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.

If you've never lived the SLO Life, You're missing out. SLO is the Friendliest Town in California - to include the entire county. SLO has "Everything" a person desires and deserves to live a prosperous life. Epic Beaches - Mountains - neighborhoods- a scenic history ... there's so much to share about this city. You'll need a cold beer to hear the stories of why SLO is the "Friendliest Town" in California. Come to SLO and enjoy your own journeys.
Reviewed by
on May 8, 2012
I love this town! So friendly and beautiful!
Reviewed by Gingero
on May 8, 2012
SLO makes you feel right at home.
Reviewed by mtbest5
on May 3, 2012
Definitely the friendliest- love this place!
Reviewed by jacquelinemommy
on May 3, 2012
The people in America's Happiest City are most definitely the friendliest, as well. There's just something about living the SLO life that puts you in a good mood and makes you want to share it with others. Life is good.
Reviewed by aeleath
on May 3, 2012
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