I was invited by Alaska Airlines to share some of my favorite places around my hometown, San Luis Obispo, as part of their Local Wanderer campaign. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, and only minutes from some of California’s most beautiful beaches, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County offers something for every type of vacationer. Whether you are looking for a relaxing time enjoying the sun and sand, or a healthy dose of outdoor activities from hiking, biking, kayaking, and surfing, to exploring the countryside and tasting some of California’s best wines, brews, or farm-to-table eateries, SLO County has it all.
With an average of 300+ days of sunshine per year, an abundance of coastline and open spaces to explore, and plenty of year-round music, culinary, and wine events to enjoy, it is not hard to understand why San Luis Obispo was named the “Happiest City in America”. Despite living in SLO for most of my life, I still find myself regularly reflecting on how fortunate I am to call this place home.
There is no shortage of adventures to experience in SLO, which makes it difficult to narrow down a few recommendations for what to see and do in the area, but I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite places to help you get a dose of the “SLO Life” that locals love.
Click here to check them out.