LA is a wonderful place to live in, but sometimes you need to get away. Hiking, nature, sun, ocean breezes, culture, delicious treats — whatever you’re craving, your SoCal road adventure awaits. When there’s a long weekend and a world beyond the city, it’s only a matter of grabbing your sunnies and filling up the gas tank. These spots are so close, you’ll be home in time to gear up for the week ahead.

weekend getaways from los angeles


Mission Santa Barbara: “The Queen of the Missions,” featuring double bell towers, lush gardens, and the San Ynez mountains in the background.

Solvang: A city known for its Danish-style architecture and numerous wineries.

Mortensen’s Bakery: Craving authentic Danish pastries? Mortensen’s Bakery, located in Solvang, has got you covered.

Integratron: Experience a quartz crystal sound bath inside a storied, all-wood sound-chamber.

Joshua Tree National Park: A park famous for its rugged rock formations, desert landscapes, and twisted Joshua trees.

Palm Springs: Visit this popular tourist destination if you’re in the mood for hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses, and spas.

Cabazon Dinosaurs: If you’ve ever seen Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, this roadside attraction is a must-visit. 

Ventura: With its many beaches, Ventura is perfect if you’re in the mood for surfing or windsurfing. 

Ventura Two Trees: The icon of Ventura.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: The largest state park in California. It’s especially beautiful (and popular) during wildflower season.

Catalina Island: Feel like scuba diving or snorkeling? Catalina Island is known for its crystal-clear water.

Laguna Beach: Even if you didn’t watch the show, you’ll still enjoy Laguna Beach’s art galleries, coves, and (surprise, surprise) beaches.

Laguna Beach Tide Pools: A fun way to examine and learn more about anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars, and other sea life.

San Diego: Warm weather, beaches … what’s not to love?

Surfing in San Diego: San Diego has some of the finest surf spots around.

San Diego Zoo: Housing more than 3,500 animals, it’s no surprise more than half a million people have a zoological membership there.