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.

Amazing people, many smiles and great outdoors makes SLO the wonderful place we call home.
Reviewed by Sgentry
on May 3, 2012
Very charming place to live. Friendly people. Hometown atmosphere.
Reviewed by atodd
on May 3, 2012
SLO is a great town. The people are happy so it make them very open and friendly. There is a strong feeling of sense of community that is rare for California. Come visit and see for yourself, I think you will agree.
Reviewed by gnewland
on May 3, 2012
I moved to "SLO" as they call it about 3 years ago. It is beautiful and friendly. People say "hi" and you can actually know your neighbors. They have a fantastic farmers market every Thursday night where they close down the main street in town. It is fantastic. The city is not too small, and not too big. It's a great place to be and let children grow up.
Reviewed by bencollinwood
on May 3, 2012
Who wouldn't be happy surfing in the morning, hiking in the afternoon and wine tasting in the evening? With the natural beauty, climate and recreational opportuities, San Luis Obispo can't be beat!
Reviewed by Atascamama
on May 3, 2012
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