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Old 10-13-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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I'm going to be in LA for 4 weeks in Feb '14.

Whilst I'll be spending most of my time in the city, I want to take a few trips out of town here and there.

What are your suggestions for things to see and do that can be done in a day trip? I won't be with kids, so no theme parks and such like.

I'll be staying in Calabasas so places to the north of LA will probably be easiest to reach, but I would think San Diego is still do-able with an early start?

I'm happy to rack up the miles in the rental car so where do you think I should go?
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Too bad you're visiting LA in 2014 and not 2034, as that will be the year the high speed train from SF to LA opens.

Just imagine, a day trip to SF and back in the same day!

I Love LA!
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:12 PM
 
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I'm going to be in LA for 4 weeks in Feb '14.

Whilst I'll be spending most of my time in the city, I want to take a few trips out of town here and there.

What are your suggestions for things to see and do that can be done in a day trip? I won't be with kids, so no theme parks and such like.

I'll be staying in Calabasas so places to the north of LA will probably be easiest to reach, but I would think San Diego is still do-able with an early start?

I'm happy to rack up the miles in the rental car so where do you think I should go?
San Diego is more of a weekend getaway. You could try to do it, but I personally think it's too far and too nice for just 1 day. Someplace like Newport Beach, Dana Point to the south & Santa Barbara to the North would be more feasible for a day trip.

You could also check out places like:

Joshua Tree, Catalina Island, Malibu, Any of the Beach Areas & The Angeles National Forest.

Also, Make sure you check out Griffith Park & Topanga Canyon. Those are in the City but will make you feel like your in another State. Lastly, If you want the best Mexican food possible, a day trip to Boyle Heights or East LA will give you some culture shock & will show you a side of Los Angeles that most tourist don't get to see. Make sure you eat at Guisados, Cinco Puntos, or El tepyac (HUGE burritos).
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks Jamills.

I'll definitely be at Griffith Park (probably a few times) It's one of my favorite spots in the city.

I've never seen Joshua Tree so that will make a nice trip, especially in Feb before the summer heat renders it unbearable.

And thanks for the food suggestions. I'm always on the look out for a great burger/sandwich/burrito/taco etc.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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From Calabasas, try Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo/Atascadero/Pismo Beach. These would be good day trips since you are already in the NW part of LA County.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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I'll second ccm123's vote for Santa Barbara:

Things to do in Santa Barbara: Check out 67 Santa Barbara Attractions - TripAdvisor

and add Ventura to the list:

Things to do in Ventura: Check out 15 Ventura Attractions - TripAdvisor

(Although I'd pick Santa Barbara first.)

It will take some planning, but you might also enjoy a trip on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner. Many years have passed since my last Surfliner ride from L.A. to Ventura and back, but I remember a comfortable trip and many miles of terrific scenery along the route.

Overview: http://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train

Schedule: http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/536/483/...e-040113,0.pdf

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Old 10-13-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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I noticed you mentioned out of town. Calabasas has some beautiful mountains and there are some great hiking trails in the Mountains that have amazing vistas of the ocean below.

If this isn't your thing, there is an interesting town called Solvang a few hours drive from there. It was settled by Scandinavians and there are a few nice restaurants and gift shops there. The AEbleskivers were delicious..
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:22 AM
 
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I noticed you mentioned out of town. Calabasas has some beautiful mountains and there are some great hiking trails in the Mountains that have amazing vistas of the ocean below.

If this isn't your thing, there is an interesting town called Solvang a few hours drive from there. It was settled by Scandinavians and there are a few nice restaurants and gift shops there. The AEbleskivers were delicious..
Great recommendations. I'd never have thought of going to Solvang.

Can't beat a bit of local knowledge!

Thank you all for the ideas so far, please keep them coming.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:08 AM
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San Diego is more of a weekend getaway. You could try to do it, but I personally think it's too far and too nice for just 1 day. Someplace like Newport Beach, Dana Point to the south & Santa Barbara to the North would be more feasible for a day trip.
I would add Laguna Beach to the above.

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From Calabasas, try Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo/Atascadero/Pismo Beach. These would be good day trips since you are already in the NW part of LA County.
To this I would add Ojai.

Also within L.A. I would add the Will Rogers Park as a nice place to visit (see Will Rogers SHP ). Visiting this park feels like going on a day trip outside of the city area.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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One thing I'm wondering is which parts of the Angeles Nat'l Forest are open to traffic in Feb.

I'm guessing a lot of the minor roads are under a lot of snow then. Is the Angeles Crest Highway open?

How about Mt Wilson? I've been there in high summer a long time ago, but is it snowbound in February?

Farther east, can I get to Big Bear Lake or Lake Arrowhead?
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