Best Southern California getaways

From the West's best theme parks to perfect, sun-drenched beach towns, you can't go wrong with these SoCal escapes

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Perfect Palm Springs summer escape

Palm Springs in summer? Yep, we said it. Zero crowds, killer deals, and a pool around every corner make this the place to be

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Mission Creek Preserve

Desert Hot Springs escape

Snowbirds flock to Palm Springs, but for some lower-key you time, get down to essentials in Desert Hot Springs

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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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Fairview Gardens

One perfect day in Goleta, CA

Take a peek inside one of Southern California's most garden-friendly beach towns.

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Fletcher Cove

One perfect day on San Diego's Solana Beach

Take a trip to this mellow beach town complete with fab shopping and a fresh farmers' market

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J World San Diego

A picturesque weekend in Point Loma

Rugged, retro, and just under the radar, San Diego’s quiet side never looked so good

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Cars Land

One perfect day in Disney's Cars Land

New reasons to visit Disneyland this summer––even for grown-ups

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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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Beverly Hills Hotel entrance

Beverly Hills for the rest of us

It’s not just a playground for stars. Here’s how to live large on the cheap in 90210

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Hollywood and Vine

Top spots for fun in East Hollywood

Tinseltown is ready for its close-up, and the star is in the east. Check out these top spots for eats, drinks, and more fun

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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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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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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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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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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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Newport kayak rental

Day trip: Upper Newport Bay

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

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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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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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Del Mar horse race

A day at the races in Del Mar

Pick a pony and try your luck at this SoCal stable staple

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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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