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What Makes San Luis Obispo the Happiest Place in America?

Apr 19, 2021, Miscellaneous

If you’re searching for the happiest place in the country to visit, look no further than San Luis Obispo, a charming seaside city situated on California’s Central Coast halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pristine beaches, abundant sunshine all year long, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere are just a few of the things that have led San Luis Obispo to become known as “The Happiest City in America.” Here are several reasons this coastal treasure is such a pleasant place to visit.

Laid-Back Vibe

The relaxed pace of life in San Luis Obispo is one of the main reasons people love to visit the area. Don’t think that means SLO is dull, though. The locals still enjoy life’s finer pleasures—they simply do it a little more slowly, smiling all the while.

Outdoor Fun

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better location than this little slice of California heaven on earth. Surrounded by mountains, vineyards, rolling hills, and forests—in addition to the gorgeous coastline and beaches—SLO offers some of the most breathtaking views in California. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you’ll feel right at home here. There are endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, from kayaking in spectacular Morro Bay to surfing at Pismo Beach and hiking to the summit of Cerro San Luis Obispo. With SLO’s mild, sunny climate, you’ll be able to get outdoors any time of year. After a day of fun in the sun and coastal breezes, take a walk along the beach under the clear starry sky before returning to your hotel. SLO visitors who enjoy year-round outdoor activities will adore San Luis Obispo.

Dynamic Downtown

In downtown San Luis Obispo, you’ll find a huge variety of trendy boutique stores, cozy coffee shops, lively cafes, and cool craft breweries. Downtown SLO is a favorite spot where locals love to gather and enjoy the famous Thursday night farmers’ market, summertime weekly concerts, and Art after Dark on the first Friday of every month. 

Incredible Food & Wine

When you’re downtown, you’ll be blown away by the incredible food scene. Restaurants such as Luna Red, Novo, and The Vegetable Butcher source locally grown produce and ingredients to serve fresh California cuisine in exquisite settings. You’ll also find a wide variety of craft breweries, including Central Coast Brewery and Libertine Brewing Company. If you’re more of an oenophile, check out Edna Valley, one of California’s finest wine regions, which is only a 15-minute drive from downtown.


If you’re ready to explore “The Happiest City in America,” make your reservation at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier local hotel. San Luis Obispo visitors return again and again to our AAA Three-Diamond property, which features soothing Spanish-inspired décor, a tranquil fountain area, a heated outdoor pool and spa, and amenities such as free WiFi, gym access, and parking. Call us at (800) 441-4657 today to reserve your room or suite. 

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