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Old 08-23-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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Hello all,

I just moved to the LA area and I want to take advantage of my weekends by exploring the area. I'm looking for suggestions for day trips from the L.A. area. For example, Santa Barbara.

I'm new to CA so I'm not sure which cities, towns, or attractions are within driving distance from LA. But, I want to see as much as possible.

Thanks!
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Santa Barbara certainly qualifies. You can also include the Danish town of Solvang and the surrounding wine country. Palm Springs, several mountain communities around within a short drive, such as Ojai. If you can give us an idea of your interests we might be able to narrow down the locations.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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Solvang, Julian, San Diego, Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear, Catalina/Avalon
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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Oxnard and Ventura Harbors. Seems that something is going on there every summer weekend for free(car show, art festival, music concert). Nice places to eat with a harbor view.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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Big Bear!
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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can't recommend santa barbara country wine country enough. ojai is also great, as are los padres national forest, joshua tree national park, and anza-borrego desert state park. if you don't mind driving a bit further out, you could check out santa maria for their local barbecue or maybe san luis obispo, which is a very nice town.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:02 AM
 
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San Diego is a nice day trip. I remember family trips in the 80s and 90s. It use to take under 2 hours. I wonder how long it takes now?
Laguna Niguel and Newport beach are nice places to hang out.
Castaic Lake is great for picnics, just off the 5 past Magic Mountain.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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These suggestions sound wonderful! Thanks so much everyone.

Keep them coming!
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:08 AM
 
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-Laguna Beach in Orange County.

-San Luis Obispo (mentioned above) is a very nice small college town. Close to Morro Bay which is also very nice.

-In San Diego area: La Jolla (one of the most beautiful coastal towns in California), Coronado (including the historic Coronado Hotel and Coronado Beach).

-Joshua Tree National Monument (near Palm Springs). Look at the cover of U2's "Joshua Tree" album....that is where that photo was taken.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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Palm Springs is another good day trip. Drive time is about the same as to San Diego. Try and do the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. In the winter (and even into the spring) you'll probably experience snow at the peak! (even in the summer, take a jacket, especially if you go up in the later afternoon or evening, as the temps up top fall to the 50s or lower at night, even though they are well in the 80s during the day).
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