A Tour of California's Most Beautiful Towns
The Golden State is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country—here are the prettiest towns to check out on your next trip to California.
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California simply has it all: beach towns, forests with towering redwoods, desert, and of course, wine country. There’s a rare glory that comes with taking up the largest stretch of coast (compared to the other lower 47 states), producing the country’s most renowned wines, and still having Palm Springs and Joshua Tree to boot. Admittedly, the fact that California has 163,696 square miles to work with gives it a bit of a leg up. Nonetheless, as you explore the wealth of beauty that is California, these are the state’s 10 most stunning towns: