Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Overnight trip from LA -- siggestions welcomed

Overnight trip from LA -- siggestions welcomed

Jul 12th, 2007, 12:04 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 49
Overnight trip from LA -- siggestions welcomed

My boyfriend, who lives in LA, and I, who lives in New York, would like to take an overnight trip from LA in early August. We would leave early Saturday am and return late Sunday night for me to catch my return redeye at LAX.

To the Californians (or Californiaphiles) out there -- what would you suggest? Palm Springs -- or is it too hot in August? Joshua Tree? Anything off the beaten path? We are pretty open in terms of cost, although we would of course prefer a great value. I would like to find somewhere beautiful and serene, rather than a crazy scene.

Thanks in advance for the help from these boards, which have always given me great advice in my diverse trip planning over the years.

gold75 is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:23 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 68
Palm Springs is hot,hot, hot,this time of year. Some people like it. If you don't, you may want to avoid it. (Joshua Tree is hot also.)

Santa Barbara is cooler, being on the beach, and about the same distance. Lovely courthouse, mission, gardens.

My real suggestion would be "Why not LA." There is a lot to do hear, and I bet your boyfriend has not done a lot of it. Tour the stars' graves, walking tours of downtown, Pasadena, etc.

Take your boyfriend on a "Trip to LA," stay at the Biltmore, and see parts of LA he doesn't get to.

What do you like? and I will suggest other stuff.
dncdave is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 154
Santa Barbara. My wife and I left Torrance on a Sat morning and arrived in Santa Barbara in 2 hrs. Very eclectic place with gorgeous scenery. Great place just to walk around and sightsee, shop and dine. Also, you have time to take a side trip to the Danish American town of Solvang for a little taste of Denmark in the states. It's a beautiful ride of about 35 miles across the coastal mountain range. You can take the 101 back if your pressed for time, which we weren't.
Hubster is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1,647
You will fry in Palm Springs.

Head south to San Diego.
frank_and_beans is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 45
The drive to Santa Barbara is a good idea. You could also drive south to San Juan Capistrano or even to San Diego in about 2 hours. I would avoid Palm Springs in the summer. Also, you could take a ferry to Catalina Island for the day.
ssf14 is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 01:06 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,341
Laguna Beach.
Balboa Island
Newport Beach
Catalina Island.

Oh no, Palm Springs + desert cities - way to HOT as everyone has said.
jbass is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 18,063
Not August in Palms Springs. And I like it hot. How about San Luis Obispo or Morro Bay? It's a bit more off the path than Santa Barbara, although you also have time for a stopover of a few hours and a bit of wine tasting on the way thru the Santa Ynez Valley. There's also Alisal Ranch in Solvang.
mlgb is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,341
Forget the desert in August!!!

How about a nice trip to the San Bernardino mountains? Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead would be very scenic and cool. Either place would meet your criteria of beautiful and serene.

Your driving time should be under 3 hours.
Orlando_Vic is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 144
Santa Barbara is beautful.
Also, Catalina would be a great option, and it's definitely beautiful and serene..
vlcgoddess is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 493
I second the idea of Arrowhead. Love it up there. It can be 100 degrees at the foothills but 10-20 degrees cooler further up. Lovely scenery. Lovely lake.
connecticutyankee is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 68
If you want the mountains, I suggest Arrowhead. I have a friend who has a place in Big Bear and they had a blight that caused them to cut down a million trees, raising the tempurture. Arrowhead hasn't had that problem, so its okay.

Also concur re San Diego. Really nice small city with a lot to do. And San Diego may have the best weather in the state. It's only a couple hours away, but it is even more temperate.
dncdave is offline  
Jul 12th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 92,271
Just depends what appeals to you. Santa Barbara north or San Diego south are both good suggestions. Myself with only one day I'd probably stay local, maybe find some place nice in Santa Monica or Malibu.
suze is online now  
Jul 12th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 28
Santa Barbara
Santa Ynez (Wine Country!)
San Diego
Dana Point
Laguna Niguel

All coastal suggestions--the last time I was in Palm Springs, it as 112 degrees!!! Although I remember last summer in the San Fernando Valley where I live, it went up as high as 117! Stick with the Coastal suggestions (although Santa Ynez is a bit more inland but you won't notice the warmer weather after you've had a few glasses of wine from the wine country! Firestone and Fess Parker are two of my favorites!).
calabia is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Nov 15th, 2010 08:59 AM
United States
Jul 6th, 2008 03:29 PM
Mexico & Central America
Jan 28th, 2005 03:46 AM
United States
Jan 7th, 2004 04:10 PM
United States
Dec 5th, 2002 09:57 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:23 AM.