San Luis Obispo, CA

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San Luis Obispo, with its small-town, Californian charm, offers heritage sites, outdoor adventure and a thriving arts scene.

San Luis Obispo, roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, impresses visitors with its scenic setting. Here, the natural beauty of California is visible in vineyards, mountains and the nearby Pacific Coast. The town was raised around the mission of Father Junípero Serra, which was established in 1772. Today the downtown area presents a well-preserved collection of Victorian homes and historic landmarks.

All the main attractions of San Luis Obispo are closely grouped around downtown, so it’s easy to get around on foot. Set out to discover centuries-old landmarks, such as the house of Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet, the town’s first winemaker.

Learn about the town’s modern history at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. This active church also has a museum that illustrates the history of Native Americans and Californian missionaries. Surrounding the site is Mission Plaza. In summer, this is one of the venues of the Festival Mozaic, a popular chamber music festival. While in this area, visit San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Free events, such as the I Madonnari chalk art and Art After Dark open-house festivals, take place here.

To the north of town is Leaning Pine Arboretum, part of California Polytechnic State University. Here you can see displays of regional plants as well as Australian, Chilean, Mediterranean and South African varieties. Check out the views from the nearby Bishop Peak Trail.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the hiking and biking trails of Montana Oro State Park to the west of town. To the east, Lopez Lake has trails for all fitness levels.

Be sure to visit the pier and restaurants at San Luis Obispo Bay and Avila Beach, which are just a 15-minute drive from the town center.

San Luis Obispo’s food and drink scene promotes homegrown produce, and a farmer’s market takes place every Thursday on Higuera Street, the main shopping area in town. Sample barbecued tri-tip beef, a traditional Californian dish, while you watch street performers and local bands. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the wineries in nearby Edna Valley, just 10 minutes from the town center.

Where to stay in San Luis Obispo

Apple Farm
Apple Farm
3.5 out of 5
2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA
The price is NT$4,130 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fremont Theater, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and Sierra Vista Regional Medical ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (915 reviews)
"I have stayed at the Apple Farm before but it was my first time staying on the Trellis side. The room was much smaller than the main hotel building but was furnished with the same country style furnishings. The Trellis rooms are fine for a night but too cramped for my liking. The hospitality continues ..."

Reviewed on 2021/9/20

Apple Farm
Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn
3.5 out of 5
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
The price is NT$6,071 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in San Luis Obispo, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, Laguna Lake Park, and Cerro San Luis Obispo. Emerson ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,501 reviews)
"Quirky, wonderful, and unlike any other place you could possibly visit. Go here for a unique experience."

Reviewed on 2021/9/20

Madonna Inn
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo
3.5 out of 5
333 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
The price is NT$4,629 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Madonna Plaza Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission San Luis Obispo de ...
4.2/5Excellent! (941 reviews)
"It's clean and well kept."

Reviewed on 2021/9/11

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
SLO Brew Lofts
SLO Brew Lofts
4 out of 5
738 Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA
Located in Downtown San Luis Obispo, this condo building is steps from Bubblegum Alley, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and Mission Plaza. History Center of San ...
4.4/5Excellent! (40 reviews)
"It was a great in-town location and a gorgeous place. However, the unit we were in fronted Higuera street which was very loud with nightlife noise until about 1 am"

Reviewed on 2021/5/8

SLO Brew Lofts
Marshall Farm
Marshall Farm
3.5 out of 5
430 Green Gate Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
Situated in San Luis Obispo, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Kynsi Winery and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Edna Valley Vineyard. Wolff Vineyards and Price Anniversary ...
Marshall Farm
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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