15 Los Angeles day trips

From hanging on the beach to hiking in the hills, here are some favorite things to do around town

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Hotel Oceana poolside cabanas

Off the beaten path in Santa Barbara

A savvy traveler shows us there’s more here than State Street and the wharf 

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Alex theater

One perfect day in Glendale, CA

Check out this historic L.A. suburb offering the perfect day-to-night activities

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Balloon

One perfect day in Irvine's Great Park

Orange County has its own destination oasis that’s reinventing the grand public park for the 21st century

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California Scenario

One perfect day in Costa Mesa, CA

Spend a day in this O.C. town where indie shopping and the food scene have come into their own

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Calafia State Beach in Orange County

One perfect day in San Clemente, CA

Spend the day in an Orange County surf town with plenty to offer

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Hollywood Beach

One perfect day in Oxnard, CA

Head to this beach town to enjoy the local wines, see its charming central plaza, and chow down on authentic Mexican fare

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Laguna Beach California

Weekend in Laguna Beach

This California town is built for quiet, romantic getaways. Here's where to stay and what to do

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Newport kayak rental

Day trip: Upper Newport Bay

Stop and smell the wildflowers in Newport's hidden outdoor oasis

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Hiking

L.A.'s backdoor escape

Altadena has concerts, mountains, and waitresses who know your name

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Meet Mammoth: New to Mammoth? An opinionated guide

Meet Mammoth

Flights to an Eastern Sierra mountain will revolutionize your ski weekend. No chains required

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Catalina view

Island romance, Catalina-style

The Southern California gem makes a great couples retreat, but the kids will love it, too

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Mission Beach

Seeing San Clemente

Luxuriate in sun and surf in this classic SoCal town

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Big Bear Lake fishing and swimming scene

Day trip: Big Bear Lake

Thrill-seekers and beach bums find common ground at this Southern California hot spot

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Malibu, CA surfer

Day trip: Malibu, CA

Malibu in fall: Southern California's beautiful summer weather without the summer crowds

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Bean Town

Worlds away, just north of L.A.

Find an unexpected slice of village life in the heart of busy San Gabriel Valley

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Huntington Beach boardwalk

Surf and sun in Huntington Beach, CA

Whether you carve up the waves or watch from the sand, Huntington Beach will work its classic beach-town charms on you

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Rogers Gardens

Nursery day trip: Corona del Mar, CA

Bold botanical displays and a nursery stocked for spring are at the heart of this Newport Beach neighborhood’s best attractions.

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Dana Point, California's Ocean Institute and Tall Ship

Celebrate the Pacific in Dana Point, California

Settle into the quiet O.C. beach town and just enjoy the ocean

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Adams' Pack Station

Holiday fun in Sierra Madre

Experience old-school Christmas charms in this friendly town near Pasadena

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Orange County: Santa Ana Art Walk

O.C. day trip: Santa Ana Artists Village

Peek inside local artist studios as you stroll through Orange County's changing fall leaves

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