There’s a danger in picking a favorite anything, as someone or something is always going to be left out. But then again, the one that takes the top spot is always elated! That’s the case with Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of the most beautiful small towns in America. It’s actually the only place in California that made Condé Nast Traveler’s “27 most beautiful towns in America” list in 2022. Come along as we explore the picturesque town of Carmel, California, and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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This is just the beginning of the beauty and charm that draws you to one of the most beautiful towns in the USA. Learn more about Carmel, California.

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If you’re looking for something sweet while in town, be sure to stop by Cottage of Sweets.

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Exploring California

What are some other scenic towns in California?

Carmel, California really is lovely. But if you’re interested, there are a ton more scenic towns in California:

Dunsmuir: At this Siskiyou County town, you don’t have to decide which historic buildings or areas you would like to see downtown: the entirety of it has been designated a historic district. It’s also full of places to shop and eat.

San Juan Bautista: Although this city’s history is fraught with some serious brutality, today, it is a thriving, welcoming community that recognizes its past. See the 1800s mission church and adobe buildings at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

What are the best parks in California?

Top off your visit to one of the most beautiful towns in California by visiting some of the best parks in California:

Desolation Wilderness: Located in El Dorado County, this nearly 64,000-acre area offers an abundance of sights, such as Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac. The most popular recreational activities here include camping and wildlife viewing.

Death Valley National Park: Believe it or not, this Inyo County desert park is actually the hottest place on earth. It is 3.4 million acres and has several trails available to explore the craters, dunes, desert, mountains, and more. I’ve always considered this park to be one of those places that seem otherworldly!

What are the best beaches in California?

With over 800 miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that you will find some of the best beaches in California:

The Great Beach: Located within the 71,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, this coastline offers some truly amazing surfing opportunities. While it is not the best spot for a swim, it’s definitely ripe for exploration.

Bodega Dunes: Fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 The Birds will surely recognize the area of Bodega Bay as it was filmed here. As evidenced by its name, you’ll find some truly unique dunes here. Explore the area via walkways and a boardwalk. You can even camp here.