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11 Charming Small Towns in California

US News & World Report - Travel Logo By Zach Watson of US News & World Report - Travel | Slide 1 of 12: As one of the largest states in the U.S., California is home to many quaint small towns, all with distinct personalities. Though travelers often flock to cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, those in search of less-crowded destinations will find multiple off-the-beaten-path spots that are no less impressive than their urban counterparts. Whether you're traveling West for the beaches, nature, architecture or wine, you're sure to find it in one of these California hamlets.

Find hidden gems scattered throughout the Golden State.

As one of the largest states in the U.S., California is home to many quaint small towns, all with distinct personalities. Though travelers often flock to cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, those in search of less-crowded destinations will find multiple off-the-beaten-path spots that are no less impressive than their urban counterparts. Whether you're traveling West for the beaches, nature, architecture or wine, you're sure to find it in one of these California hamlets.
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