America's Best College Towns
Courtesy of San Luis Obispo Chamber
No. 3 San Luis Obispo, CA
SLO, as locals call it, might be just any California coastal town if not for California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). The town caters to the student population with events like free outdoor summer concerts in the Mission Plaza every Friday evening and an international film festival held every March. T+L readers gave it the top score for coffee; get your fix at The Nautical Bean. There are more than 25 wineries within a 20-minute drive and, this being California, a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, sea kayaking, and, of course, surfing.