While Los Angeles is a fun destination in and of itself, consider an adventure outside of the city limits. Try these day trips from Los Angeles for a change of pace and to see a different side of the region.
If you need a break from the busy metropolis then the good news is there’s plenty of half-day, overnight and day trips to discover.
Best Day Trips From Los Angeles
1. Joshua Tree
Located 131 miles from LA, it will be almost impossible to cover the whole part in one day. Those visiting for a day trip will want to try one of the shorter hikes or walks.
We recommend the 49 Palms Oasis trail, Cottonwood Spring trail, and The Hidden Valley trail, all these trails are moderately easy and along the way, you will see refreshing pools of water, fresh springs, and Bighorn sheep. Not to forget the stunning backdrop of the park itself!
2. Santa Catalina Island
Used in the 1920s as a location for many a Hollywood film, this idyllic island is well worth the visit.
The quaint town of Avalon has the island’s largest selection of hotels, shops, and restaurant. The town boast boasts breathtaking ocean views and palm-fringed beaches. Don’t forget your camera!
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3. Big Sur
About a 3-hour drive from LA, the undying natural wonder of this area is well worth the day trip.
The drive along the pacific coast itself is truly stunning but sure to visit Hearst Castle, perched high on a hilltop this landmark has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Pack your swimsuit and get ready for an adventure!
4. San Juan Capistrano
Explore a piece of California’s history, the charming town of San Juan Capistrano is well worth a visit.
With buildings that date back to 1776 such as the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the history and beauty of this town are undeniable. Take a walking tour of the Los Rios Historic District, which has some beautiful historic homes and museums.
Forget driving all the way to Napa Valley, Temecula is your next best destination for a day of wine tasting. With over 30 wineries, you can jump between at your own leisure.
Another famous activity in Temecula is hot air balloon rides, the Magical Adventure Balloon Rides is a well-known activity. What a great way to end your day-trip in Temecula by sailing over the town’s vineyards with a glass of Champagne in hand.
6. Sequoia National Park
If you’re looking to spend a wonderful day in Nature, then Sequoia is the perfect place.
Bring your swimsuit because there are a number of waterfalls throughout the trails. The most popular hike is the Alta Peak Trail, 14 miles long and if you make it to the peak (4000ft) be prepared for some of the most breathtaking views you will ever see!
7. Palm Springs
About a 2 hour drive from LA, this retro city is the perfect spot for those looking for a truly Instagrammable pic.
Known for hosting Coachella and pool parties, Palm Springs has a lot more to offer than just a cool vibe. The perfect dessert oasis retreat to relax and unwind. If you’re feeling active there are plenty of hikes around from Indian Canyons, Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon, to Murray Canyon.