San Luis Obispo

Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument

  • A spectacular landscape setting containing the Hearst mansion and its priceless European antiquities
  • La Cuesta Encantada, the “Enchanted Hill” high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan.
  • The Visitors Center features an exhibit on the Hearst family’s industrial empire.
  • Location: off of Highway 1 at San Simeon, near Cambria
  • Four daytime tours and one evening tour are available. Day tours begin at 8:20 a.m. daily, and the last tour starts at 3:20 p.m. Evening tour start times are variable.
  • Call (800) 444-4445 or for recorded information (805) 927-2020
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Mission San Miguel

  • Established in 1797
  • Still functions as a local parish
  • The earthquake of December 22, 2003 caused extensive damage to the old Mission Church, and portions of mission complex are now closed to the public. The mission museum has reopened.
  • Location: on the east side of Highway 101 in San Miguel
  • Call (805) 467-2131
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San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society

San Luis Obispo County Historical Society Museum

  • Exhibit helps explain the cultural shifts that occurred when the native Chumash and Salinan tribes first encountered the Spanish
  • Location: 696 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo
  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: free, but donations are accepted
  • Call (805) 543-0638
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