5 Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles

If you want to getaway, there are many fantastic options in SoCal. Here are our picks for your next weekend getaway, all under 3-hours away.

Joshua Tree

2hr 18min from Downtown Los Angeles

Joshua Tree National Park has activities for everyone. Climbers come for rugged rock formations, bikers enjoy the cruising the backcountry roads, hikers can scale peaks or trek through the desert and photographers capture the magical landscape and epic night skies. Picturesque too are the many mid-century rentals in the area, where you can take in the desert sunset from an Eames Lounge Chair.

Palm Springs

1hr 58min from Downtown Los Angeles

Palms Springs is perfect for a pampered getaway. Hang poolside during the day at one of the many stylish hotels in town. Once you’ve had your fill of lounging, take a house tour to see some of the best examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Even in winter, Palm Springs can be hot. Another way to cool down is taking the tram up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park, where the temperature is usually 30 degrees cooler than the valley floor.

Santa Barbara

1hr 54min from Downtown Los Angeles

Santa Barbara might be perfect. Called America’s Riveria, its charming Spanish architecture, temperate weather and gorgeous beaches make for an incredible getaway. Spend the day tasting local wines on the Urban Wine Trail (formally nicknamed the “Funkzone”). For dinner, head to the wharf to try the area’s speciality, sea urchin.

Idyllwild

1hr 54min from Downtown Los Angeles

A short drive up the San Jacinto Mountains transports you from the Inland Empire to a funky mountain town, complete with lush pines, a-frame cabins and mean BBQ. The area features an expanse network of hiking trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail. After hiking, explore the many art galleries and locally-owned restaurants in the walkable town square.

Anza Borrego

2hr 37min from Downtown Los Angeles

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, is 600,000 acres of slot canyons, badlands, palm oases, ancient oyster reefs, and free camp sites. But, its surprising unknown to Angelenos, meaning no crowds. Favorite activities include hiking the slot canyons, off-roading through the badlands and stargazing. Borrego Springs, the town bordering the park, is the first International Dark Sky Community in California. The light restrictions and vast desert make Anza Borrego ones of the best places to stargaze. ▲

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  • Hello ! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, I just found you and I’m in love! We are a media, as a class (another-day.fr). We are passionate about the adventures and beautiful photographs 🙂 but also many other things!

    I wonder if you would be interested in collaborating ace us and be part of this adventure? I loved talking with you! Feel free to send me on May 1st at: bonjour.anotherday@gmail.com

    Beautiful day,
    Best, Anthony

    • Hey Anthony! Thanks for the compliments 🙂

      We do some collaboration if you want email us with some ideas. Our email address is on our instagram: https://www.instagram.com/los.adventures/

      Let us know what kind of collaboration you are interested in 🙂

      Thanks!
      Ryan

      • Hi Ryan!

        Thank you for the answer 🙂

        We are looking for people who want to regularly participate by sharing what they do. This is something that would give you envy ?

        After it is not mandatory to participate regularly to appear on Another Day 😉

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        From our side, this is the case, we discuss right now with different agencies, and they are behind us, because what we offer is truly unique in the way or we put in place. To be clear, this is a place that breaks the rules in the sense that we include as many bloggers as photographers, musicians and all backgrounds, I’m talking about countries)
        It is a richness and strength that will be growing, as I said if we get together.

        The philosophy is aesthetics, sharing, meetings and to offer real campaigns that make sense. I do not know if you’re like us, but see the blogger marketing, catalog Version 3.0, for us it is just horrible and anxiety, and this is why we want to offer an alternative, it could be the only we are also already happened but it’s better to many, is not it ?
        I really wanted you to know all this, because not all are obliged to adhere to this way of seeing and doing things 🙂 We also want to push much further certain items later by going out to meet people make beautiful things “next home” and around the world.

        Show that we can find wonders of persons or crafts, and also power consuming products ‘major distrib’, but are not incompatible, but in doing reasonably.

        The site of the principle is to stand as a web magazine in its structure. It’s pretty (well for us). To be quite minimalist to highlight text and visual.

        If you have something to say or ideas that you would want to put in place, it will be really happy to discuss with you. Same if you have questions;)

        A very fast.

        Best, Anthony

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