Jumping in your car is a great way to see the countryside, which is why we partnered with Hilton for exciting road trips you can take from the Los Angeles area.
Give your wanderlust a big dose of what it needs and plan a road trip to one of these sunny destinations. Many of these drives can turn into a weekend vacation, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized before Monday morning arrives. Whether you live in the city or are exploring the area on vacation, all of these drives offer stunning views along with photographic final locations, so grab your camera and go for a drive.
The Salton Sea
Distance from LA: 161 miles; two-and-a-half-hour drive
Located on the San Andreas Fault, this body of water was accidentally created in the early 1900s, making the largest lake in California. Pack a picnic and head to the
Salton Sea for bird watching and walking the shores of the lake. And the landscape is so unique, filled with interesting nooks and spots to check out.
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Distance from LA: 128 miles; two-hour drive
A visit to
Solvang is like driving to Denmark — in only a few hours. The small town is basically a re-creation of an alpine village, which draws people from around the world. Its enchanting shops beckon you to try traditional pastries, sip a strong coffee, or toast with a frosty beer.
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Distance from LA: 112 miles; two-hour drive
This quaint town is filled with trendy boutiques, galleries, and little bistros that make taking the drive so worthwhile. Spend a few hours watching the sea lions and swimmers at the
La Jolla cove, then stick your toes in the tide pools.
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Big Bear Lake
Distance from LA: 98 miles; two-hour drive
At the base of the San Bernardino Mountains,
Big Bear Lake is where to go if you're into getting on the water, but it's famous for its natural hot springs. And it's also a familiar backdrop, used as the setting for several movies such as The Last of the Mohicans, Gone With the Wind, and Old Yeller.
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Joshua Tree National Park
Distance from LA: 130 miles; two-and-a-half-hour drive
Enjoy the drive and then the views of the unique trees set against the rocky backdrop, with formations dating back millions of years. Hike the day away while documenting with stunning photos before enjoying a sunset drive home. Or spend the night and turn your visit to
Joshua Tree into a weekend vacation.
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Distance from LA: 29 miles plus boat ride; one-and-a-half hours
Just a short drive from LA, catch a ferry to Catalina Island, where you can relax and unwind while feeling like you're on a whole different continent. The location offers so much to do, from kayaking to snorkeling to biking, making it the perfect getaway from it all.
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Distance from LA: 90 miles; one-and-a-half hours
Looking for a long stretch of beach to walk for miles?
Carlsbad is home to oceanside walking paths, a bustling downtown filled with small shops and fantastic restaurants, and also Legoland. Walk the town, hang out at the beach, then relax at a bistro with your beverage of choice while catching the sunset.
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