San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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San Luis Obispo: the happiest city in America

Roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo or SLO is one of California's oldest communities. It’s a fun destination for beaches, hiking, great food, brewery tours, and California Polytechnic State University. And, according to National Geographic and Oprah Winfrey, it’s the happiest place in America. Book a San Luis Obispo vacation rental to see what all the fuss is about and feel the buzz of this merry, vibrant part of California.

Ocean fun in San Luis Obispo

Based in a San Luis Obispo vacation rental, you’ll be less than 15 miles away from the Pacific Ocean. Head northwest to the wild, windswept beach and tidal bay of Morro State Park for shore fishing, kayaking, SUP, hiking, and biking trails. Head south and you’ll reach the blue waters and beachfront community of Avila Beach on the San Luis Obispo Bay. There you’ll find a seafront boardwalk, golf, hot springs, and, when in season, whale watching. After catching the ocean breeze, you can explore downtown San Luis Obispo’s boutiques, vintage stores, independent cafés, craft breweries, and family-friendly attractions like the tantalizing food markets.

Explore central San Luis Obispo

Mission San Luis Obispo has greeted travelers across many turbulent and fascinating eras. This historic Spanish mission dates back to the late 1700s, and, located in downtown San Luis Obispo on Mission Plaza, it’s also home to a museum. One of San Luis Obispo’s more usual and controversial landmarks is Bubblegum Alley, which is literally an alleyway whose walls are covered in pieces of chewed gum. For something a little more cerebral, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art focuses on work by contemporary California artists.

San Luis Obispo’s pleasant climes

San Luis Obispo enjoys a comfortable climate, with temperatures rarely soaring above 90 degrees, or dipping below freezing. For most of the year, when you stay at a San Luis Obispo vacation rental, you can expect beautiful sunny skies and a moderate climate. In summer, daytime highs are usually in the relatively moderate 80s. Winter sees daytime highs in the 60s and 70s, and crisp, clear nights – so there is no excuse not to get outdoors and enjoy San Luis Obispo’s beautiful scenery all year-round.

Encounters with nature at San Luis Obispo

You can enjoy mountain hikes and the ocean from your San Luis Obispo vacation rental. Clamber up Cerro San Luis Obispo, or Madonna Mountain, to enjoy breathtaking views of the town. Avila Beach, a short drive from your San Luis Obispo vacation rental, is the perfect jumping-off point for kayaking and paddle-boarding trips. If you’re lucky, you might spot seals, otters, sea lions, pelicans, and even whales. The neighboring beach by the historic Port San Luis lighthouse is another great whale-watching spot. Bikers can make the trek to Avila Beach on 2 wheels by biking the Bob Jones Trail that runs along the San Luis Obispo Creek to the bay.