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Locals call the town "SLO", some say "San Luis" with the Luis pronounced as "Lewis". Whatever it is called, it is a beautiful American City with a little bit of everything for everyone. From the early beginnings as a California Mission stop, "Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa" still sits proudly in the center of town, since the late 1700's, as the beacon of peace and tranquility next to the San Luis Creek at the Mission Plaza.

The town is modern and upbeat, yet relaxed and mellow. The climate is ideal for outdoor activities and one of the premiere events is the Thursday Night Farmers Market that draws the locals as well as those hundreds of miles away. Wineries dot the Edna Valley area and the beaches are nearby. California Polytechnic State University, "Cal Poly", in town and Cuesta College, nearby on Hwy 1, brings a vibrant youthful presence to the town. The scenic Highway 1, the "Pacific Coast Big Sur" road that goes from SLO to Monterey starts right in town on Santa Rosa Street going north, or off of Highway 101 at the CA-1 N exit toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle. It is about 144 miles of spectacular costal scenery.

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    A cultural TV show called Divine Life featured this the other day. YOu have done a splendid job of showing the sites and describing how nice the place is to visit.

  • saskia1806's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    Lovely tips. Great advice. We'll be in SLO on first Thursday this September (first time in America-someone pinch me I am so excited!!!) and I can't WAIT for the Farmer's Market etc!! Great pics...I can almost taste the strawberries

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Lovely - especially the vino - I do remember Edna. Can only pray Italian teens don't hear about Bubble Gum Alley - God forbid! Ciao, <(??)>

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Wow, I want to go through this alley!!! BUBBLE GUN ALLEY...awesome place...hehehe....

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Bubble Gum Alley....LMAO!! Wow, my boys would think this wall rocks. Yeah yuck factor is right, yet you gotta love customs. Still, SLO is charming. Nice page!

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    The balloon man is also a physics teacher at Cal Poly

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    Hi, Larry ! Thanx for you good page..... Great!


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