The Most Underrated Small Towns in California

The Most Underrated Small Towns in California

By Oliver Jenkyns March 02, 2020

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The Golden State is renowned for its diverse landscapes. Encompassing everything from undulating coastlines to rigid mountain peaks and dry deserts to dense forests, the state's beauty often lies off the beaten path. While populated cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles often receive all the attention, the small towns in California frequently go unnoticed. The hidden beauty of these tiny towns is left undiscovered as cars pass by on the way to another destination, making these some of the most underrated small towns in California.

The Best Small Towns in California

Thanks to its rich Gold Rush history, Auburn is a California historical landmark. Photo courtesy of Placer Living.

VenturaOut of all the small towns in Southern California, Ventura is absolutely one of my favorites. With chill vibes and an active lifestyle, there’s always beauty to see in Ventura. Walk along the pier, explore the San Buenaventura Mission, or spend the day on the beach to see why this coastal town is a great vacation destination. 

What small towns do you think are underrated? Let us know in the comments below.


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