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Most Romantic Towns in America

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies one of Travel+Leisure’s Most Romantic Towns in America. The east-coast-heavy travel magazine listed San Luis Obispo at number five, making SLO the only city in the top five, and one of only three in the top ten, located west of the Mississippi.

With great weather, small crowds and reasonable prices, SLO “embodies California mellow, making for easy romance.” With countless ways to enjoy your time together, San Luis Obispo strikes the perfect balance of carefree adventure and relaxed luxury.

February is a great time to take advantage of Amtrak’s Sweetheart Deal and take the picturesque Pacific Surfliner to San Luis Obispo. With more than a touch of charm, traveling by train is the perfect way to kick off a getaway with your loved one.

Simply called SLO or San Luis by locals, the city is the cultural, commercial and entertainment hub of California’s scenic Central Coast. With plenty to do and see within walking – or cycling – distance of downtown San Luis Obispo, opportunities for unique dates are endless.

Whether it’s the rolling hillsides, quaint cityscapes or spectacular beaches that paint the most diverse region in the state, there truly is something romantic about San Luis Obispo.

With all the farmers’ market, cafes and lazy outdoor lunches, the simple pleasures in San Luis Obispo are thriving. Stroll along San Luis Obispo’s downtown creek walk, take in a picturesque sunset from one of our many beautiful trails, create together at Art Bar, pick up fresh strawberries at Farmers’ Market and enjoy dinner for two at any of SLO’s romantic restaurants.

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