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 


Alex theater

One perfect day in Glendale, CA

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



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


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


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


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


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


Newport kayak rental

Day trip: Upper Newport Bay

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



L.A.'s backdoor escape

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


Meet Mammoth: New to Mammoth? An opinionated guide

Meet Mammoth

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


Catalina view

Island romance, Catalina-style

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


Mission Beach

Seeing San Clemente

Luxuriate in sun and surf in this classic SoCal town


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


Malibu, CA surfer

Day trip: Malibu, CA

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


Bean Town

Worlds away, just north of L.A.

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


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


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.


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


Adams' Pack Station

Holiday fun in Sierra Madre

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


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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