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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Travel Guide

San Luis Obispo

About halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo—nicknamed SLO—spreads out below gentle hills and rocky extinct volcanoes. Its main appeal lies in its architecturally diverse, pedestrian-friendly downtown, which bustles with shoppers, restaurant goers, and students from California Polytechnic State University, known as Cal Poly. On Thursday evening from 6 to 9 a

farmers' market fills Higuera Street with local produce, entertainment, and food stalls. A Saturday-morning market in the Cost Plus World Market parking lot includes organic meats and wine tasting.

The wineries of the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley wine regions lie just south of the city off Highway 227, the parallel (to the east) Orcutt Road, and connecting roads. Wine-touring maps are available around town.

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