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Planning your California Getaway? Discover San Luis Obispo County: 20 Fun Facts You Should Know

March 25, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Located half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County is full of hidden treasures and playful adventures that the typical traveler might not readily recognize.

152637_num458381Whether you choose SLO County for its coastal qualities, its culinary treats, or the cultural finesse, there are hundreds of activities and sites to lure you off Highway 101 through discovery routes and onto Highway 1 for breathtaking views and delights.

Discover San Luis Obispo County and learn some fun facts about the area that might just inspire you to book your next vacation destination. With these helpful hints, you can experience the authentic California, like a local, and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

For more travel information about San Luis Obispo County or to plan your next getaway go to the Visit San Luis Obispo County website — featuring everything from regional overviews and events to activities and trip ideas.

152637_num458382Fun Facts You Should Know About San Luis Obispo County:

  1. San Luis Obispo County is located almost exactly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast
  2. Locals call San Luis Obispo County “SLO County”
  3. SLO County consists of smaller cities and towns including Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, San Simeon, Cayucos, Morro Bay and many more
  4. There are 315 days of sunshine a year in SLO County
  5. San Luis Obispo, CA is one of the top 10 most romantic places in America according to Travel and Leisure Magazine
  6. 152637_num458383SLO County is home to two of the 21 historical California Missions  – Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel Arcangel
  7. SLO County is home to one of the West Coast’s greatest tourist attraction, the famed Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon and built by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst
  8. SLO County’s has two distinct wine regions: Paso Robles, recently namedWine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2013 “Wine Region of the Year” and Edna Valley, one of the “coolest” (literally coolest) wine growing regions in California
  9. Wine lovers can taste at over 250 wineries throughout SLO County
  10. SLO County is home to Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, the West Coast’s premier wine, food and lifestyle event
  11. The Guardian, an international news source, ranked Paso Robles in its top 2014 international Holiday Hotspots
  12. There are more than 10 farmers markets each week throughout SLO County where visitors and locals can rub elbows with restaurant chefs, choosing ingredients for fresh farm-to-table cuisine
  13. CBS News Travel Editor, Peter Greenberg, named Paso Robles one of the top places to visit in 2014
  14. Visitors and locals can relax in one of the natural mineral hot springs in Paso Robles or Avila Beach
  15. SLO County is home to dozens of walking, hiking and biking trails, many on a string of volcanic peaks with stunning coastal views
  16. From November to February, San Simeon beaches are home to over 17,000 elephant seals
  17. Morro Rock, located in Morro Bay, is called the “The Gibraltar of the Pacific”
  18. Harmony, CA (located in SLO County) is one of the smallest town in California with a population of 18
  19. San Luis Obispo is home to the first solar powered movie theatre in the nation
  20. The Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where you can drive vehicles onto the beach

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