Outdoor Adventure Vacation Ideas
Fresh air and scenic views make San Luis Obispo the perfect spot for any outdoor adventure vacation. SLO’s abundant open space and aquatic playgrounds provide ample room for travelers and families to stretch their legs and enjoy San Luis Obispo’s outdoor activities. Whether you want to start your day with a morning hike at Montaña de Oro, kayak in Morro Bay, bike Bob Jones Trail, or simply watch a sunset at Pirate’s Cove, San Luis Obispo is an awe-inspiring backdrop for your outdoor adventures. Check out our outdoor activity itineraries below.
For those active travelers seeking a challenge, race, or tour, San Luis Obispo will meet your appetite for outdoor adventure and activity-centered vacations. National Geographic Adventure even mentioned San Luis Obispo’s All Out Adventure Company as an ideal way to get into action. Here are a few of our favorites.
Join All Out Adventure for one of their demanding adventure races designed for solo, two, three and four person teams. Participate in a SLO cycling event, such as the SLO GranFondo in November. Triathletes, Ironman racers or enthusiastic spectators will want to schedule a visit to San Luis Obispo during the first weekend in May for the grueling and ever-popular AVIA Wildflower Triathlon.
Day 1 of Outdoor Adventure
For breathtaking views of SLO, hike Madonna Mountain, also known as Cerro San Luis, in the morning before it starts heating up. Dine at nearby Breakfast Buzz for their legendary breakfast burritos or Sally Loo’s for a refreshing acai bowl.
After refueling, head over to Avila Beach to catch some rays and relax while listening to the sound of the waves crashing. If you are looking for more of a beach adventure, rent a paddle board or sign up for an adventure tour with Avila Beach Paddlesports, exploring the Port San Luis Lighthouse. You can even try testing your balance and surfing the waves.
At the end of the day, wind down and watch a picturesque sunset from Shell Beach and explore the tide pools at the base of the cliffs.
Day 2 of Outdoor Adventure
Rent bikes in town from the San Luis Obispo Bike Kitchen, Art’s Cyclery, Wally’s or Cambria Bicycle Outfitter. Get out into the open air and bike the Bob Jones Trail, a paved path that runs along the San Luis Obispo Creek from Ontario Road to the blue waters of Avila Beach. Cool off when you reach your destination by dipping your feet in the ocean.
Grab a quick bite from the Taco Shack or sit down for a delicious meal at Custom House. Finish off by walking down Avila Pier and checking out the fishes from above.