San Luis Obispo Among Most Beautiful College Towns

Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, San Luis Obispo enjoys a Mediterranean climate and pleasant temperatures year round.

San Luis Obispo, home to Cal Poly, has been named one of the Five Most Beautiful College Towns in America by the website Travelers Today.

The ranking, which was published last week, reminds readers that studying at a fantastic university set in a friendly and accommodating college town can tip the scales in favor of an unforgettable college experience.

“Choosing where to go to college is a major step,” says writer Sheobi Anne Ramos. “The options are diverse in the US. But when considering the university you’ll spend the next four years in, you should also take into account the town it inhabits.”

Downtown San Luis Obispo is home to numerous restaurants and one of the country’s best farmers markets.

Ramos highlighted San Luis Obispo’s relative spaciousness and access to outdoor recreation. “Home to California Polytechnic State University, this California college town is sure to make any student’s life easier,” says Ramos. “It isn’t as crowded as the main cities in Cali, and the amount of activities and excursions in the area are enough to make any student stay after college.”

San Luis Obispo is well known as an adventurist’s paradise. Recreators seek out the area for mountain biking, hiking, and surfing — all just a few minutes from town. Wildlife enthusiasts enjoy whale watching and mingling with sea lions and birds along the nearby Central Coast. Cycling through the area’s wine country adds yet another dimension, as San Luis Obispo County is home to more than 300 wineries.

Picturesque Vineyards line the valleys surrounding the City of San Luis Obispo.

The town of San Luis Obispo is also a big draw, for locals and visitors alike. Named one of the country’s friendliest towns by USA Today and “The Happiest Place In America” by Oprah Winfrey and National Geographic, San Luis Obispo is a picturesque college town packed with restaurants, breweries, shopping, and entertainment.

Rounding out the top five Most Beautiful College Towns are:

  • Corvallis, Oregon, home to Oregon State University
  • Boulder, Colorado, home to University of Colorado
  • Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University
  • Bloomington, Indiana, home to Indiana University

The complete rankings can be found at The Five Most Beautiful College Towns In America.

For more information about Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program, visit or contact:

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