Southern California February 20, 2018
Here Are 11 Of Southern California’s Tiniest Towns That Are Always Worth A Visit
When most people think of Southern California, the first things that come to mind are the plentiful sandy beaches, the endless blue skies, and the warm summer days that seem to stretch on throughout the entire year.
But there’s one thing that many people overlook when it comes to Southern California, and that is the charm of our many small towns nestled throughout the southern part of the state. Here are 11 of our favorites. Which small town is tops on your list?
1. Sierra Madre
Located in Los Angeles County, this small town with a population under 12,000 feels like it's a million miles away from the big city. In addition to its charming main street and local shops, Sierra Madre is also nicknamed "Wisteria City" as it's home to the largest blooming wisteria vine in the world.
An official California Historic Landmark, the delightful town of Julian is one place in SoCal not to be missed. Whether you show up for apple season or you explore the peaceful countryside on foot in the spring, summer or fall, this peaceful town in San Diego County with a population close to 1,500 is an absolute treasure.
3. Forest Falls
Who can resist a tiny town that's nestled on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest? With lots of fantastic trails to explore and several waterfalls to discover, this small SoCal destination with less than 800 houses is a little slice of magic.
4. San Dimas
When you're seeking out a slice of SoCal that captures the look and feel of the good old days, then make sure to head to San Dimas, a small town with a population under 35,000. Take a stroll along the charming old town district along Bonita Avenue and browse the local shops and restaurants.
5. Oak Glen
Located in San Bernardino County, approximately 15 miles east of San Bernardino, this charming town with a population of less than 1,000 as of its last census will steal your heart. You'll love taking a Sunday drive along rural roads and stopping along the way at Oak Tree Village for a day of shopping in a setting that will remind you of simpler times.
6. Pine Valley
Head down Old Highway 80 in the Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego County and you'll discover the tiny town of Pine Valley with its equally tiny population of 2000. Make sure to swing by Major's, the local coffee shop, or stop for a burger and ice cream cone at Frosty Burger to make your visit complete.
7. Trabuco Canyon
You know you are are in the heart of this small Southern California town when you reach the general store. Perhaps one of SoCal's most hidden gems, Trabuco Canyon is a spot few people know about but a destination you'll never forget once you have the chance to visit.
What could be better than a tiny island town? Located on Catalina Island and reachable by ferry, the town of Avalon is one of SoCal's most delightful destinations that captures the charm of small-town living.
9. San Juan Capistrano
Perfect for strolling and enjoying the historic architecture and lush green trees, the town of San Juan Capistrano is positively delightful. Although not the tiniest town on this list, with a population that's under 40,000 this destination is just the right size. From great local shopping to picturesque areas for walking, this is one place that should be on everyone's bucket list.
10. Running Springs
17 miles west of Big Bear Lake you'll find the small town of Running Springs, with a population under 5,000, just waiting to be explored. From local parades to weekly farmers markets and frequent community events, this SoCal destination should definitely be on your radar if you want to experience a slice of Americana right here in SoCal.
When you're seeking out some peace and quiet in Southern California in a destination that's filled with nothing but small-town charm, then Wrightwood is the perfect place to be. You'll find hiking, tasty restaurants, and wildlife galore in this small mountain town tucked inside the San Gabriel Mountains.
Do you have a favorite small town on the list? Did we leave any out that you think should be listed? Let us know in the comments what small town in SoCal you love to visit most.