Introduction to Arroyo Grande, California
Arroyo Grande, California, in San Luis Obispo county, is 14 miles NW of Santa Maria, California (center to center) and 121 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles metropolitan area.
Arroyo Grande History
The Chumash Indians were the first inhabitants of the Arroyo Grande valley. Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo was the first European to visit the area. Gradually, agricultural activities started developing in the area as it proved to be extremely fertile. The area was thus named 'Arroyo Grande', which is Spanish for "wide riverbed." The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors set up the township of Arroyo Grande in the year 1862 and a rail depot was constructed 20 years later. The city of Arroyo Grande was officially incorporated on July 10, 1911.
Arroyo Grande and nearby Attractions
- Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce
- South County Branch San Luis Obispo City-County Library
- Pitkin-Conrow House
- Calvary Chapel of Arroyo Grande
- Christmas Tree Island Park
- Arroyo Grande City Hall
Things To Do In Arroyo Grande
The stunning city of Arroyo Grande has a number of historical buildings like the Chamber of Commerce, the County Library and the city hall which allow visitors to learn about the cultural history of the city. One can also visit the Pitkin-Conrow House or the Lucia Mar School District Office to get a feel of Arroyo Grande. There are quite a few charming chapels and churches lining the streets of this city. Arroyo Grande has a large number of amusement parks that offer excellent entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike. Visitors can browse through the Arroyo Town and Country Square Shopping Center, the Pacific Coast Shopping Center or the Oak Park Plaza Shopping Center to collect souvenirs.
Arroyo Grande Transportation
San Luis County Regional is the local, good-sized airport.
Arroyo Grande Higher Education
Cuesta College serves the area.