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.

So beautiful - we strategized for years to be able to move here! It IS the friendliest town in America.
Reviewed by rupertli
on May 3, 2012
The Splash Cafe is wonder. Their BLAT sandwich is the best. Worth wait and the staff are the friendliest. So this review could also be for friendliest.
Reviewed by phred58
on May 3, 2012
I grew up in SLO County, but was just recently able to move to San Luis Obispo from the North County. I love the outdoor activities, restaurants, downtown areas, the friendly people, and the many small businesses. I absolutely love it here, and hope to be able to stay right where I am with my family for many years to come!
Reviewed by heatre24
on May 3, 2012
SLO is the friendliest town! Just do the smile test: smile at random people and see how many smile back. =D
Reviewed by ciaraaslight
on May 3, 2012
I LOVE to visit San Luis Obispo County. Everyone is so freindly! I hope to relocate there in three years. I feel at PEACE there.
Reviewed by lmlmcbw
on May 3, 2012
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