The Best San Luis Obispo Guide for Visitors

January 21, 2021

Now that you’ve made the decision to vacation in California and picked San Luis Obispo (SLO) as one of your destinations, it’s time for the planning. Where are you going to eat? What are you going to do, and for how long? The welcoming staff at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier San Luis Obispo hotel you can rely on for exceptional service and comfort, offer these suggestions.

Check Out Attractions

There’s plenty to do in SLO and enough to delight every visitor. Museum lovers will get excited about the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, an 18th-century Spanish mission and exhibit hall. Step back in history by taking the kids (and the kids at heart) to the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum or the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. If art is more your speed, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art offers plenty of paintings and works to ponder. All of these offer a much-needed respite from the sun as well as educational opportunities to supplement your other activities. 

After a long day of hiking or swimming, relax at the Sunset Drive-In, participate in a tasting at a winery, or explore the downtown area. In terms of a must-see landmark, don’t miss Bubblegum Alley, and make sure to bring your camera. The options among things to do in San Luis Obispo are endless.


Our city is an outdoor paradise. Hikers and bikers can see the sights from Bishop Peak, Cerro San Luis Obispo, Terrace Hill, or Islay Hill. If you’re coming during the warmer months, Reservoir Canyon offers a more shaded hike, complete with waterfalls. Pack your sunscreen, outdoor gear, backpack, shoes, and plenty of water for a day packed full of natural beauty.


Whether you like local cuisine, burgers, tuna, pizza, salads, or just plenty of wine, San Luis Obispo offers all that and more. Many restaurant settings are outdoors, and some are even beachside, offering magnificent dining ambience. Fresh vegetables and meats are commonplace, as this is a major agricultural region, so check out pizza joints with wood-fired grills and locally sourced toppings, coffee shops with regional roasts, and cafés with freshly sourced fish. Also, make sure to visit the weekly farmers’ market and get some local specialty goods, such as bread, cheese, and fruit, to accompany the wine you inevitably bought.


The surrounding area is walkable, people are friendly, and the fresh air soothes the soul. There are also plenty of spots to visit that will make you feel like you’ve left California for someplace far away. Cheng Park is perfect for tai chi, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden offers the chance to gaze at Mediterranean plants for hours, and Irish Hills Natural Preserve looks like you took a jaunt across the pond. Feel free to wander and explore.

Visitors to San Luis Obispo will find so much to enjoy they’ll want to stay for several days. When they’re looking for high-quality service at an exceptionally comfortable hotel, SLO visitors should reach out to the friendly staff at Sands Inn & Suites. We have everything our guests need for a relaxing stay. Our wide array of amenities include refrigerators, microwave ovens, flat-screen TVs with digital cable, and complimentary high-speed WiFi. To learn more about our exceptional accommodations, call us today at (800) 441-4657.

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