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Unwind in California's Tiny Towns

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States

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A reminder that good things come in small packages, each of these towns is filled with sweet surprises. Swipe to see charming alpine villages, desert outposts, and seaside spots.

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Pioneertown, the "living, breathing movie set"

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Pioneertown

Pioneertown, California, United States

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Pioneertown was established by old-Hollywood actor Dick Curtis, who dreamed of building a “living, breathing movie set” near Joshua Tree National Park. In the 1940s and 1950s, dozens of Old West movies and television shows were filmed amidst the “downtown” area’s faux-1880s facades.

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The laid-back island town of Two Harbors

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Two Harbors

Two Harbors, California, United States

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Find laid-back island living just 22 miles off the coast of Long Beach. One of two towns on Catalina Island, the little town of Two Harbors is less buzzy than its sister Avalon.

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The Historic Mining Town of Julian

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Julian

Julian, California, United States

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One hour east of downtown San Diego sits a historic mining town with one very sweet claim to fame. The town of Julian is famous for its apple pie, stuffed high with fruit picked fresh from surrounding orchards.

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Los Alamos, the small town with an Old West Heritage

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Los Alamos

Los Alamos, California, United States

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The northern entry point to the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos is surrounded by vineyards and fruitfulness. Along the seven-block-long downtown stretch, you can enjoy the valley’s bounty with an Old West backdrop.

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The seaside village of Trinidad

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Trinidad Head

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Trinidad, CA

A 90-minute drive from the Oregon border, this Humboldt County fishing village is marked by seaside cliffs and redwood groves.

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The Three Rivers Village

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Three Rivers

Three Rivers, California, United States

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A gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers is nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The town is known for its unparalleled access to outdoor adventures like redwood gazing, whitewater rafting, cave exploration, and waterfall hikes.

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The alpine town of Dunsmuir

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Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir, California, United States

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In the shadow of majestic Mount Shasta on the upper Sacramento River sits the alpine town of Dunsmuir. Dubbed “home of the best water on earth,” Dunsmuir is known for its proximity to picture-perfect waterfalls like Hedge Creek.

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