11 Small Towns in California That Are Bursting With Beauty

1. Venice

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

2. Sonoma

Expect to enjoy plenty of scenic vineyards, hiking trails, and a quaint downtown area.  

3. Sutter Creek

If you're looking to learn about the history of the California Gold Rush, enjoy a charming Main Street of shops and restaurants.

4. Ferndale

This Victorian-inspired town features plenty of unique architecture, natural vistas, and of course, small-town charm. 

5. Solvang

"The Danish Capital of America" has a strong Danish influence, of course—hence the quaint cottages and town windmill. 

6. Truckee

Scenic landscapes and outdoor adventures abound, and you can enjoy a vibrant Main Street filled with boutiques and restaurants too. 

7. Carmel-by-the-Sea

Natural beauty, gourmet cuisine, nearly 100 galleries, and one-of-a-kind shopping—all within one square mile. 

8. Palm Spring

Whether you want adventure or relaxation, Palm Springs has it.  

9. Bishop

This small California town is located in the Eastern Sierras, not too far from the Nevada border. 

10. Coronado

The iconic Hotel del Coronado, pictured here, was the setting of 1959's Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe. 

11. San Juan Capistrano

Home to the ruins of the 1797 Great Stone Church, the Zoomars Petting Zoo, and more.

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