As you might already know, some of the best small towns in Southern California are along the beach. SoCal also has quite a few rural towns that consist of charming downtown areas, stunning landscapes, hiking opportunities, and a relaxing atmosphere. Curious to know more about these unique places in Southern California? Read on to learn about some of the best rural towns in California that are delightful and ideal destinations for a day out with your family.

Doesn’t a day trip to one of these small charming towns in Southern California sound like a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your friends and family? If you enjoy jumping in the car and taking a peaceful and relaxing Sunday drive to new places, then you’ll also want to take a look at this road trip to rural towns in Southern California when you want to get away from it all.

Do you agree with this list of some of the most charming rural small towns in Southern California? What other towns would you add to the list? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!

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Best Small Towns in Southern California

What are some of the best small towns in Southern California?

Along with the rural spots mentioned above, here is a list of some of the best small towns in Southern California.

  • Big Bear Lake
  • Ventura
  • San Clemente
  • Seal Beach
  • Carpinteria
  • Redlands
  • Oak Glen

 

What are some of the best places to visit in Southern California?

Some of the best places to visit in Southern California include the following destinations.

 

Learn more about these incredible destinations in SoCal in our feature article.

What are some of the best day trips in Southern California?

In addition to visiting the rural towns in California, take a look at the following day trips in Southern California, too.

 

Need even more inspiration? Take a look at these Southern California road trips as well. You'll also find information about Southern California scenic drives.