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.

I love this town, they have one of the best comedy festivals going!
Reviewed by SLOFest
on May 16, 2012
Beautiful, picturesque univeristy town. Near the wine country and many farms. Wonderful food and great weather. Farmer's Market on Thursday nights.
Reviewed by FritziLareau
on May 16, 2012
San Luis Obispo is truely the gem of the Central Coast! The whole atmosphere is warm and welcoming!
Reviewed by arich
on May 16, 2012
We just moved here and I love it so far. Everyone is so friendly. It still has that small town community vibe even though it is a city large enough to provide all the amenities anyone could need. And you can't beat the weather!
Reviewed by myramit
on May 16, 2012
SLO is a wonderful place to visit and live. It is surrounded by beaches, wineries, and beautiful landscapes. You can alway count on the wheather being perfect. It truly is a magical place.
Reviewed by chelseajcutler
on May 15, 2012
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