SLO — or maybe St. Louis — again named most beautiful college town

View from Bishop Peak in the spring looking out at Cerro San Luis (right) and San Luis Obispo.
View from Bishop Peak in the spring looking out at Cerro San Luis (right) and San Luis Obispo. tgibson@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo was named one of the five most beautiful college towns in America by travelerstoday.com.

It's unclear how well the writers of the article know the area, however, as San Luis Obispo is referred to as St. Louis in the website’s description:

"Home to the California Polytechnic State University, this Californian college town is sure to make any student's life at ease. It isn't as crowded as the main cities in Cali, and the amount of activities and excursions in St. Louis are enough to make any student stay after college. Favorite activities here include hiking the Bishop Peak, and watching movies at the Sunset Drive-In Theater."

At least Bishop Peak and Sunset Drive-In are indeed in California, and not Missouri.

The other towns on the list are Corvallis, Oregon (home to Oregon State University), Ames, Iowa (home to Iowa State Univeristy), Boulder, Colorado (home to the University of Colorado) and Bloomington, Indiana (home to Indiana University).

San Luis Obispo ranked ninth most beautiful college town on Travel & Leisure’s list.

The video for San Luis Obispo’s tourism campaign, produced by BCA and Peregrine Media Group, features favorite activities in and around the city, set to the music of Moonshiner Collective. The video, part of the city’s complete branding makeover, recently won best of show at the American Advertising Awards for the Central Coast region. The city’s tourism efforts also won best overall marketing campaign, against much bigger competition, at the California Office of Tourism Poppy Awards.