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JOIN US FOR A WONDERFUL THREE-DAY TOUR of the highlights of the central California coast. We will take the Grand Rooms Tour of Hearst Castle, a tour of La Purisima Mission, see hundreds of elephant seals at a rookery on the beach including huge bulls weighing up to 2½ tons, massive clusters of monarch butterflies sheltering in the eucalyptus trees, and sea otters in Morro Bay. We will visit the San Andreas fault zone at the iconic Wallace Creek site on the Carrizo Plain (weather permitting), the oil fields of the southwestern San Joaquin Valley (including the outstanding West Kern Oil Museum), and tour the spectacular geology of the Coast Ranges. Each night we will stay at the Best Western Shorecliffs Hotel in Pismo Beach, where you can walk down to the beach or stroll through this quaint resort town.

A dramatic ariel view of the San Andreas Fault along the Carrizo Plain.
Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Point Reyes National Seashore, California. By Frank Schulenburg (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
A colorful jumble of various kinds of rocks, known as a melange, includes pillow lavas.
Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge above the beach. Every room has a balcony and ocean view.
The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle boasts the actual facade of an ancient Roman temple imported from Europe.
The Hearst Castle dining room, filled floor-to-ceiling with rare museum-quality furnishings, (and used as a model for the dinning hall in the Harry Potter films), also featuring humble ketchup and mustard bottles on the table among the sumptuous settings.
A series of volcanic plugs known as the 9 Sisters ends with Morrow Rock which sits out in the bay at San Luis Obispo, California

Click to download a 4000 pixel-wide panorama of the 9 Sisters.

What’s Included?

Tour package includes: charter bus, all hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch each day, guided tour narration and guidebook, all admission fees, and a tax-deductible contribution to the Skeptics Society of $100. Seats are limited to about 52 people on a single tour bus, so the tour should fill up fast.


Email us or call 1-626-794-3119 with a credit card to secure your spot.

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