San Luis Obispo, California
San Luis Obispo, California, is regarded as of the state's oldest communities. In was founded in 1772 by Spanish Franciscan Junípero Serra. The city is currently the county seat of San Luis Obispo County.
The city is located about 50 kilometers away from Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County. The total area of the town reaches 33.5 square kilometers, 33.1 square kilometers of which is covered by land, while the rest, which happens to be 0.39 kilometers, is covered by water.
The city lies at the West Coast of the United States and the Central part of the California State. Meanwhile, the Pacific Ocean is about 18 kilometers west of San Luis Obispo, the Santa Lucia Mountains, which happens to be a 169-kilometer mountain range, are situated east of San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo Creek has its headwaters at the Santa Lucia Mountains and surrounds the city until it flows to the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is considered the center of the city, as the whole downtown area was built around that sight. There is a home for eclectic shops, restaurants, shopping centers, etc. That area might also be an excellent place for students, visitors, or residents as there is plenty of space for hiking, running, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, diving, and sailing.
Among the famous local landmarks, the one may highlight the Madonna Inn, which is a renowned motel built by Alex Madonna in 1958.
The Fremont Theater is another place worth visiting, as it is one of the oldest old cinemas in the state opened in 1942, on the day when the United States entered World War II.
Another highlight of the city is the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival which is a six-day annual event when the contemporary and classic films are being shown for a broad audience at the Fremont Theatre or the Palm Theater. The second theatre, in turn, was constructed back in 1975.
San Luis Obispo has been home to several other events like the Tour of California bicycle race, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, an annual Mozart festival, held every July, the Olympic Flame Relay, a long-standing Christmas Parade and many more. For instance, the city hosts the beer tasting of over 200 craft beers at the Madonna Hotel during the annual California Festival of Beers. Moreover, Edna Valley, located south of the city, might be a great place to visit for wine-lovers, as it is a famous wine region that offers wine degustation.