The sunny, tourist downtown of the Five Cities, Pismo Beach is famous for it's pier, car show and clam festival. With a huge collection of oceanfront hotels and resorts Pismo Beach is all about views and seafood. The three geographic regions that split up Pismo Beach are the downtown beachside, the hillside with neighborhoods and local commerce and Shell Beach, a cliffside neighborhood with gorgeous views and tasty local restaurants. Local features include the Monarch Butterfly Grove, an annual migration stop for butterflies heading to Mexico; surfing beaches, caves for kayaking, and a new hiking reserve in the foothills. Pismo trivia: you may have heard it mentioned in The Big Lebowski and as the destination Bugs Bunny was always trying to reach when he made the wrong turn in Albuquerque.