Coming to campus? We'd love to have you. Browse this page for the information you'll need to get started on planning your visit. Print out a copy of our campus map, sign up for a general campus tour guided by a Cal Poly student, and check out links to local lodging options.
Bring your walking shoes; Cal Poly's main campus core is set on a hill, and there's lots to do and see. You can always take a break, relax and eat in the University Union on the north end of campus or Kennedy Library on the south end. (Yes, you can eat in the library - try the cafe on the second floor.)
If you want to explore campus on your own, you can find a Cal Poly tour app for your iPhone or iPod, or check out a GPS unit from the Admissions Office once you're on campus. It's pre-loaded with information, student videos and audio.
Read on to find out more about the beautiful region surrounding campus. Some links will take you away from the Cal Poly web site to other web sites which may not be fully accessible. Use your back button to return to the Cal Poly web site or bookmark www.calpoly.edu.
The City of San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly's location in San Luis Obispo makes it one of the best places to visit. It's a quintessential coastal California town with some 43,000 residents. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just minutes from beaches, state parks, landmarks and premium wine regions, it's also a popular vacation spot. Sunset Magazine has called it the most Californian place in all of California.
The city of San Luis Obispo offers a historic, restored downtown full of restaurants, theatres, art galleries and shops centered around San Luis Obispo Creek, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission Plaza. San Luis Obispo's Thursday night Farmer's Market on Higuera Street has become a model for cities around the state. It's a mix of fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, restaurant fare and free music all within strolling distance.
Central Coast Beaches & Wine Country
San Luis Obispo is just minutes from some of California's best beaches and original beach cities: Avila Beach (10 miles), Pismo Beach (12 miles), Morro Bay (17 miles), Montaña de Oro State Park (18 miles), Cayucos (18 miles), the Pismo Dunes (28 miles) and world-famous Hearst Castle ( 45 miles).
Just next door to the town and campus are three viticulture areas: the Edna Valley (6 miles), Arroyo Grande Valley (13 miles) and Avila Valley (7 miles). They are home to more than 20 wineries and 3,000 acres of vineyards.
The Paso Robles wine region to the north (27 miles) is home to more than 26,000 vineyard acres and 180 wineries. Wine grape varieties range from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, including the area's heritage variety: Zinfandel.
Wine tasting and winery tours are part of the flavor of the Central Coast. You'll find wine events and festivals throughout the year - something to keep in mind when you're planning a visit to your college student(s).