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  • Writer's pictureKayla Glanville

Charming Small Towns on the U.S. West Coast

Updated: Feb 15

๐Ÿ“ Tomales Bay, California

A gorgeous, quick drive north over the golden gate bridge. It is nestled next to Point Reyes national park, providing the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and offers epic coastal hiking. In Tomales Bay, you'll find small-town stores, restaurants, and - don't forget! - amazing oyster shucking!

๐Ÿ“ Guerneville, California

Another small town nestled among the California Redwoods, wandering rivers, and friendly locals. If you enjoy strolling through small-town shops, exploring unique art and architecture, and relaxing at a slower pace โ€“ this is your spot! Plus, you're only a stone's throw away from world-renown wineries in Sonoma County for easy day trips. Guerneville's welcoming environment makes it a wonderful spot for all travelers, including LGBTQIA folks looking for a safe, rejuvenating small town to visit.

๐Ÿ“ Bend, Oregon

A mountain town 2.5 hours from Portland, East of the Cascade Mountains. With just over 100 thousand people, it maintains its small mountain town vibe. Life in Bend is like an eternal vacation, with endless outdoor activities. Skiing Mt. Bachelor, paddling along the Deschutes, camping, mountain biking, hiking, and beyond. Downtown Bend is like something out of a postcard, with colorful shops, twinkly lights, and blooming flower baskets on every corner.

๐Ÿ“ Leavenworth, WA

Just 2.5 hours from Seattle, Leavenworth has all the romance of Europe stateside! It's located next to the Northern Cascades with the famous Enchantments wilderness area, with the Wenatchee River flowing through town. Leavenworth's charming Bavarian village is lined with picturesque colorful shops, authentic German restaurants, and welcoming accommodations from spa hotels to mountain cabins. Every holiday season, the village is decorated with over a half million lights, and every fall, Octoberfest is celebrated to the fullest. This cute small town makes you feel like you're in the heart of Germany without an international flight.

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