7 Safe Activities to Enjoy in San Luis Obispo during the Quarantine Period

December 17, 2020

Though the pandemic has limited what vacationers can do across the United States and around the world, there are still ways to safely journey to new locations. One of these places is San Luis Obispo, a beautiful city on the central California coast. Surrounded by rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean, San Luis Obispo offers numerous activities you can enjoy safely during the quarantine period. Here are several examples.

1. Visit the Beach

A few minutes south of downtown San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Shell Beach are two coastal towns that are popular with both locals and travelers. Each has a unique vibe that caters to different tastes. Visitors can sun themselves on the white sand beaches, kayak among a series of caves, and drive with the top down along the nearby Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Dining is available, depending on the state’s level of pandemic precautions. After enjoying a day full of fun beach activities, the whole family will be ready to head back for a relaxing evening at your hotel. SLO visitors who come alive near the ocean will adore exploring San Luis Obispo’s pristine beaches.

2. Watch the Sunset

The best thing about watching the sun dip below the horizon is you don’t have to get out of your car to enjoy the spectacular sunset. You can park at one of the beach lots or along a scenic space off the PCH. Pack a picnic dinner and watch an amazing natural show. 

3. Go Camping

San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas have numerous campsites. Some are in the nearby mountains, and others are right on the water. Since the area has mild temperatures all year, these sites are always open to visitors. Make sure to call ahead of time to check on spaces and pandemic restrictions.

4. Take a Hike

Hundreds of miles of hiking trails offer a safe way to become familiar with the natural environment of San Luis Obispo. Explore the natural wonders of Nine Sisters, which is a string of volcanic peaks that stretch from the city to Morro Bay. A climb up each peak provides a different perspective of the landscape.

5. Visit the Mission

Though you may need timed tickets in the quarantine period, a stroll through Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is worth the visit. Established in 1772, the Spanish-style building is one of 21 missions across California. 

6. Watch a Drive-In Movie

The popularity of drive-in movies has surged during the quarantine period. Luckily, San Luis Obispo has the Sunset Drive-In. Each showing is a double feature that includes one new release and one classic film. 

7. Check Out Bubblegum Alley

While sticking gum on a wall isn’t that healthy, there’s no need to worry about safety when visiting this San Luis Obispo location. There are thousands of leftover pieces of gum stuck on the 15-foot walls. It’s both disgusting and fascinating at the same time. 

San Luis Obispo, CA, offers a variety of safe activities for families who need to get out and get away during stressful times. Bring the whole family (including the four-legged furry members) and explore “The Happiest City in America” while staying with us at Sands Inn & Suites. When they’re looking for a comfortable local hotel, San Luis Obispo visitors make us their top choice because we offer all the amenities our guests need for a relaxing getaway, including an outdoor pool, an on-site gym, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with digital cable. Call us at (800) 441-4657 today to reserve your room or suite. 

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