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Joanna Kalafatis

Joanna Kalafatis

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The best small towns to visit in California

The best small towns to visit in California

Many travelers flock to California looking to immerse themselves in the sprawling cityscapes of Los Angeles and San Francisco or to explore one of the many stunning national and state parks in the Golden State. However, California’s many picturesque and tourist-friendly small towns often get overlooked, which is a shame because they provide the perfect weekend escape. Whether you are looking for a peaceful desert retreat, a scenic coastal resort town, or a historic village reminiscent of the state’s Old West past, the best small towns in California included in this list are great stops to include on any West Coast road trip.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in California

The ultimate California Route 395 road trip

The ultimate California Route 395 road trip

The Pacific Coast Highway might get all the glory when it comes to a West Coast road trip, but travelers on the lesser-know Route 395 through California will experience the jaw-dropping diversity of environments the Golden State as to offer. Start in the Mojave, move up towards the high desert, and suddenly you will find the landscape turning green as you follow the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range on your left-hand side. After you pass the town of Bishop, a rapid 3,000ft elevation gain takes you into the high mountains, before you wind your way back down past the lakes and forests of northern California. Sounds magical, right?  To sum it up: A journey up the 395 will take you by California National Parks, ski resorts, national forests, picturesque small towns, and even important historic sites. PCH, who? 

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