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This area of Central Coast California has nearly 45,000 residents.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 230 miles to the north of San Luis Obispo, while Atascadero is 14 miles to the north.
Let the kids blow off some steam at the Fremont Theater and Avila Beach Community Center. Want more? The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Luffa Farm will ensure the good times keep on coming.
Central Coast Aquarium and Morro Bay Aquarium offer guests a chance to see the marvelous world of underwater creatures.
The region's wineries certainly know how to delight the senses. Meet the passionate cellar masters, sample some expertly crafted wines and enjoy a great day out at the Justin Vineyards and Winery and the Foxen Vineyard and Winery. Afterwards, if you have sufficient time, also consider the Riverbench Vineyard and Winery and the Kenneth Volk Vineyards.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden plays an integral role in safeguarding the region's botanical species. Be sure to stop in and support their hard work.
Take five from the stresses of travel at one of the area's leafy public parks. You'll love whiling away the day at Simas Park, Sunken Gardens and Margo Dodd Park.
Would you like to do a bit of bird-watching? Perhaps get the fishing gear out if conditions are good? The area's lakes offer a range of activities for adventurers of all ages. Oso Flaco Lake, Atascadero Lake Park and Soda Lake are among the most popular. Find out which one best suits you before you head over for a fun-filled day outdoors!
On a nice day, Pismo State Beach and Morro Strand State Beach are the places to go to breathe sea air, walk along the water's edge and watch the clouds pass on overhead.
Switch off your phone and have a break from the noises of the modern world at Morro Rock and Morro Bay State Park. Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve are also appreciated by nature-loving locals.
For something on the educational side, head to a couple of the local cultural establishments. The top ones are the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.
Inquisitive minds should see Terrace Hill Olive Oil, a fun science center.
Not only are the objects and curiosities at the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Natural History fun to look at, they're also highly educational.
Do you want to feel inspired? Fill your afternoon with artwork and complex creations at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
The History Center of San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society are both great places if you're interested in the history of the world.
Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the California Polytechnic State University or the Camp Roberts, just two of the historic buildings and sites here. More stories from the days of yore are waiting for you at Dallidet Adobe and Gardens and Price Anniversary House.
Swinging Bridge is a striking structure that has been a vital crossing point for residents from both sides of the water.
Travelers with a fascination for religion will no doubt want to swing by Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
After experiencing the principle attractions in and around San Luis Obispo, consider stopping by some of its lesser-known sights. North Beach Campground and Avila Beach Golf Resort are some good options. Also, contemplate visiting Blacklake Golf Resort and Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables if you have the time.
Situated in San Luis Obispo, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Cerro San Luis Obispo and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. San Luis Obispo Children's Museum and Bubblegum Alley are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Margo Dodd Park. Price Anniversary House and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Cerro San Luis Obispo and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. San Luis Obispo Children's Museum and Bubblegum Alley are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Pismo Beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Margo Dodd Park and Pismo Beach Pier. Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Monarch Butterfly Grove are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Maria, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Maria Valley Historical Society, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and Simas Park. Natural History Museum and Santa Maria Fairpark are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Paso Robles, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Library and Paso Robles Children's Museum. Anglim Winery and Paso Robles Pioneer Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Pismo Beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier, Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets. North Beach Campground and Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Price Anniversary House, Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve and North Beach Campground. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and Pismo Beach Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).