A city in the Central Coast region of California, San Luis Obispo is nestled half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The small college city is renowned for its carefully preserved and thriving 19th-century centre, a flourishing art gallery scene, and a burgeoning wine producing reputation. San Luis Obispo and its surrounding areas boast extraordinary resources for outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and surfing. Every Thursday evening San Luis Obispo plays host to one of California’s most celebrated farmers markets. Local farmers rub shoulders with college students and eager tourists, all hoping to experience the city’s eclectic culinary delights. For a dose of history, visitors should see the birthplace of the serene city, the beautiful Mission San Luis Obispo. The building, which is one of California’s oldest Catholic Missions is still an active parish, and is home to a charming museum. Children will also revel in the many fun activities the city has to offer, including the Children’s Museum and Morro Bay Aquarium. For a look at the lighter side of San Luis Obispo visit the eccentrically decorated Madonna Inn, where nothing is consistent apart from the abundance of pink in the outrageous decor.
In San Luis Obispo itself there is a regional bus system that offers a regular service until late night on weekdays (6PM on the weekends) to most points of interest in the city centre.
San Luis Obispo has a small airport that offers routes to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix. San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (SBP) is located just south of the city and can be easily accessed by taxi or shuttle bus. If you would prefer to rent a car to explore the San Luis Obispo area, all the major car rental firms can be found inside the terminal building.
Most people fly into San Luis Obispo County (SBP) if they book a flight to San Luis Obispo. County is conveniently located just 3.3 mi from San Luis Obispo’s city center.