Location: 3 miles off Highway 101; 240 miles south of San Francisco.
Tucked away in a cove, this once funky little beach town was bulldozed and cleaned up in 2004 due to a devastating oil spill. Usually warm and sunny, it has one of the few beaches in California that face south rather than west. The electricity-generating Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, run by PG&E, is adjacent. It is now the only operational nuclear plant in the state.
Bob Jones Bike Trail Dogs ok. This off-road trail leads from Ontario Road just off Highway 101, along San Luis Obispo Creek, past the Avila Valley Barn, to the beach, pier, and downtown Front Street. It is 4 miles round trip. You can walk, run, or ride a bike.
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