San Luis Obispo Vacations

San Luis Obispo is a relaxed (one of its nicknames is SLO) town on California’s Central Coast halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Attractions include the wineries along Highway 46 where you can taste local varietals from different years, and the also well-aged Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, an excellent example of 18th century ... Read more
Spanish architecture. The Thursday evening farmers’ market on Higuera Street is a local institution, where you can hear bands and eat barbecue while picking up your weekly fruit and veg. The presence of California Polytechnic Institute, with its "learning by doing" policy, keeps a healthy dose of intellectual curiosity running through SLO, and hotels run the gamut from basic Motel 6 to theme rooms at the Madonna Inn. Full of quirky charm and quality experiences, San Luis Obispo definitely deserves a stopover.
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The stretch of California coastline from Big Sur to Santa Barbara has some of the most beautiful weather (and scenery) on the planet, with temperatures rarely getting too hot or too cold all year, and a ... Read more
refreshing breeze to keep things airy on days that the sun is out in full force. WIth that said, if you do head inland, be prepared for some very hot weather during the summer, and as with much of the state, it is necessary to bring a light jacket no matter when you travel because nights year round can get cool. If camping is part of your plans, make your reservations well in advance if you will be traveling from late spring to early fall as camp sites book up fast.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

San Luis Obispo is located on the central coast of California and is a cute quaint little town.

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West Covina

This is a great college town and the downtown area has lots of delicious foods!

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Santa Clara, California

San Luis Obispo is one of my favorite places to visit! There are so many outdoorsy activities to do, such as hiking, biking, wine tasting, or a day at the beach. One of my favorite things to do is wander down the main street on a Thursday night during the Farmer's Market. My husband and I both went to Cal Poly, and since we love the area so much, we decided to get married down there! I would highly recommend a visit to SLO for anyone who wants to relax and have fun at the same time.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

This is such a fun place to visit! Very close to ATVing at Pismo Beach. There's a gum wall for istagram lovers. There's an above the cloud hike called Bishop Peak. Lastly, if you message me, I will tell you where to stay that offers free skeet shooting with housing. My secret to reveal. :) PS. Must eat at Splash Cafe if you ATV at Pismo!

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Carlsbad, California

San Luis Obispo is a family-friendly college town widely recognized for its beautiful scenic hikes and quaint downtown area with tons of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more. Whether it be stopping through the gum wall to snap a touristy photo or conquering the intimidating but well-worth-it Bishops Peak hike, you can't go wrong with a trip to SLO.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

San Luis Obispo has a very nice downtown area which is fun to explore. Many of the restaurants are particularly good. The train station and the university are both away from the downtown area.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Calm city. Friendly people and drivers. Although they might drive a little slow because they are old, it's still a good city to live inn when you need to get away from where you are from. I escaped LA to SLO and I experienced a great living style here. if things were meant to be, I would live here again.

Downtown bars are lively on the weekends. If you are a clubbing/dancing person, Library and mo/tav would be your place. If you want to drink and chill ? Go to black sheep. if you want live music, go to frogs & peach! By the way, if you go downtown on your 21st birthday, free shots in most bars. Make sure you got a DD, because you will need it. :)

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Mountain View, California, USA

San Luis Obispo is great place to live or visit. The weather is great year round and there is plenty to do outdoors including mountain biking, hiking, golfing, or a short drive to the beach. The bars and restaurants are fun and affordable. The community is a good mix of college kids and families. Downtown is great to walk around and shop in, and Thursday night Farmer's Market is always a good time.

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Arroyo Grande, California

About 10 minutes north on 101. Take Marsh Ave exit and head to the old town a couple of minutes down Marsh. Great restaurant and shopping. Also not to be missed.

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San Diego, California, USA

This is my hometown, so I might have some bias towards the city. Growing up there and also attending Cal Poly for college, you might think I'm sick of it, but I still love it. Having left the city for a few years now has been weird but also eye-opening. Now when I go back home, I appreciate it so much more. The small town feel and the slow pace of the city is very refreshing to come back to.

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