbeck’s childhood home in Pacific Grove
Visit the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wander through Moss Landing/Elk Horn Slough
Visit Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to China Cove
See the Monterey Cypress Trees – Crocker Cypress Grove
Drive the Length of 17 Mile Drive
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Eat fish in Cannery Row
Dennis the Menace Playground
Colton Hall Museum – History of Monterey
Paddleboat the El Estero in Monterey
Visit the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge – where the river feeds into the sea
Eat sea creatures at Phil’s Fish in Moss Landing
Hike in Fort Ord National Monument

Carmel-By-The-Sea
Visit Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Walk along Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Take a picture of Lone Cypress over the ocean

Santa Barbara County (population: 448,150)

North County
Knapps Castle
Lake Cachuma
Cold Springs Tavern
Point Concepcion
Wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley
Los Alamos
Los Olivos

Michael Jackson’s Ranch
Solvang
Gaviota Hot Springs
Mission La Purisima la Concepcion

Santa Barbara
Chaucer’s Bookstore
Visit El Presidio de Santa Barbara
Walk along State Street
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Visit Casa del Herrero
Casa de la Guerra
Visit Reagan Ranch Center/Rancho del Cielo
Visit the Channel Islands
Go to a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Goleta Butterfly Grove
Visit UCSB
Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara Zoo