Best Day Trips from Los Angeles

July 19, 2013 by

Day Trips, Things To Do

Santa Barbara Mission

The Santa Barbara Mission. Photo courtesy of brewbooks via Flickr.

Sure there’s plenty to do in Los Angeles, but why follow the road more-traveled? One of the greatest things about being in sunny southern California is all the great things to do outside and nearby. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore these great day trips from Los Angeles.

Romance: Santa Catalina

Came to Los Angeles with your sweetheart? If you’re looking to get away to some idyllic beach-side escape, Catalina should be on your radar. Home to only 3500 permanent residents, Catalina is as charming as it is inspiring. Art Deco and rugged beauty fill the land, and the pace of life here moves slowly. Visit Catalina and take a note from one of the island’s bygone glitterati – Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, and Richard Nixon all used to frequent the island to enjoy its serene ambiance.

Good Times: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara lies just 90 miles north of Los Angeles and is, without a doubt, one of the best places to go in California. They call this little strip of coastline the “American Riviera” and regardless of what you might have read about it elsewhere, this little coastal town packs a lot of good times in a surprisingly small area. From spa days, to relaxing on the beach, to an urban wine trail, to popping over and seeing the vineyards in neighboring Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara is small enough to be quaint, yet large enough to still have a nightlife. This is a great escape for the young and young at heart.

Quick: Santa Ana

Santa Ana lies just off of the I-5 heading south from LA, and this small-town slice of the greater Los Angeles basin boasts a quaint small town feel that artists have called home for years. Second Street promenade is where all the action happens, but if you can, try to catch the Artist Village Art Walk (the first Saturday of every month) when Santa Ana’s 40+ galleries open their doors and let passing visitors check out what makes this town more than just any stopover in LA.

 -Hudson Hornick

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