Introduction to Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles, California, in San Luis Obispo county, is 49 miles N of Santa Maria, California (center to center) and 92 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city is included in the San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 24,297 people lived in Paso Robles.
Paso Robles History
Paso Robles is also known as the City of El Paso de Robles or simply 'Paso' to locals. It is famous for its thermal springs. The Salinan Indians were among the most historical inhabitants of Paso Robles, and thousands of years earlier, this area was known as 'Springs'. It was originally a part of a Spanish land grant that was, in 1857, purchased by James and Daniel Blackburn. The Southern Pacific Railroad reached Paso Robles in 1886, and the first train arrived on the 31st of October that year. In December 1940, a devastating fire destroyed the area's most famous hotel, and this was followed by a San Simeon earthquake on December 22, 2003. However, the area soon became a prosperous city with the thriving wine industry.
Paso Robles and nearby Attractions
- Hearst Castle
- Morro Bay
- Lake Nacimiento
- Mission San Miguel Arcangel
- Hunter Ranch Golf Course
- Arciero Winery
Things To Do In Paso Robles
Visitors in Paso Robles can take a tour of the Hearst Castle that was built in 1919 by the multi-millionaire and media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Children can enjoy the free exhibit with a Treasure Hunt map, and they are even given prizes for participation. The Lake Nacimiento is a beautiful hangout where one can rent a boat, water-ski, wakeboard and even go fishing. The city boasts of pristine fairways lined with century-old oak trees, lakes and natural grasses. The Hunter Ranch Golf Course, set atop a beautiful vista, is the perfect place to enjoy a game of golf surrounded by century-old oak trees and lakes.
Paso Robles Transportation
Paso Robles Muni is the nearest airport.
Paso Robles Higher Education
Cuesta College serves the area.