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5 Best Day Trips Around Los Angeles

by Chelsea Cheng |

Summer nights are ending, school is back in session, and cooler days are coming. Let’s say good-bye to summer with one last weekend getaway! We’ve curated a list of places to go without having to leave the sunny state of California, or having to drive too far from LA. Gather your fam/friends, pack your bags and get going!

1. San Diego 

You can never go wrong with a San Diego weekend getaway - delicious eats, surfing, sunshine. It’s the epitome of chill! With only a 3 hour drive from LA, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the easygoing vibes of San Diego. When there, make sure to hit all of our fave SD spots!

 

Places to visit:

  • La Jolla Beach: 200 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Balboa Park: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mission Bay: 2688 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Tacos El Gordo: 3265 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 92154

2. Newport Beach 

Oh, Newport Beach. This coastal city is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery. Whether you want to relax on a beach, or go on a shopping rampage, Newport Beach is the place for you! And when in Newport, don’t forget to snack on their famous frozen banana!

Places to visit:

  • Crystal Cove State Park: 8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Newport Pier: 72 Mc Fadden Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Balboa Island: 206 Marine Ave #322, Newport Beach, CA 92662
  • Fashion Island: 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

3. Santa Barbara 

Wanna go north of LA? Santa Barbara is your place to be! With scenic city views and nature galore, you’ll definitely want to stay for longer than a weekend. With a getaway to Santa Barbara, Spanish architecture, sandy shores, tasty seafood, and lush greenlands are what you’re in for!

Places to visit:

  • Superior Court of California: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
  • Ganna Walska Lotusland: 695 Ashley Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Santa Barbara Zoo:  500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Stearns Wharf: 237 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

4. Anaheim 

We couldn’t possibly exclude Anaheim from our weekend getaway destination list! There is so much more to Anaheim that meets the eye. From tasty treats to fun in the sun, Anaheim has got it covered! Bring your fam/friends and explore your endless possibilities at Anaheim!

Places to visit:

  • Anaheim Packing District: 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
  • Disneyland Weekend: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Adventure City: 1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92804
  • Yorba Regional Park: 7600 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

5. Palm Springs 

Looking for a weekend of pure relaxation? Palm Springs is the place for you. Picture this: You, in a floatie, soaking up the sun, in a pool, with a drink or two. Now, if that doesn’t scream rest and relaxation, we don’t know what will! 

Places to visit:

  • San Jacinto Peak: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • Palm Springs Art Museum: 101 Museum Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 
  • North Palm Canyon Drive: 268 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • Robolights: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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