Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40The Central Coast holds many attractions well worth day trips from Pismo Beach. Hearst Castle® William Randolph Hearst started building this lavish home on a hilltop above San Simeon in 1919. When he died about 30 years later, Hearst Castle® still wasn’t finished. It’s now part of the state park system and as California’s only castle, it’s one of the most popular destinations in the state. Location: San Simeon. Choose among three daily tours. (800) 444-4445 Day Trips Beyond PismoBeach Avila Beach Our neighbor to the north is known for its mineral springs spa, sunny beach, historic pier, working harbor and lighthouse. Central Coast Aquarium Touch sea stars and rays and other marine creatures at a hands-on museum of aquatic life. Location: 50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach. (805) 595-7280 Point San Luis Lighthouse Hike to the historic 1890s lighthouse with a docent along the scenic Pecho Coast Trail in Avila Beach (3.75 miles round trip), which is not otherwise accessible to the public. (800) 838-3006 Trolley tours are also available. Lopez Lake Recreation Area Head ten miles inland from Pismo Beach to Lopez Lake, where you can swim, fish, hike and windsurf. (805) 788-2381 Kids love the Mustang Waterpark, with two 600-foot curving waterslides, a giant half-pipe and two wading pools with mini- slides and waterfall trees. (805) 489-8898 Morro Bay See the giant Morro Rock, a 576-foot- high remnant of an ancient volcanic peak. Walk or bike along the boardwalk edging Morro Bay Estuary, an 800-acre wetland sanctuary, home to more than 250 species of birds. The Museum of Natural History in nearby Morro Bay State Park has excel- lent hands-on exhibits about local nature and ecosystems. (805) 772-2694 PHOTO: CENTRAL COAST AQUARIUM ClassicCalifornia.com 15 Hearst Castle Central Coast Aquarium