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Visit The First Motel in the World

While on a mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey, we added a stop at the first motel in the world to our itinerary. The first “Mo-tel” was opened on December 12, 1925, and was closed in 1991. Since we love to travel, we thought it would be neat to have a chance to see where travel first started right in the heart of San Luis Obispo.

We were driving a beautiful 2017 Buick Encore that made it easy to locate the destination with the vehicles seamless navigation system. The motel was located right on the side of the freeway making it easy for us to stop and take a look without adding a lot to our drive time.

When we arrived at the motel, we pulled our Buick Encore into the parking lot, parked the car, and took some time to look around. The only part of the original motel still standing is one wall that is reinforced with steel beams, a tower, and the sign. We didn’t get too close to the wall because warning signs were posted on the wall advising visitors that they should have a construction hard hat on before getting close to the historic building.

It was neat getting a chance to show my daughter a piece of history. After we had left the motel, my daughter looked up the history of the motel online, and we talked about what it must have been like to live in that era. When planning a road trip with your family through the Central Coast, make plans to stop and visit the first motel ever to be built. It is located at 2223 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA.

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