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how far from SB to Cambria

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how far from SB to Cambria

and is anything to see between these two cities?

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1. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

It's about a little over 150 miles. In between are Morro Bay and Pismos Beach and the pseudo Danish town of Solvang.

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2. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

Pismo and Morro Bay are both nice places to spend time in, there is a pier in Pismo that is fun to walk out on. Solvang is interesting but a very small place, we went through the town including the Hans Christian Anderson museum in an afternoon. www.centralcoast.com is a nice website to acquaint you with the area.

I hope you have a great time on your travels to the coast. :)

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3. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

We are also driving this route in 1 week. How's Morro Bay? Worth a stop? How far apart are Morro and Pismo?

beck61, when are you planning on visiting?

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4. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

It is about 24 miles from Pismo to Morro Bay, 40 minutes or so. :)

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5. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

I think Solvang is tacky and overrated, and would not go again after my initial visit in 2004. Pismo and Morro Bay have great views, but I personally prefer Avila Beach, as it's quieter and more secluded. To be honest, the crowd around the Pismo Beach pier is a little too young, boisterous, and party-minded for my tastes, but many people like that sort of the thing. San Luis Obispo itself has a beautiful, tree-lined, pedestrian friendly downtown (exit on Marsh from the 101) with lots of shops and great restaurants.

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6. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

In the vicinity of Cambria, there is Hearst Castle, the elephant seals, Salmon Creek Falls, and Hearst Beach.

Between Cambria and SB, Morro Rock dominates the coastline, however, there may be more to do than there is to see. Morro Bay is an intesting kayak tour for beginners. The small town of Morro Bay has a bit of charm and is representative of a small fishing harbor.

Shell Beach, at Margo Dodd Park, has a unique set of rocks and is an interesting kayak for beginner - intermediates. Rentals are available at Central Coast Kayaks.

Set up a lunch, massage and a private soak at Sycamore Mineral Hot Springs, or if you want to go public go to Avila Hot Springs.

Downtown San Luis Obispo would be fun for shopping and lunch.

Along Hwy 154 in Santa Barbara County, the towns of Los Olivos, Ballard, and Santa Ynez, SB's wine country, will take you back a step to when cowboys roamed the west. (Solvang has already been mentioned.) If you feel lucky, the Chumash Casino is available.

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7. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

thanks everyone, i am still trying to decide and have just booked a place in Pismo, the Cottage Inn, hope its ok?

Just to refresh you on our plans we are driving from LA to SF and hoped to have one night break in between but think we need two as there is so much to do between say Cambria and Carmel. our children are 15 and 17 girls and 12 year old boy.

My plan, Leave LA first thing on a Sunday and have lunch in Malibu, spend a good afternoon in Santa Barbara looking around and stay in Pismo!

Next day spend day in SLO and drive to Cambria. How long?

the idea was to get Hearst Castle tour out of the way then the next day drive slowly up the coast visiting the sea lions, famous falls, Nepenthe and then 17 mile drive and stay in Carmel. But do you think we cold leave Pismo, look around SLO, drive to Hearst do tour and do all the other things i mentioned in one day or is the stop in Cambria essential.

is the 17 mile drive north or south of Carmel.

Is San Simeon the better place to stay as we would be back tracking if we wen to Hearst castle and had to come to Cambria - is that correct!!

So many questions

Thanks for your time

So confused.

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8. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

The 17 mile drive is between Carmel and Pacific Grove. Frenkly, after your trip up the coast the 17-mile drive doesn't have much to offer you. a $9 fee to drive along the coast for a bit and see some expensive houses. I would skip it.

I would spend that time at Point Lobos, which is south of Carmel and has trails and a lot of sea life along the shore.

I do hope you have time for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is world class and should not be missed. Fantastic exhibits.

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9. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

july 09

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10. Re: how far from SB to Cambria

yes we are going to Visit the aquarium, being that it will be July should i book in advance?

Maybe we should stay in Pacific Grove then as if we did do the 17 mile drive we would hvae to back track to Carmel - correct!!

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