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Savor the good life in this serene coastal town, an inviting getaway located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. “SLO” isn’t just the airport code of this chilled-out city. It’s a way of life – a slower-paced lifestyle with plenty of time to swim at the beach, wander through art galleries, and taste wines in the countryside.
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Nestled between gentle volcanic peaks in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, San Luis Obispo is both young and old. The presence of Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) infuses the city with the youthful buzz of student energy. But it’s also one of the oldest communities in California – and the best place to begin exploring is at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. This meticulously restored Spanish mission from the 1700s is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved in existence. Walk through the expansive, block-long garden courtyard of this active parish church.
The mission is situated in the heart of San Luis Obispo, in the bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown neighborhood. Browse the eclectic shops and restaurants of Higuera Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. Soak in the lively atmosphere at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. Gaze up at charming 19th-century architecture. Take a sticky picture of Bubblegum Alley and stroll creekside pathways. Browse brilliant works by California artists at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
Get out of town to relish the area’s extraordinary natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Go swimming, surfing, and sea kayaking at fantastic beaches. Hike and bike on coastal trails. Take a short drive to Edna Valley to find picture-perfect wineries. Kick back and discover the slow-moving pleasures of life in San Luis Obispo.