San Luis Obispo, California

The Location

San Luis Obispo (SLO) is located in San Luis Obispo County, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. SLO is in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country, between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Range.

With one of the highest rates of college-educated residents in California, the city is home to California Polytechnic State University and Cuesta College. Dubbed "America's Happiest City" by Oprah Winfrey, SLO's 45,000 residents enjoy 315 sunny days a year.

Education, government, services and healthcare power the local economy.

San Luis Obispo is served by the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (which provides nonstop service to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix), as well as public transit, rail, U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1. Bicycling is popular form of transportation - in fact, San Luis Obispo's Bill Roalman Bicycle Boulevard has a special bicycle traffic signal and gives priority to bicyclists.

Arts and Entertainment

The city is home to a number of historical, cultural, dining and outdoor attractions. Visit the well-preserved Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, take in a show at the Performing Arts Center, shop and dine in the charming downtown, explore the nearby Central Coast wine region, purchase fresh produce at the Thursday night farmers' market, dine at a farm-to-fork restaurant, explore the children's museum, check out Art After Dark, or take a 45-minute drive to the Hearst Castle.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy SLO's numerous hiking and biking trails, national forest, state parks, golf, ziplining, and nearby lakes and coastline.


The local public schools are run by San Luis Coastal Unified School District, which has 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools and a school for adults. There are also several private schools in the city. San Luis Obispo is home to California Polytechnic State University, which has an enrollment of nearly 26,000 students, and Cuesta College, a community college.

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