Let’s get this straight: California is huge. An outdoor mecca with nine national parks and countless wilderness areas and national forests, there are still corners to explore with the type of the natural beauty you might expect to be protected. San Luis Obispo is one of those corners. Tucked into the California coast south of Big Sur, it’s about as far away from San Francisco as it is from Los Angeles. Its distance from the biggest cities in California keeps it quieter, wilder—and prime for outdoor adventure.