Essential Downtown SLO: Explore the quirky town on a self-guided audio tour

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Location: San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 35.0 - 60.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Los_Angeles
Highlights Bubblegum Alley
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Fremont Theatre
Museum of Art
Children's Museum
Take a step back in time on this quirky tour through the legendary town of SLO
Join Rob Wickens founder of LoveoftheCentralCoast as he introduces you to what is often ranked the “Happiest City in America” on this self-guided audio tour. This Essentials tour will share tidbits that even locals rarely learn or stumble across.

So before you take your picture in the grossly-unique Bubblegum Alley grab your headphones and let’s step back in time by visiting the World’s Smallest Chinatown, and envision dirt roads lined by rough saloons in this last town of the Wild West.

Please be aware that some businesses on the tour may not be open during nights or on weekends. The walking tour is intended to be enjoyable without entering historic buildings or various points-of-interest. 

Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic be aware that some businesses on this tour may not be open. Please follow all social distancing and face mask advisories that may currently be in place for everyone's safety.

Commentary English: Audio
Included Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
Excluded Smarphone and headphones
Food and drinks
Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
Know before you book This is a self-guided audio tour.
Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.
Know before you go Install the VoiceMap app beforehand and use the code included with your ticket to download the tour.
Remember your headphones, unless you've booked a driving tour.
Charge your phone's battery. The way VoiceMap uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.
Additional Information
Not wheelchair accessible
  1. All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitizer with them to ensure they're own protection and the protection of others.

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Operating Info

Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
Valid From date booked


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 35.2820405, -120.6637472
Address: 842 Palm St, Palm St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
Directions: Parking available at Palm Street Parking Garage - 842 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. The tour begins near the parking garage exit facing the Palm Theatre across the street. San Luis Obispo's downtown is very hard to find parking in, there are multiple parking garages and this one on Palm Street is the perfect spot to start our tour in as it's steps away from our first location. This is an AUDIO TOUR, don't forget your headphones or ear buds so you can put away your phone and enjoy the walk with me.
End Location Address 888 Morro St, Morro St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
Start Location Notes 842 Palm St, Palm St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 35.282416, -120.66322
Address: 888 Morro St, Morro St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
End Location Address 888 Morro St, Morro St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
Start Location Notes 842 Palm St, Palm St, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401


Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


Voucher Access Code 6-120 years $4.99 Available on request


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If this is your first VoiceMap tour, please take a moment to read the important notes below.

1. Install VoiceMap from the Apple App Store or Google Play
2. Create an account
3. Select Tour Codes from the menu, then select Enter Codes
4. Enter the code below then select Download Now
This code can be used by every member of your party. If you have booked for three people, for example, three people can download this tour using the same code. Codes are not case sensitive.

• You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date.
• It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
• When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when your are at the starting point.
• The download should only take a few minutes to complete. If it takes longer, please cancel the download, go to Account, select Purchased and download the tour from there.
• Remember to bring your own headphones, unless you have booked a driving tour.
For technical support and other queries, please email [email protected]

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