DescriptionFounded as a mission in 1772, San Luis Obispo grew into a full-fledged town only after completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1894. Today the city is accessible via US 101 and is known as the home of California Polytechnic State University; for information about free guided tours phone (805) 756-5734. The university's Performing Arts Center hosts cultural events; phone (805) 756-4849 or (888) 233-2787 for ticket information.
A farmers market takes place on the 600-900 blocks of Higuera Street each Thursday evening from 6 to 9 and at 333 Madonna Rd. Saturday mornings from 8 to 10:30. There are stalls of fresh produce as well as barbecue stands. Many retail stores remain open, and free street entertainment includes bands and puppet shows on Thursday.
Mission Plaza, a developed wooded creek and urban oasis, offers events throughout the year, including a free concert series every Friday at 5, mid-June to early September. San Luis Obispo is part of a scenic 252-mile stretch of SR 1 to San Francisco. Continuing southward, San Luis Obispo provides access to an interesting 204-mile drive on US 101 to Los Angeles.
Visitor InfoSan Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce 895 Monterey St. SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93401. Phone:(805)781-2670
Things to SeeCentral Coast Veterans' Memorial Museum
The Wine Wranglersee Paso Robles.
WINERIESEdna Valley Vineyard