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San Luis Obispo Introduction

Historic downtown streets give way to rolling hills in San Luis Obispo, along California's Central Coast. Lively city blocks are full of fashion boutiques and trendy coffee shops, while attractions like the old Spanish mission here hold on to the town's roots. The outdoorsy types will appreciate the wide availability of hiking and biking trails nearby, in wide open parks and up rocky mounts, while beach lovers can head toward the coast for sandy swaths on San Luis Obispo Bay.

Hotels in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo hotels range from trendy downtown rooms with brick accents, modern furnishings, and lobby lounges to classic inns with cozy doubles in low-profile buildings. Amenities like free WiFi and parking come standard, with some properties adding on perks like breakfast buffets in the morning, on-site fitness rooms, and outside pools perfect for enjoying the warm Californian sun. Road trippers will appreciate the availability of cheap San Luis Obispo hotel deals along Route 1 heading in and out of town, mostly in chain motels. Just be sure to book early for the busy summer months.

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Where to stay

Downtown San Luis Obispo hotels benefit from proximity to numerous shopping and dining opportunities. Whether it's a budget inn just off the main highway or one of the stylish lodgings near Higuera Street, hotels in this zone are on public transit lines and in walking distance to museums, entertainment venues, and pubs. Just south of town where routes 1 and 101 intertwine, modern hotels cluster around shopping plazas where you'll find big-box stores, fast-food eateries, and chain restaurants. This area is also near Laguna Lake and a number of parks with hiking trails as well as a short drive to San Luis Obispo Bay.

Things to see

There's tons to explore in downtown San Luis Obispo, from historic districts to an alley lined with chewing-gum walls that has turned into a tourist destination. Start with a stroll down Higuera Street, a tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly zone full of coffee houses, fashion shops, and a global dining scene with everything from tapas to barbecue to sushi. Surrounding blocks are home to cultural destinations, like the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a 1700s church with gardens and a museum. Parks and open space fill the outskirts of town, with miles of trails to explore. Head over the Irish Hills Nature Reserve for mountain biking and hiking or to Bishop's Peak, a popular trek up a volcanic plug with panoramic views of the city and its hilly surrounds below from the peak.

How to get to San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo's locale along California's scenic Highway 1 makes it a class road trip destination, with the dramatic cliffs of Big Sur to the north and classic coastal towns like Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara to the south. If you're flying in, San Luis Obispo Regional Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown and handles a few nonstop routes on major carriers. For train travel, San Luis Obispo Station is on Amtrak's line. Once you've arrived, the city's trolleys make it easy to get around downtown neighborhoods without needing a car.

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