California Small Towns to Add to Your Bucket List
Sure, we've all heard of the large cities in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco just to name a few. But, what about the small towns, the ones that barely anyone has heard of? We believe these small towns are the real hidden gems packed with wonderful traditions, history and things to do. Check out our list:
1. Arcata, California. Ever heard of this one? It's a college town filled with kids who attend Humboldt State University. Arcata is filled with beautiful Redwood forests yet, it still is easily accessible to the beach. The residents here are very respectful of the planet and work together to do their part to reserve and protect the planet. Recycling is very well practiced here as well as all of HSU's dormitories are solar-panel powered.
2. Dunsmuir, California. This tiny historic town is best known for the "best water on Earth." That sounds delightful right? The water is sourced from a river that flows from Mt. Shasta with an elevation of 14, 179 feet. Dunsmuir also has zero traffic lights and zero parking meters. Wait, so you mean we wouldn't be scrambling through traffic to get to work or having to pay for parking to do thing? Sign us up!
3. Avalon, California. This town is known for being part of an "Island Community" as it's proximity to the ocean and it's location on Catalina Island. Avalon is 76 square miles with 87% of that being an Open Space Conservancy. On Catalina Island they offer several things to do such as taking a Glass Bottom Boat out into the water to look at the fish or even land exhibitions. The landscape is absolutely beautiful! Surrounded with the ocean breezes and lush flowers and greenery Avalon is sure to be a place for relaxation and living the island lifestyle.
4. Grover Beach, California. This is the perfect California city that is the balance between the mountains and colder weather. Grover Beach offers a mild climate meaning if you're closer to the water it is definitely warmer than when you are away from the water and up towards the mountains. Grover Beach offers horseback rides on the beach, 4 wheel ATV's for rent along the sand dunes, or even leisurely walks along the beaches or hikes through the mountains. Residents of Grover Beach love being outside wrapped in their beautiful climate and if you visit there then so will you!
5. Folsom, California. The tiny town is on the outskirts of Sacramento, California and it ranges about 34 square miles. 2.4 square miles of this is consumed by Folsom Lake. Folsom started as a city with gold miners seeking money and fortunes from mining in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Since then the city has evolved to house 32 miles of bike trails and several other outdoor activities. The climate is beautiful here as always receiving the golden California sunshine. If museum tours are your thing we recommend the Folsom Prison Museum. Also check out the 1 Street Bridge as it is the heaviest swinging center bridge in the USA. Spooky!