Planning your biking trip through San Luis Obispo

 
LA Times | Travel
 

THE BEST WAY From Los Angeles, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner trains travel between downtown's Union Station and San Luis Obispo; schedules and fares vary. We each paid $57.60 round trip, with AAA discount. Bicycles are accommodated on racks or in baggage cars. For details, contact Amtrak, (800) ...


By Jane Engle // 05.07.09
 

THE BEST WAY

From Los Angeles, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner trains travel between downtown's Union Station and San Luis Obispo; schedules and fares vary. We each paid $57.60 round trip, with AAA discount. Bicycles are accommodated on racks or in baggage cars. For details, contact Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, www.amtrak.com.

Driving: From Los Angeles, take U.S. 101 north for about 200 miles, exit at California 1 and follow it into town.

Bicycling: For local routes, we used maps from the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, www.slobikelane.org. Bike rentals ($30 per day) are available at Art?s Cyclery, (805) 543-4416, www.artscyclery.com.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Lodging and restaurant choices abound in the region.

Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast, 978 Olive St., San Luis Obispo, where we stayed, is pleasant despite being on a busy street. Rates $85 to $145, including a hot breakfast. (805) 544-7440; www.heritageinnslo.com.

Spirit of San Luis, 925 Airport Drive, San Luis Obispo, serves up comfort food and runway views. Burgers, sandwiches from $10.75. (805) 549-9466.

Custom House, 404 Front St., Avila Beach, offers lovely bay vistas and an outdoor patio. Sandwiches from $8.95; dinners from $17. (805) 595- 7555. www.oldcustomhouse.com.