Sightseeing at Lake San Antonio
In the area:
- Camp Roberts - Hwy 101 Bldg 108, Camp Roberts, CA 93451 - base occupied by California Army National Guard, also home to the following attractions:
- Mission San Antonio de Padua - Founded in 1771 by Fr. Junipero Serra
- Camp Roberts Historical Museum
- Fort Hunter Liggett - 831-386-2677 - Training facility for the US Army, call the number for hunting and fishing information.
- Big Sandy State Wildlife Area - 831-649-2870 - 850 acres of open grasslands with some open stream habitat, California quail and wild pigs can be found here.
- Mission San Miguel Arcangel - 775 Mission St., San Miguel, CA 93451, 805-467-3256 - Founded in 1797 it is now a National Historic Landmark due to its extraordinary preservation and original paintings.
- Charles Paddock Zoo - 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, California, 805-470-3172
- Hearst Castle - 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452, 800-444-4445 - Offering tours of the mansions, gardens, pools, and grounds covering 250,000 acres. There is also a museum featuring an exhibit about William Randolph Hearst, a gift shop, and what remains of the private zoo.
- Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa - Founded in 1772 by Father Jun¡pero Serra. Today, besides still being an active church, the mission serves as the center of town alongside Mission Plaza
- Morro Bay State Park - Morro Bay State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-772-2560 - features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.
- Montana de Oro State Park - 805-528-0513 - Features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-667-2315 - Named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail.
- Slates Hot Springs - Located 8 miles northwest of Lopez Point, 831-667-3047 - Mineral baths operated by the Esalen Institute, they are open to the public between the hours of 1:00 am to 3:00 am and a reservation is required.
- Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad - Fort Romie Rd, Soledad, CA 93960 - Built in 1791 and named for Our Lady of Solitude.
- Pinnacles National Monument - 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, CA, 831-389-4484 - Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. The monument is also a release site for the endangered California condor, and the birds can sometimes be seen from hiking trails throughout the park. Check the status for hiking the two talus caves at Pinnacles: the Bear Gulch Cave and the Balconies Cave.