5 Relaxing Weekend Escapes from LA

5 Relaxing Weekend Escapes from LA

5 Relaxing Weekend Escapes from LA

 Los Angeles is a popular tourist attraction for star sightings and perfect weather, but the City of Angels is more than gorgeous coastlines. Looking to slow things down on your next visit? Relax with a quick trip outside the city! We’re sharing our five favorite weekend getaways— All less than 2 hours from LA!
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Palm Springs

One of LA’s most popular getaways, Palm Springs is a small town with big energy. Host to stunning hotels, laid back nightlife and more than a few music festivals, this lowkey cool escape from the city can be as relaxing as you need it to be. Whether you prefer to take in the dramatic scenery on the golf course, chill at the pool or splurge at the spa, end your evening with a night on the town and explore the local hotspots! Be sure to catch the best weather during the spring and fall months!
Image shows a pristine blue swimming pool under a cloudless sky lined with white lounge chairs and cabanas.
Image Courtesy Of The Parker Palm Springs
Flatlay image shows a mint Indio carry on suitcase surrounded by sunglasses, headphones, a swimsuit, and Indio train case accessories.
Pack your Indio carry-on for your Palm Springs getaway!
Enjoy Outdoor Seating well into winter!


Under an hour and a half from LA, this gem is a popular escape for artists and celebrities alike! Just south of the TopaTopa mountains, retreat to Ojai for your wellness fix. This tiny town is full of charm— Enjoy its many art galleries and shops as well as excellent food and wine, a world renowned spa, carefully curated hiking trails and dreamy mountain views. Ps, don’t forget to stop at the olive groves on your way home for a quick tour and a bottle of Ojai’s finest locally made Olive Oil!
Image of the Ojai Valley Inn at dusk
Image Courtesy Of The The Spa at Ojai Valley Inn 
Picture of a silver Airstream trailer parked beneath palm trees.
Image Courtesy Of Caravan Outpost

San Diego

Boasting one-of-a-kind beach culture, craft breweries, and excellent year round weather, San Diego is hands down one of Southern California’s most popular destinations. Explore Balboa park and the world famous San Diego Zoo, or relax in the beach cities, taking in local culture via shops and restaurants. No trip to SoCal’s southernmost tip is complete without experiencing the nightlife in this lively beach town, be sure to check out the ever popular gaslamp district hotspots and of course, the local craft breweries are not to be missed! 
Image of hotel
Image Courtesy Of The Hotel Del Coronado
Image inside the False Idol Tiki with colorful lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Image Courtesy Of The False Idol Tiki

Joshua Tree 

Looking for an alternative getaway off the grid? Joshua tree is a must see escape! Bordering two distinct desert ecosystems, with almost 800,000 acres of stunning terrain, Joshua Tree was granted National Park status in 1994. Book a spot at one of nine designated campgrounds or check out the many up and coming AirBnbs! Take this opportunity to get outside: Explore hiking trails, rock climbing and historic tours. Joshua tree is the perfect place to relax outside the city.
A picnic blanket with pillows set up in the desert surrounded by cacti
Image Courtesy Of The Joshua Treehouse
Image of a glowing tent underneath a Joshua tree and a starry night sky
Image Courtesy Of The National Park Service

Santa Barbara

Last but definitely not least, every SoCal visitor needs to experience Santa Barbara at least once. Just under 100 miles up the PCH from LA, relax by the pool or enjoy state of the art cuisines in this up-and-coming wine located steps from the sand. Get your seafood fix on the pier or hit up popular tasting rooms and eateries in the famous Funk Zone! This booming town offers a sophisticated ambiance full of great shopping, art galleries and is definitely worth the drive!
Image Courtesy Of The Canary Hotel
Image Courtesy Of The Belmond El Encanto
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