Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA
The USA is full of dreamy cities, but if you're looking for a destination that's quieter than New York City and Los Angeles, make your way to California's Carmel-by-the-Sea. About an hour south of San Jose, the small coastal city is utterly whimsical and scenic: think redwood forests, rows of vineyards, craggy cliffs and quaint cottages. The beaches are also beautifully uncrowded and are where you'll see a picture-perfect sunset.
Foodies will love Carmel-by-the-Sea's dining scene, with an array of stylish bistros, restaurants, cafés and boutique wineries in the region, while nature-lovers will be surprised and delighted to spot sea otters and seals relaxing by the water's edge.
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