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Highway No.1: Pismo - San Louis Obispo - Morro Bay

Pismo is probably the next stop, one should plan, may be on your second day. Don't be here too early, because you must expect morning fog or mist as it's normal for the entire coast region. About 20 mi (32 km) of beaches are waiting, which translates into relaxing, canoeing or horse riding. After some physical activity the time might be ripe to taste the so famous Clam Chowder Soup or any other recipe with clams, for which the town has its reputation. Once there were extraordinary big - today it's no more mentionable.

Then drive further north and come to San Louis Obispo. This also means, that it's time for another Spanish mission. It is "Mission San Louis Obispo de Tolosa", the 5th one built along the coast in the year 1772.

The Madonna Inn is a theme hotel and landmark on this stretch of the coast since the 1950's. More than 100 rooms has the Inn, each in a special color design or decorated with a special theme. And: Don't miss to check out the bathrooms - they probably lure alone hundreds of 'bathroom tourists' to the Madonna Inn. It's about the Men's room - but expect to meet here curious women, too.

When leaving San Louis Obispo, you may dacide to have enough time to make the short trip to the Montana de Oro State Park - it's a fantastic place to shoot some great photos. You overlook the Pacific Ocean and probably enjoy the drive through Eucalyptus forests. After hitting the beach and relaxing for a while you can continue with your trip.

"Gibraltar of the Pacific" is our next stop named: Morro Bay. Here everything is about a 574 ft (175 m) high rock - once a volcano - inmidst of the harbor. The best time to come here is in the late afternoon to get the chance to seize the moment when the sun dips into the ocean.

Today, on the rock live thousands of bird, among them some endangered species. Once a Spanish harbor, Morro Bay is nowadays a modern, touristy town. In case you're interested in aquariums, then visit the rehabilitation center for mammals, located in the Morro Bay Aquarium. Children are allowed to feed the seals here.

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