Best Weekend Trips
from Los Angeles, CA

Fodor's recommends the best weekend getaway ideas near Los Angeles, CA. Our itineraries include romantic, food and wine, and girl's getaway experiences.

  • Photo of Big Bear
    Big Bear

    Big Bear is known as a wintertime retreat, but during the summer, this mountain getaway is fantastic for water sports, hiking, biking, and just relaxing. The skies are crystal blue, and the air is clean. Temperatures hover around 80 degrees, which is downright perfect compared to parts of L.A. in summer.

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    • Distance: 80 miles
    • Best Time: June to February
    • Best for: Family Budget Outdoor
  • Photo of Newport Beach
    Newport Beach

    With tony hotels, great shopping, and top-notch dining, Newport Beach is a great spot to hole up for a few days. It straddles two worlds: one occupied by mega yachts and the super ritzy Fashion Island, and the other defined by the Balboa Peninsula's throwback charm and sailor bars.

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    • Distance: 44 miles
    • Best Time: April to August
    • Best for: Romantic Shopping Beaches
  • Photo of Palm Springs
    Palm Springs

    There is nothing quite like a getaway with a few good girlfriends to fuel the soul, and with its sun, pool scene, spas, and shopping, Palm Springs is tailor-made for quick weekend getaways. The desert oasis is an easy drive from L.A., especially if you time it right (read: avoid I-10 during peak times).

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    • Distance: 107 miles
    • Best Time: November to May
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Shopping
  • Photo of Paso Robles
    Paso Robles

    It may not be the first place Californians think of when planning a trip to wine country, but that's what makes Paso Robles such a refreshing surprise. Our weekend plan will lead you between with funky art studios and cowboy bars—plus a bumper crop of top-notch (but totally unstuffy) tasting rooms.

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    • Distance: 206 miles
    • Best Time: March to November
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Food and Wine
  • Photo of Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara

    It's only a 90-minute drive, but Santa Barbara feels worlds away from L.A. That's what makes it the perfect escape for couples—and why it's so often front and center for weddings. It's the jewel of the Central Coast, with lovely beaches, clean air, and gorgeous vistas. You can spend most of your time outside.

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    • Distance: 95 miles
    • Best Time: May to September
    • Best for: Romantic Food and Wine Beaches
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