San Luis Obispo
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The people who live, work and play in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas consistently rate "quality of life" as the number one reason they are drawn to this gem of California's Central Coast.
Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and surrounded by gently rolling hills and lush vineyards, the city prides itself on its friendly, small town atmosphere that's enhanced by a thriving academic influence, an extensive arts community, diverse cultures and a healthy business environment.
The historic San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa and its scenic plaza are the centerpiece of the picturesque downtown which offers something for everyone. Sunset Magazine named it Best Downtown in the West, The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored it with a Great American Main Street Award and then placed it in the Top 12 Distinctive Destination Cities.
World-class artists regularly delight audiences at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Mozart Festival, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, a nationally acclaimed Farmer's Market and numerous wine, food and sporting events draw enthusiastic fans from all over.
The mild year-round climate invites people to get out of their cars and enjoy the great outdoors. Subsequently, the area is a magnet not only for weekend athletes, but also professionals. Whether it's biking the back roads, hiking the peaks or surfing great waves, locals and visitors find that the experience of living the "SLO Life" is more than a state of mind.