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12 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG PHOTOS: SANLUISOBISPOVACATIONS.COM SAN LUIS OBISPO > Spend a day in San Luis Obispo and prepare to fall in love with one of California's oldest cities. Established in 1772, the area, which provided Spanish settlers with access to multiple microclimates —the Pacific Ocean a mere 11 miles to the west, and the Santa Lucia Mountains towering in the near east—still offers great diversity in terms of sights to see. THERE ARE MANY FINE OPTIONS FOR GOLF in San Luis Obispo County, with a standout being Paso Robles Golf Club . Once a private club, Paso Robles is now a daily fee facility with outstanding conditioning and affordable green fees throughout the year—and the bar's patio is a great place for a drink before or after your round. Similarly affordable but closer to the Pacific is Morro Bay Golf Course , which dates to the 1920s. The blue bay waters are visible on every hole, so be sure your smartphone is charged and ready for photo- graphic duty. Be sure to stop at Hearst Castle on your way out of town. The 160-room estate is now a state park offer- ing unique evening tours, which include staff dressed in 1930's finery for a taste of a bygone era of life along the Central Coast of California. It's a great way to cap a SLO day you'll never forget. S H A G B A G DAYtrip You'll want to keep taking pictures throughout the rest of the day as the city, affec- tionately known as SLO, is packed with unique attractions that you'll want to show off when you get home. Perhaps the most unusual and most photographed spot in downtown San Luis Obispo is Bubblegum Alley (below) a 70-foot walkway with 15-foot walls covered in gum chewed by past visitors. The internationally known alley isn't recommended for germophobes, but it's a quaint and quirky gateway to an area bustling with shops, restaurants and pubs. Downtown is also home to the iconic Fremont Theatre , with its famous neon sign visible from Highway 101.

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