Outside magazine in July will recognize San Luis Obispo as one of its 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now, a list that recognizes areas for “having all the adventure a traveler could ask for, while also offering drool-worthy food and drink scenes, a kid-friendly environment and a welcome mat to people of all backgrounds.”
San Luis Obispo will be named “Best Blend of Sunshine, Food, and Beaches,” according to a news release: “Set just minutes from both the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Range, San Luis Obispo is roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles — and, fortunately, is nothing like either city.”
This year, Outside enlisted the help of advisers to select the top 25 towns — the magazine asked for help from readers in the past. Three other West Coast cities will be included on the list: Bishop, California will be dubbed “Best Climbing Hamlet to Call Home Before It’s Too Late,” Bend, Oregon is to be named “Best Multi-Sport Town” and Seattle will be included as “Best Big City with Bona Fide Adventure.”
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“For the past five years, our readers have chosen our list of the best adventure towns,” said Jonah Ogles, Outside associate editor, in a news release. “For the first time, we assembled a council of experts to help us pick the greatest places in America. Thrill-seekers will never have to look too far in these spots, whether mountain climbing, whitewater rafting or conquering a singletrack trail.”