San Luis Obispo, California

Votes



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"

Description

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 always knew I liked the wide array of great restaurants — many of them very reasonable — but now that I'm out of state I nearly go crazy craving some of them. SLO is a fantastic place for the weather, scenery and food. Even the weekly Farmers Market boasts delicious dinner items from many street vendors.
Reviewed by karinblue
on May 9, 2012
The climate is amazing, the downtown is charming, the wine is superb, and the people are happy and friendly. A wonderful gem of a town.
Reviewed by sgbslo
on May 9, 2012
The people are warm and welcoming - just like the weather and scenery.
Reviewed by jbilsten
on May 9, 2012
Warm and very friendly fokes.
Reviewed by Ruffer
on May 9, 2012
Amazing little town!
Reviewed by skgpo3
on May 9, 2012
Showing 81 through 85 of 205 reviews

Population

45,119

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