Introducing San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo (SLO; sun loo-iss obispo), inland from the coast, is a lively yet low-key town with a high quality of life and vibrant community spirit. Many people find its balance of urban pleasures and relaxed rural charm an ideal balance.
Like so many California cities, it grew up around a mission founded in 1772 by Padre Serra, which is still an active parish today. SLO is also home to the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), which is renowned for its ‘learning by doing’ approach to education. Its 17, 000 students inject a healthy dose of hubbub into city streets, pubs and cafés during the school year.
Thursday is a good day to visit SLO, when the famous farmers market (
SLO’s reasonably priced accommodations and proximity to beaches, state parks and Hearst Castle (45 miles north on Hwy 1) make it a good Central Coast inland hub. It has long been a favorite stop-off for people making the journey between San Francisco and LA.
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San Luis Obispo destination guides
We've all had that little craving, or shall we call it ‘California Dreamin’, for the warm sunshine, sandy beaches and fabulous lifestyles of the rich and famous who call this Golden State home. Oh California, you are an iconic destination for so many reasons. But there is much more to discover away from the big sights on a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Western USA Circuit
When travelling on the Western USA Circuit, discover gourmet delights in California, beat the unruly heat of the Nevada desert, feel the call of the wild in Utah and engage with some small town locals in Arizona. Then take the road back to the coast to finish up in vibrant San Francisco.