We all need something to look forward to again. And nothing is more exciting than planning that next perfect getaway. That’s why SLO CAL Is joining the United States Travel Association's newly launched “Let’s Go There” campaign that encourages consumers to get inspired, save a date, and book a trip.

According to new polling conducted by happiness researcher, Michelle Gielan, 97% of respondents say that having a trip planned makes them happier. After the year we’ve had, we can all use an extra dose of happiness!

It’s time to feel that feeling once again. Let’s get inspired. Let’s save a date. Let’s book a trip. And aim for the destination that will feel like no other. SLO CAL® (San Luis Obispo, CA) is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California’s Central Coast. From the fresh mountain air in San Luis Obispo and the widespread vineyards in Paso Robles to the undiscovered beaches along Highway 1, you can find what you’re looking for in the California Less Traveled. As you plan your next getaway to SLO CAL, keep these tips in mind.

 

Pack accordingly

Whether you’re wine tasting or hanging ten, protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen. The cool breezes along the Central Coast make for chilly evenings, so pack a light sweater or jacket too. Per the statewide mandate, face coverings are required when you cannot maintain a social distance - bring along face coverings or find cloth masks available for purchase at local shops.

Man Pouring Wine for Group of Friends at Tooth and Nail Winery in SLO CAL

 

Discover #SLOCALSafely

Did you know SLO CAL is California’s third-largest wine region? Thanks to the ideal growing conditions, you can find many wine varieties across the region. Most of SLO CAL’s 250+ wineries are open for seated, outdoor tastings, but be sure to call ahead or book online before stopping by! Dine-in restaurants are also serving customers outside - while not all restaurants require reservations, it is recommended to call ahead or check online.

Bring your takeout to San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza where the city has tables and chairs set out at an appropriate social distance. Paso Roble’s Downtown City Park is also open for wining and dining with friends and family safely. The private, spaced-out tables are available for reservation on Yelp. After dinner, walk-through Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio in Paso Robles, a multi-acre walk through art installation with more than 58,800 lights. Tickets are available online and sell fast.

man walking his dog along a boardwalk in Cambria in SLO CAL

 

Enjoy wide-open spaces

Keep a safe social distance in SLO CAL’s wide-open spaces. You can discover the Californa Less Traveled without the crowds, from secret beaches to hidden swings. Find an excluded beach along Highway 1 like Ragged Point’s San Carpoforo Creek Trail and Montana de Oro’s Spooner’s Cove. If you’re looking for a dog-friendly option, visit Olde Port Beach, just past Avila Beach Pier near Port San Luis Harbor.

Take in dreamy views at SLO CAL’s hundreds of hiking trails. Whether you’re searching for the hidden swings atop Ontario Ridge, Poly Canyon and Cerro San Luis or walking along the water on the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, you can find a trail for all levels of experience.