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Aptos Leads Chronicle's 'Must-See Small Towns' List

People love the small-town vibes in California. What's your favorite day trip in the Bay Area?

Be prepared for an onslaught of tourists. Aptos made SFGate's list of best small-town escapes published earlier this month.

Carmel and Half Moon Bayalso earned kudos on the Get Lost travel blog, which highlighted cute towns within a couple hours drive of San Francisco that are worth a weekend visit.

"Enjoy the sand and sea along Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos," is the caption with the photo topping the list. 

Other towns to make the list, published in the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle included Bolinas, Healdsburg and Nevada City and a few more. 

SFGate readers added their own favorites on this round-up of 20 more must-see small towns. They love the vibe in Point Reyes Station and Tomales.

Tell us: what are your favorite day trips within an hour or two?

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