5) San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo is a diverse yet humble valley city located on the Central Coast in California, just miles away from Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. San Luis Obispo was founded in the late 1700s by missionaries and is recognized as one of the state’s oldest cities as well as being home to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, which was founded by Father Junipero Serra. Like many Golden State cities, San Luis Obispo has a wealth of historical significance, including the presence of Chumash inspired architecture from its early Native American inhabitants. Rancho and farm culture are also still prevalent in modern day SLO, and that can be seen in the abundance of local farms, rodeos, and even themed school celebrations honoring the city’s cultural richness. San Luis Obispo is found in the Santa Lucia Mountains, which sit near the San Andreas Fault and create a stunning and vibrant valley that can be accessed by US Highway 101. Visitors can enjoy city landmarks such as Bubblegum Alley, the Fremont Theater. The Madonna Inn, and nearby vineyards.