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San Luis Obispo named the best small town to visit in California

A spectacular aerial view of SLO County's hills

Soar above the hills of San Luis Obispo County in this drone video looking from Cuesta Ridge toward Morro Bay.
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Soar above the hills of San Luis Obispo County in this drone video looking from Cuesta Ridge toward Morro Bay.

San Luis Obispo has been called the “happiest city in America,” one of the healthiest places in America and the best college town in the country. Now, our little town can add another title to the list: best small town in California.

The list was compiled by Thrillist and ranked the best small town to visit in all 50 states.

What put San Luis Obispo over the top, in comparison to other little towns such as Solvang or Napa, was the convenient location to Hearst Castle and wine country, as well as events like Art After Dark and attractions including hiking and biking trails.

The East Cuesta Ridge/Mount Lowe trail follows Mount Lowe Road east of Highway 101 and offers expansive views of San Luis Obispo County and a challenging hike to the summit.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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