11 Beautiful Small Towns in California You Should Know 

1. Venice

It doesn't get more picturesque than this LA beach town with Italian influence—hence all the canals and bridges. 

2. La Quinta

This Southern California town is called "The Gem of the Desert"—and boy, does it ring true.  

3. Healdsburg

Wine tasting should be on the agenda when you head to this city with small-town charm in the heart of Sonoma County. 

4. Mariposa

If you're looking to cross Yosemite off your bucket list, the town of Mariposa is an ideal place to anchor yourself. 

5. Dana Point

Located on the southern end of Orange County, Dana Point is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. 

6. Guerneville

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

7. Mendocino

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

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. Idyllwild

If you are ready to get away from the traffic jams, or the noisy city life, this is the town for you. 

11. Los Olivos

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

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