There’s nothing shy about California and its alluring charms are well and truly on display. Hollywood, Disneyland, Zuma Beach, the state of California boasts a huge number of stunning tourist draws, both natural and manmade, that bring in visitors from all over the world. But what about the lesser-known sites all over California where you can experience the true beauty of the golden state.
From the arid, other-worldly sand dunes of Death Valley and the pre-historic ferns of Fern Canyon to the quaint Danish charm of small-town Solvang and the golden bling of Coronado Beach, California has lots to offer the beauty-hunting explorer. Taking care to look for places off the beaten path and mix them in with never-to-be-missed staples of the Californian tourist’s diet, we’ve put together a list of the 11 most beautiful places in California. Enjoy.
1) Avalon Town, Catalina Island, Los Angeles
Catalina Island is located 22 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles. The main population hub on the island, Avalon, is like stepping out of California and straight into the Mediterranean. With a rich history that goes back thousands of years, Avalon is the main tourist draw for the upwards of one million visitors Catalina Island enjoys each year. It’s not just the history that beckons though, Avalon is one of the most beautiful places in California with its pretty hillside homes, crystal clear waters and colourful vegetation. The weather is mild all year round so Avalon’s quaint streets, waterside shops and restaurants, and seaside charm can be enjoyed even in autumn and winter. Avalon is accessible by ferry, private boat or small plane and once you arrive on the island you can get around using taxis, bicycles or golf carts.