Best Southern California Weekend Getaways and Day Trips

Top Southern California Weekend Getaways and Day Trips
This list represents the most popular Southern California Weekend Getaways and Day Trips. Use this list to plan your next Southern California vacation. Select a state and/or an activity from the pull-down lists below to find even more top getaway ideas.
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1. California Travel Guide by Fodor's Weekend Getaway
This travel guide is a chapter on California excerpted from the book "Fodor's USA." It covers the entire state of California region ...
Published by Fodor's Travel Publications Sacramento, CA - Fodor's USA

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Imagine a village so quaint it has no parking meters along its narrow, shaded streets and no neon signs advertising its many chic ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Pebble Beach, CA - Driving the Pacific Coast: California

3. Santa Catalina Island: Island Getaway Weekend Getaway
On your two-day Santa Catalina Island escape, which begins with a brisk ocean voyage, you’ll soon be seduced by an entirely different ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Avalon, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

4. Big Sur Weekend Getaway
Draped along the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range between San Simeon and Carmel, California Highway 1 achieves its ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Big Sur, CA - Driving the Pacific Coast: California

5. California Travel Information by Rough Guides Weekend Getaway
Publicized and idealized all over the world, California really does live up to the myth. More than just a terrestrial paradise of ...
Published by Rough Guides San Francisco, CA - The Rough Guide to USA

6. Rosarito Beach and Ensenada: Baja's Gold Coast Weekend Getaway
This escape to Mexico takes you to the Gold Coast, the area along the coast of Baja California roughly from Rosarito on the north ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Ensenada, MX - Quick Escapes: San Diego

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Las Vegas has more than its share of natural beauty—soaring mountain peaks, red-rock formations, the majestic Lake Mead. But for the ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Big Bear Lake, CA - Quick Escapes: Las Vegas

8. Oak Glen: Apple Holiday Time Weekend Getaway
If you think Southern California doesn’t have a change of seasons, you’ll discover otherwise in this one-night escape to rural Oak ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Oak Glen, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

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If you’re not interested in waiting for the waves to hit the beach before you experience them, you need to go on the offensive. Attack ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Long Beach, CA - 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California

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This three-day outing in the rugged and scenic San Bernardino Mountains takes you from city noise and traffic to a pair of sparkling, ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Lake Arrowhead, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

11. Ballooning in Temecula: Hot Air over Grape Country Weekend Getaway
The Temecula Valley is Southern California’s ballooning capital, and with good reason. The valley is filled with vineyards and wineries, ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Temecula, CA - 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California

12. Carlsbad / Encinitas / Del Mar: Flower-Filled Seaside Weekend Getaway
One of Southern California’s greatest assets is its beautiful and inviting coastline, bordered by wide, secluded beaches with gentle ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Del Mar, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

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South of the border lies Baja California, Mexico, a unique opportunity to step back in time and see what SoCal was like before the ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Cabo San Lucas, MX - 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California

14. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country: Windmills and Wineries Weekend Getaway
This two-day itinerary takes you north to “Little Denmark,” where windmills spin lazily in blue skies in a fairy-tale village of curving ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Solvang, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

15. Catalina Island: Enchantment Across the Sea Weekend Getaway
Your escape to Catalina Island will take you to a whole different world. The fabled island of song and story lies about 22 miles across ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Avalon, CA - Quick Escapes: San Diego

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When most people think of California, what immediately comes to mind is beaches—miles and miles of beaches, especially those in the ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Newport Beach, CA - Quick Escapes: Las Vegas

17. Anza-Borrego Desert: Dramatic Desert Landscapes Weekend Getaway
A great road trip, one that begs for a red convertible sports car with the top down, leads you to the Anza-Borrego Desert. You’ll ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Borrego Springs, CA - Quick Escapes: San Diego

18. Palm Springs / Coachella Valley: Desert Retreat Weekend Getaway
Palm Springs’s dry desert climate and radiant sunshine have lured sun-worshipers since the 1930s, when it was a small-town winter ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Palm Springs, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

19. Beach Relaxin': Sand Combing, Cruising, and Bumming Weekend Getaway
America is one big country. In between the Atlantic and Pacific lie hundreds of thousands of square miles that don’t have the benefit ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Venice, CA - 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California

20. Ojai: Country Getaway Weekend Getaway
This sleepy little country village has a special tranquillity perfect for unwinding in a three-day outing. Creative people as well ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Ojai, CA - Quick Escapes: Los Angeles

 
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