17 Beautiful Small Towns in California To Explore

1. South Lake Tahoe

On the border between California and Nevada, South Lake Tahoe is a year-round resort town attracting visitors with its bright blue water.

2. Ojai

Sprinkled with New Age shops and art galleries, Ojai borders the Los Padres National Forest northwest of Los Angeles. 

3. San Clemente

Surfers flock here to catch a wave on the San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches. 

4. Capitola

On the northern point of Monterey Bay lies Capitola—one of the oldest seaside resort towns on the west coast. 

5. Morro Bay

Don't miss Morro Rock, a longtime landmark for sailors finding their way to the shore.

6. Sausalito

Situated on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay area is this picturesque enclave. 

7. Del Mar

This town is home to fewer than 5,000 people, but it's connected to the larger city of San Diego, so you'll have plenty to explore. 

8. Borrego Spring

It's likely because of the wildflower superbloom that usually happens in Anza-Borrego State Park following a rainy season.  

9. Los Alamos

Los Alamos' Old West heritage is on display as you stroll past the art galleries, antique shops, and tasting rooms along the main street. 

10. Calistoga

Napa Valley is home to this small town, where, in addition to world-class wine and food, it's known for its geothermal hot springs. 

11. Cambria

This Central California coastal town is perfect for a weekend getaway. 

12. Crestline

Located in California's San Bernadino Mountains, the main attraction here is Lake Gregory, where visitors can indulge in fishing, swimming.

13. Pismo Beach

In Pismo Beach, you'll get to enjoy wine tasting, golfing, horseback riding, surfing, and of course, long walks on the beach. 

14. Point Reyes Station

Nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy here, with whales, birds, and elephant seals all being frequently spotted in the area.

15. Los Olivos

Los Olivos is actually located in California's Santa Ynez Valley. 

16. Mendocino

Bundle up for your drive along the rugged Mendocino coastline, which boasts breathtaking views around every turn. 

17. Guerneville

You won't be able to resist spending plenty of time on the water when you visit this tiny Northern California town. 

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