Dubbed the happiest city in America in Dan Buettner’s book, Thrive, San Luis Obispo’s combination of beaches, mountains and wineries convinced Oprah the town was worthy of the title. Locals credit wide sidewalks and a town square, a ban on drive-thru’s and public smoking, and bike valets as contributors to the town’s unique happiness. An emphasis on small businesses and openness to bartering are part of the neighborly relationships between locals.
This small town offers something for every visitor from hiking, biking or golfing to spas, fine dining and wine tastings. In the Central Coast wine region, over two-dozen family-owned wineries throughout three valleys host tastings, tours and events. There’s no shortage of local events including Art After Dark, Concerts in the Park, Festival Mozaic, Open Studios Tour, and an International Film Festival. You can also browse the farmer’s market every day of the week here.
The historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a must-see and within the two-block plaza you’ll find the History Center of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and the Children’s Museum. Additionally and Hearst Castle is just north of the town.
A trip to the Central Coast wouldn’t be complete without beach time where surfing, water sports, nature trails and state parks present a variety of options for recreation or relaxation. View photos of the breath-taking coast and read reviews here.
Great place. Fantastic Farmers' Market. Beautiful setting.
Love this town! They have the best farmers market on Thursday nights.
On behalf of the Zongo All-Stars, we thank the Rogue Riders to come on down to see how warm our community is for our Friday Concets in the Plaza! Thanks much & we sure hope you enjoyed SLO!
We moved here 20 years ago from SO CA where, sadly, there are too many people. Too many people make for cranky people (on the roads, in stores, etc.). SLO is the best place to raise children. The weather is almost perfect and the setting is gorgeous with mountains, valleys and ocean and cuture within minutes of one's home. How could you not be happy here?
If "friendly" is code for rich and white, then this is absolutely the friendliest town I've ever seen.