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Top 10 Reasons to Visit San Luis Obispo

The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo is just south of the buzzing local culture of the town, and just a short trip from relaxing beaches and hiking trails. If you are here for a weekend or for a longer stay, the SLO area promises to be a hotspot of activity and adventure. Whether you are on a romantic getaway, family vacation, or simply a fun trip, you will find that there is something fun waiting for everyone! Below is a list of the top 10 reasons to visit San Luis Obispo:

10. The Beautiful Weather

Like most of California, SLO is a pleasant place to be year round, especially because the climate does not reach any extremes. Our summers are mild and our winters are not too cold.  A trip to San Luis Obispo will be comfortable no matter what time of year! On average, SLO enjoys a comfortable 80 degrees in the summer and 50 degrees during the winter.

9. Art After Dark

In San Luis Obispo, you won’t need to travel far to become immersed in local art culture. Every first Friday of the month, San Luis Obispo hosts Art After Dark. Come downtown at 6:00 p.m. to support a vast number of local artists. With galleries located throughout local establishments such as restaurants and bars, Art After Dark is a fun and one-of-a-kind art expo.

8. Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo is home to the prestigious California Polytechnic State University. The nationally ranked college produces many young professionals in business, economics, engineering, and more each year. The Embassy Suites by Hilton provides convenient lodging, whether you are a prospective student that is exploring the university or parents coming to visit. Request the Parents of Poly Students rate!

7. Montana de Oro State Park

Montana de Oro, or “Mountain of Gold”, is a breathtaking preservation that is home to some of the best hiking and backpacking trails in the state of California. Enjoy a serene and inspiring day of exploration and wildlife that will make your trip to San Luis Obispo truly unforgettable. Visit parks.ca.gov for more information on trails, wildlife, and park details.

6. Beaches

No trip to California goes without a beach party! San Luis Obispo is located conveniently near a great number of relaxing California beaches that are fantastic for family outings and exciting excursions. Visit our beaches page to see a list of the best beaches in our area. Soak up the sun!

5. Hiking Trails

Montana de Oro State Park is not the only nature destination in the SLO area. There are tons of extraordinary hiking trails with a great range in length and difficulty.  Make sure to take advantage of the many incredible excursion opportunities during your stay. Follow this link to explore the many hiking trail options in the area.

4. Hearst Castle

A trip to San Luis Obispo would not be complete without a cultural outing! Explore the majestic estate of Hearst Castle, an enormous ranchland spanning over 250,000 acres full of beautiful gardens, pools, and the castle itself. Take a guided tour throughout the architectural wonder and the surrounding landscapes, or adventure the grounds at your own pace. This historical wonder is a must see during your stay in SLO! Get more information here. We also offer a Tour Hearst Castle package for groups of up to four adults.

3. Wineries

Happy hour anyone? When you travel to California, you are already expecting a terrific selection of wineries for a tasting. San Luis Obispo lives up to the state’s reputation with a great number of top quality vineyards that are located just a quick drive from the Embassy Suites by Hilton. Visit our wineries page to get directions to vineyards near the hotel, and check out our special packages to begin your celebration!

2. Year-Round Festivals

There is no specific festival season in San Luis Obispo, because there are exciting events to look forward to all year! From fine arts to food fests, you will be sure to find a celebration that excites you during your stay. Whether it is wine tastings, musical performances, or craft beer sampling, San Luis Obispo is a prime vacation spot that promises to entertain its guests as often as it can. Major festivals to watch for include the Central Coast Railroad Festival, Earth Day Food and Wine Festival, SLO International Film Festival, and the Sunset Savor the Central Coast Festival. For a complete list of events, check out Visit San Luis Obispo County.

1. Our Location

The festivals, wine tastings, and great outdoors only add to the number one reason to visit SLO - the unbeatable location of the Embassy Suites by Hilton! With the downtown area close by, the local Farmer's Market one of the best in the country, our close proximity to local attractions such as the SLO Railroad Museum, and the coast being just a drive away, your stay will be memorable and unique at the Embassy Suites by Hilton SLO.


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