When’s the Optimal Time for Visiting San Luis Obispo?

October 8, 2020

So you’ve made the decision to visit San Luis Obispo, CA. You’re in for the trip of a lifetime on the Central Coast, thanks to plenty of attractions and natural wonders to explore. But it’s likely you’re wondering when to go. Check out our thoughts below on the best time to visit our wonderful city.


Hikers and wine lovers will “fall” in love with the city during autumn. Explore the volcano at Islay Hill, picnic on Terrace Hill, or take in the views at Cerro San Luis Obispo. Wine drinkers will be thrilled by the chance to explore Central Coast Wines, the Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room, and many other area wineries. Pose for snapshots capturing your tastings and enjoy the drinks in relaxing settings. If you need a rest after your hike or wine tour, head downtown to Bubblegum Alley and the Thursday Farmers’ Market. Grab some lunch, a pumpkin, and locally made goods. After taking in the food, drink, and hiking spots, walk along the beaches and appreciate the clear skies before returning to your hotel. SLO visitors who like cooler weather will adore San Luis Obispo in the autumn.


Don’t let the rainy season keep you away. Take advantage of the mornings, since they generally bring clear skies. Winter is a great time to visit indoor attractions, such as the Railroad Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Robert Jack House. Visitors young and old will be entertained by viewing the exhibits and learning something new. When hunger calls, head to a restaurant that highlights local food, or check out a brewery or tasting room for a hearty meal and refreshing beverage. 


Spring means it’s time for the flowers to bloom, showcasing all the natural beauty of the city. The hills, arboretums, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, and Dallidet Adobe and Gardens come alive with hundreds of plants and endless greenery. Mission Plaza blooms with performances and life after the winter. Springtime festivals also rock as a way to welcome the season. Track down the juiciest strawberries at the U-Pick stands for a sweet treat. After taking in the gardens, stop to appreciate the sunshine.


Warm weather is the name of the game in July, August, and September. Therefore, it’s a great time to get outside and soak up the sun. Go for a swim at Avila Beach, and take the kids and dogs for an afternoon of play at Laguna Lake Park. When the rays are out in full force, head downtown for a taste of deliciously creamy specialty ice cream at Batch Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Finish your days in our little paradise by taking in a film at the Sunset Drive-In. Grab your boat, hiking boots, and swimsuit and get ready for some memorable adventures.

San Luis Obispo, CA, is an unforgettable destination for both business and leisure travel. Explore “The Happiest City in America” and make a 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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