San Luis Obispo, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

270 Votes - "Friendliest"
37 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"


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.

Love going to SLO, they are friendly!
Reviewed by rpappas
on May 16, 2012
Great place to live. People are friendly and are enjoying the SLO Life.
Reviewed by boblorenz
on May 16, 2012
I love San Luis Obispo. I definitely feel happy when I am there. Its a beautiful place to be and everyone is so friendly. From the beautiful rolling hills to the wonderful beaches there is no better place on earth!
Reviewed by bgrijalva
on May 16, 2012
San Luis Obispo has the friendliest people in the United States... Just go to any of the farmers markets and you will find more friendly people than any other place. In fact, anywhere you go here, this will be the case.
Reviewed by lisaqueenmother
on May 16, 2012
My husband and I fell in love with San Luis Obispo during college and are so fortunate to get to raise our children in this friendly sunny place!
Reviewed by navarro
on May 16, 2012
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