Visit San Luis Obispo, the Third Best College Town in the United States

san luis obispoAccording to Travel and Leisure, San Luis Obispo is the third best college town in the United States. Our SLO-town has already appeared on several “best town” lists, including one of the happiest places in the world, but this time we knocked it out of the park as the only West Coast town to make the 20 best college towns list.

744 towns were nominated for this honor, but San Luis Obispo gained distinction due to its array of wineries and coffee shops, free summer concerts, numerous outdoor activities, and the annual International Film Festival held each spring.

Coffee Shops and Cafés

Travel and Leisure readers gave SLO the top score for “coffee.” That’s right. Coffee. There are nearly 100 coffee shops stretching across San Luis Obispo County, but local SLO favorites include the Nautical Bean and Froggie’s Café, or head towards the beach for an unmatchable specialty drink from the Steaming Bean.

Concerts in the Plaza

Concerts in the Plaza is brought to San Luis Obispo every summer by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association. These concerts are performed every Friday night from 5:00-8:00pm and are free to the public. This year, concerts will be held from June 13th until September 5th.

The SLO International Film Festival

This year the International Film Festival (SLOIFF) will be held March 5th – 9th. This premiere 5-day event showcases contemporary and classic films across an array of genres encompassing the various tastes and preferences of all movie goers. The SLOIFF’s mission is “to entertain, educate and inspire film-goers and filmmakers. Movies Matter!”

Some highlights of the SLOIFF include the Hollywood & Vines Events that pair exquisite local wines with film classics and the Red Carpet Events that welcome celebrities, Hollywood filmmakers and action sports legends.

SLO Wine Country

SLO Wine Country encompasses San Luis Obispo and its surrounding towns of Santa Margarita, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande. Drive 20 minutes in any direction to locate more than 25 artisan vintners and family-owned wineries providing a diverse range of varietals and styles.

Whether you are visiting family who attend Cal Poly or Cuesta, or you are looking for an adventure at one of the happiest places on earth, you will not want to miss experiencing all the reasons San Luis Obispo is considered one of the top college towns in America.

And after your escapade, take time to relax and soak up the spectacular ocean view from a guestroom at SeaCrest, Pismo Beach’s premier OceanFront Hotel.

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