TravelMag set out to find the most charming towns and small cities in California. Check out our survey results below for the scoop on the oft lesser-known, little gems in The Golden State.
“Finishing off our list is another High Sierra favorite. Tahoe City is a quaint mountain community that hugs the shores of Lake Tahoe. While nearby word-class ski areas like Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and their intimate boutique resorts draw snowbirds during the winter, the area is also a treasure trove of outdoor action come summer. You can get out on the lake in a boat, kayak or standup paddle board and admire the impressive views of the surrounding mountains. Later the same day you could tackle the mountain trails on foot or on a mountain bike. Easier rides await on the paved bike paths that lead through the city and along the lake and river. The adorable downtown is perfect for strolling, shopping and snacking at the array of unique shops, art galleries, local restaurants and coffee shops. And there you have it, yet another charming Californian oasis that has tempted many a big city visitor to convert to small-town living.”