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6 Charming Small Towns in California to Visit During the Summer

6 Charming Small Towns in California to Visit During the Summer

Between San Diego and San Francisco, the Golden State is sprinkled with cities that evoke small town charm and make for an ideal weekend getaway or week-long stay. Read on for six must-see towns to enjoy some R&R in during the summer season.


Three Rivers

From hikes surrounded by redwood trees to an upbeat downtown, expect the best of both worlds in this northern gem.


Nestled in San Luis Obispo County, the seaside village boasts art and antiques, historic architecture, elephant seals, and wine tasting.

A sea lion sleeping on rocks near the beach.


Where fresh mountain air meets a one-of-a-kind art scene, this community in the San Jacinto Mountains is the perfect escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

La Jolla

Along the Pacific Coast Highway in San Diego lies La Jolla, known for its oceanside landscape, golf courses, art galleries, and seals.

A person standing on the beach with their surboard as the waves crash.

Two Harbors

This island village on Catalina Island is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts where you can spot bison and dip your toes into scuba diving, kayaking, or paddleboarding.

Pismo Beach

A top destination for surfing, wine tasting, and clams on the California Central Coast, Pismo Beach is also home to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, an award-winning pier, and lush parks with unparalleled ocean views.

A man wrapped in a Mexican Blanket standing near the beach.