24 Hours in Paso Robles

The drive along Highway 1 is an icon of the California “bucket list.” However, after the recent closure of The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, drivers are being rerouted down 46 West through Paso Robles to Highway 101. This detour between Carmel and Cambria is the preferred route of many locals and offers the unique opportunity to explore iconic Paso Robles wine country along the way! Below are some fun ideas for your next 24-hour detour in Paso Robles:


For the Adventurous

From horseback riding to zip lining, Paso Robles offers endless opportunity for the outdoor enthusiast and adventurous thrill seeker.

Start the afternoon by getting lost in Paso’s many hiking trails. One of our favorites is the Salinas River Walk. The Paso Robles section of this dog friendly, three-mile concrete trail links 13th Street and Larry Moore Park. Be sure to plan a trip back in the future as the ultimate vision for this trail is to connect the 30-mile stretch of Salinas River Corridors beginning in Santa Margarita all the way up to San Miguel. This relaxed trail is nestled in the growth of a variety of trees and brush; be sure to look out for mule deer, local birds, and other river bed mammals as you go. For the more hard-core hiker, continue from Larry Moore Park to the Charolais Corridor Trail and take in views of Paso’s rolling, golden hills!   


After a busy afternoon of adventuring, stay the night at one of the many Paso Robles vacation rentals that overlook the beautiful Paso Robles Wine Country. Each featuring their own unique décor and personalities, you’ll find options near wineries and the downtown area. Following your stay, you will feel relaxed and well rested for the next day’s activities. 


Wake up bright and early to spend the morning enjoying the scenic views of Paso Robles on horseback with Central Coast Trailrides. From beach rides to tours of some of the area’s best wineries, Central Coast Trailrides has many experiences to choose from. One of our favorites is the Creston Ranch ride, which offers 360-degree mountain-top views and a complimentary wine tasting voucher to B&E Vineyards, Cass Winery, or Halter Ranch Vineyards!


For the Sightseer   

Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the attractions of Paso’s historic downtown area by following the city’s Walking Art Tour. Along the way, visitors will see an array of sculptures, tile mosaics, murals, and art studios, such as the famous Studios on the Park. Then, take a quick drive up Highway 101 to Mission San Miguel, one of California’s most famous historical and cultural treasures. 


After an afternoon of sight-seeing, indulge in one the area’s local food favorites for dinner. Paso Robles offers a wide array of dining options, from the delicious Basil Thai to the fine dining of Artisan. For a more casual feel, The Taproom at Firestone Walker Brewing has daily brewery tours and a restaurant on site. When the day’s activities have ended, treat yourself to a luxurious, relaxing stay at the famous Hotel Cheval or Paso Robles Inn, both located in the heart of downtown.

In the morning, wake up leisurely and finish your Paso Robles detour by checking out some of the town’s most famous coffee houses. The Kreuzberg Coffee House offers a flavor of Amsterdam café culture with its welcoming, fun, and creative environment. Here, expect to find customers hanging out on their laptops, listening to music, or catching up with friends. For a more domestic flavor, indulge in the hand-crafted expresso drinks and delicious Greek yogurt smoothies of Paso Expresso.


These two itineraries just barely scratch the surface of what options are available for your next 24-hour detour in Paso Robles. Be sure to check out the Travel Paso Itinerary Planning App to create your own perfect day!