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Things to do in San Luis Obispo

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The top 7 attractions in San Luis Obispo

Streets in San Luis Obispo
Bubblegum Street
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Seattle isn’t the only city with a wall full of bubble gum. Right in Downtown San Luis Obispo is an alley decorated with more than 1 million pieces of gum over the years, and there’s room for many, many more contributions. It’s tucked in the block on Higuera Street between Broad Street and Garden Street. It’s both a fascinating and disgusting sight because, really, how cool is it to walk into a bubble gum-smelling alley with so many pieces of gum? What’s a little gross is that some of the gum is really old. Still, it’s an intriguing sight overall. There’s a store right next door that sells gum balls if you’d like to contribute to the walls but don’t have any gum on hand. The alley is free to visit and street parking on the weekend is free.
Cinemas in San Luis Obispo
Fremont Theater
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I arrived in San Luis Obispo without expecting much from the town. It's not a tourist spot, but a university town, and pretty quiet. But while taking a drive around, I found this cinema and fell in love. I had never seen one of these in real life, but it's still a working cinema where you can see all the new movies. I spent ages taking pictures!
Shops in San Luis Obispo
French Quarter
I almost went straight past this store, which looks super expensive. But once inside, I realized that everything is cheap! A lot of the merchandise is made in China, like everything nowadays. There are clothes, accessories and shoes, with coats for $30-40! The range is similar to H & M or Forever 21.
Churches in San Luis Obispo
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (the name of a bishop of Toulouse) is a charming Hispanic church. Built in the shape of the letter L, it is completely unique from the other missions that you can visit in California. The paintings and bright interior space are unusual for a church, and the outdoor gardens are great. It was my favorite place to visit during my trip to San Luis Obispo. Don't miss it!
Shops in San Luis Obispo
Bath & Body Works
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This is a shop for those ve like to leave the house smelling as fragrant as possible. There are dozens of options of scented candles of all sizes, as well as air fresheners. And of course there are body products, like candy-scented creams. I haven't tried them, but they smell good at least!
Museums in San Luis Obispo
History Center of San Luis Obispo County
The History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County is a great way to learn about the history of San Luis Obispo. There’s some interesting information about Phoebe Hearst, the mother of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. There’s also an exhibit about bikes with actual bicycles to see. Fascinating! It’s a small museum so it won’t take too much time to read through all the exhibits on display. It’s free admission, although they do take donations to help keep operations going, and the people at the front desk are very friendly. The museum is also right next to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, which offers another side of the history of the city. There’s street parking and a small, metered lot in the back.
Of Touristic Interest in San Luis Obispo