Quick Trips From Los Angeles
The Resort at Pelican Hill is a romantic getaway in Southern California offering luxury accommodations, golf and ...
Vacation Ideas from Los Angeles
Quick Weekend Vacations from Los Angeles
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is a a desert park just over 2 hours by car from LA, offering visitors an array of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. At night, you will be able to admire the incredible night sky over the desert. The park spans nearly 800,000 acres with two deserts: the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert), occupying the eastern half of the park, and the wetter Mojave Desert which is home to the Joshua tree.
This classic SoCal beach town less than two hours from Los Angeles. Take a walk along the beach, look for seals and enjoy the colorful sunsets. For the ultimate weekend indulgence, check into La Valencia and relax next to the oceanview pool.
About an hour from Los Angeles, Laguna offers visitors sandy beaches, miles of coastal hiking trals, art galleries and surf shops. Montage Resort has oceanview rooms, great restaurants and a relaxing spa where you can get pampered on your weekend trip. The more affordable Crystal Cove Beach Cottages start at just $33 per night but you will have to book months in advance (800) 444-7275.
This charming coastal town is a residence of many artists and one of the favorite celebrity getaways from the city. Hundreds of shops, restaurants, art galleries and wine tasting venues will keep you entertained during your stay. Relax at a day spa or check into a plush hotel like Bernardus Lodge where you will have five star services at your fingertips.
In Big Sur, vacationers enjoy some of the most incredible views of the Californian coastline. Hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve where you can look for sea lions, and visit the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which features majestic redwoods and an 80-foot waterfall. Post Ranch Inn is a plush hideaway with stunning views, plenty of privacy and a great spa.
Often referred to as the American Riviers, Santa Barbara has great galleries, wineries and gourmet restaurants. There are several fantastic hotels in the area, including the ultra-romantic El Encanto and the luxury San Ysidro Ranch popular with celebrities. More affordable accommodation options in Santa Barbara include the Canary Hotel, Spanish Garden Inn and Hotel Indigo.
The US Grant is an iconic 1910 hotel in the historic downtown Gaslamp quarter of San Diego, close to shops, restaurants and entertainment. Plan a family trip or a couples' getaway with one of these great specials. The "Save 40% on your 2nd night" offer is available Thursday - Saturday and requires a 2-night minimum stay. "Discover San Diego" package includes Breakfast for two, Two stay-for-the-day Balboa Park passes, Local newspaper, and 4pm late check-out upon availability. The "Suites Experience" includes Daily breakfast for two, Welcome amenity of two bottles of Craft Beer, Two "stay for the day" passes to Balboa Park - you can visit 5 of their 14 museums, Complimentary in-room internet access and Commemorative “Hotel Stories” book.
Try something new by yourself or with your girlfriends on your next weekend getaway. Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach is offering the Paddle Boarding Yoga Package which lets you combine Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Yoga. The package includes a 2 hour Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Yoga class for two , Equipment, and a $25 Lunch credit. Another great package is "Relax & Refuel" which includes free $50 gas card (valued at $50), free Parking (valued at $50), and a a 2hr rental of Beach Cruisers (valued at $40).
If you like golf, the "Stay & Play package" lets you play on the scenic Trump National on the exclusive Palos Verdes Peninsula just 20 minutes away. The package includes 15% off Best Available Rate and 15% off golf.Learn how to make the ultimate cocktails with the "California Cocktail Getaway" package which includes: Mixology lesson, house wine, parking, and a 2-hr beach cruiser rental.
About two and a half hours from the city, Los Olivos is home to many restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops. Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa offers upscale accommodations in the heart of the town. fessparkerinn.com
Get Away to Las Vegas from LA
A five-hour, 275 mile drive from Los Angeles, Las Vegas is a playground for adults. There are more things to see and do than you could possible squeeze into a weekend. From spectacular shows and free attractions to shopping, dining, great spas and casinos, the town is a fun weekend getaway. The road from Los Angeles is most crowded on Fridays and Sundays. If you are somewhat flexible with your travel plans, try to arrive before the Friday afternoon rush so that you don't have to wait at the hotel to check in.
All of the resorts are in continuous competition to build bigger and more interesting attractions. The Fountains of Bellagio are one of the favorites. This free show incorporates famous musical pieces, jets of water and clever choreography to present a spectacle like no other. Bellagio Lake is difficult to miss since it's located in the center of the Strip.
If you can't quite make it to NYC, visit New York-New York Hotel where you can see smaller versions of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. There is also a thrilling roller coaster ride with views of the city which will give you a rush of adrenaline on your weekend getaway.
The Venetian Hotel features replicas of Venetian landmarks, such as a smaller version of St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto. Romantic gondola rides are popular with couples and honeymooners. Across the Strip is the Mirage Volcano which erupts with colors and sounds after it gets dark outside.
Where to Stay
The Strip is several miles long. In the center of the Strip, there is Paris , Bellagio Hotel, Bally's, Flamingo and Caesars Palace. To the south of these resorts lie Monte Carlo, MGM Grand, Tropicana, Bally's, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. North lie Harrah's, the Venetian, the Mirage, the Wynn and Treasure Island. Further up the strip are hotels including Circus Circus, Riviera, Platinum Hotel, Planet Hollywood, Trump International, and the Stratosphere. Downtown is home to the Golden Nugget, Four Queens Hotel and the Fremont Street experience. Downtown is about 25 minutes by taxi from the mid-Strip hotels.