Things to Do in San Luis Obispo

With mountains, ocean, shopping and vineyards within easy reach, San Luis Obispo—or “SLO” as the locals call it—is a dynamic destination for all travelers. Thousands of acres of protected open space allow for a plethora of hiking and biking opportunities, heightened by gorgeous views of the valley coast. Thanks to SLO’s famously sunny skies, there’s always a good reason to get outside. Rent a surfboard or kayak, and head to the beach, which is just a 10-minute drive away. SLO is proud to offer pet-friendly accommodations, with dog-approved beaches, trails and hotels. Edna Valley’s world-class wine region is also mere minutes away, featuring more than 27 incredible tasting rooms that are surrounded by rolling vineyards and farmland. Beer lovers can take their pick from multiple centrally located craft breweries, and foodies will relish SLO’s diverse and farm-fresh culinary experiences. Downtown SLO is filled with charming shops, restaurants and hotels to suit every taste and budget. Witness SLO’s burgeoning nightlife scene, stroll SLO Creek, or visit Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and learn about the area’s rich history. Don’t forget to stop by Bubblegum Alley, a stage for one of the most colorful photos you’ll ever take. Explore art galleries, kid-friendly museums, community events and the world-famous Thursday night Downtown SLO Farmers Market, or go on a hike and discover your favorite way to relax and have fun at the same time.