Regardless of where you live in California, there is a diverse choice of amazing vacation spots just a short drive away, including perfect day trips from LA and San Francisco.
You will find wine country tours, amazing beaches, city escapes, romantic coastal trips, honeymoon ideas, family trips and relaxing spa getaways.
Southern California favorites include San Diego, Malibu, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Popular Northern California vacation spots include Carmel, Santa Rosa, Paso Robles and Napa Valley.
1. San Diego, California Weekend Getaway: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
2. Paso Robles - Allegretto Vineyard Resort, a California Weekend Getaway
3. Laguna Beach - Surf and Sand Resort
4. California Weekend Getaways: Langham Huntington Hotel - 20 minutes from LA
5. California Weekend at THE US GRANT
6. MacCallum House Inn
7. California Weekend Getaways: Hotel Cheval
8. Romantic Getaways in California: Pismo Beach - Inn at the Pier
9. Venice Beach - Hotel Erwin, a Romantic Getaway in California
10. Romantic California Getaways: Solvang - The Landsby
11. California Weekend Getaways: Casa Del Mar - 20 minutes from Los Angeles
12. Relaxing Place Near Me: The Spa at CordeValle - 1 hour from San Francisco
13. California Trip to Del Mar - 2 hours from Los Angeles
14. California Honeymoon: Sonoma Coast Villa
15. California Weekend Getaways: Wine Valley Inn in Solvang for Couples
16. California Weekend Getaways: Hotel Pacific in Monterey
17. Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, a Romantic Weekend Getaway
18. Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa Weekend Trip for Couples
19. CA Getaways: Pampering and Rejuvenation in Beverly Hills
20. Relaxing Places Near Me: Hotel del Coronado, a California Weekend Getaway
21. CA Getaways: Sonoma Valley - 1 hour 10 minutes from SF
22. California Getaways: El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen in Sonoma - 1 hour from San Francisco
23. California Weekend Getaways: Senza Hotel in Napa - 1 hour 10 minutes from San Francisco
24. Places to Relax near Me: The Garland Hotel, Hollywood
What are the 25 Best California Weekend Getaways?
The 25 Best California Weekend Getaways according to local experts are:
- San Diego, California Weekend Getaway: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
- Paso Robles - Allegretto Vineyard Resort, a California Weekend Getaway
- Laguna Beach - Surf and Sand Resort
- California Weekend Getaways: Langham Huntington Hotel - 20 minutes from LA
- California Weekend at THE US GRANT
- MacCallum House Inn
- California Weekend Getaways: Hotel Cheval
- Romantic Getaways in California: Pismo Beach - Inn at the Pier
- Venice Beach - Hotel Erwin, a Romantic Getaway in California
- Romantic California Getaways: Solvang - The Landsby
- California Weekend Getaways: Casa Del Mar - 20 minutes from Los Angeles
- Relaxing Place Near Me: The Spa at CordeValle - 1 hour from San Francisco
- California Trip to Del Mar - 2 hours from Los Angeles
- California Honeymoon: Sonoma Coast Villa
- California Weekend Getaways: Wine Valley Inn in Solvang for Couples
- California Weekend Getaways: Hotel Pacific in Monterey
- Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, a Romantic Weekend Getaway
- Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa Weekend Trip for Couples
- CA Getaways: Pampering and Rejuvenation in Beverly Hills
- Relaxing Places Near Me: Hotel del Coronado, a California Weekend Getaway
- CA Getaways: Sonoma Valley - 1 hour 10 minutes from SF
- California Getaways: El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen in Sonoma - 1 hour from San Francisco
- California Weekend Getaways: Senza Hotel in Napa - 1 hour 10 minutes from San Francisco
- Places to Relax near Me: The Garland Hotel, Hollywood
The Lodge at Tiburon
The Lodge at Tiburon is located in Tiburon, a quaint artists community across the San Francisco bay. The property has relaxing outdoor features, including an outdoor heated swimming pool with hot tub and a pool deck with private cabanas. The hotel offers guests free wireless Internet access, twice daily housekeeping services, a 24-hour Concierge and a complimentary Business Center. There are 102 guest rooms. Activities in the area include sailing, ocean kayaking, hiking and biking. The hotel is surrounded by shops, art galleries and restaurants. There is ferry service to the city.
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Apple Farm Inn
Apple Farm Inn is a delightful deluxe hotel in San Luis Obispo, offering convenient access to top regional attractions such as the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The refined hotel offers country charm and hospitality within the heart of California's wine country, paired with all the comforts of modern conveniences and amenities guests would expect from a luxury hotel. 106 comfortable guest rooms and suites offer cable flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and tea and coffee makers, with four-poster beds, whirlpool tubs, and pullout sofas available in select rooms. Guests can enjoy hearty American-style cuisine at the farm-to-table Apple Farm Restaurant and Bakery, which serves up homemade entrees such as turkey pot pie and chicken and dumplings at breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Other onsite amenities include daily guest wine tastings, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and a relaxing outdoor garden.
2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, Phone: 805-544-2040
W San Francisco
Contemporary-chic meets San Francisco cool in this designer boutique hotel. Located in the vibrant heart of the SoMA district, W San Francisco is a gathering place for the stylish, showcasing film screenings, fashion shows, art exhibitions, and music events against a backdrop of spectacular city skyline views. Exquisitely decorated rooms and luxury suites offer a tranquil escape from the vibrant energy of the city below, with a variety of luxurious accommodations to choose from.
Plush signature bedding, tasteful designer décor and deluxe facilities abound, while large windows embrace magnificent cityscape views. Toast the setting sun with signature cocktails at the bar, before enjoying fresh, locally sourced cuisine accompanied by fine Napa and Soma Valley wines at the suave TRACE restaurant.
Stay fit in the exclusive FIT fitness center and revitalized in the award-winning Bliss San Francisco Spa, which boasts nine treatment rooms, three movie-while-you-manicure nail stations, a designer boutique and men and women's lounges with luxurious outdoor escapes.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
The Lodge at Torrey Pines boasts everything you need for a fun weekend getaway. For golfers, the magnificent Torrey Pine Golf Course is a great incentive to visit but even if you are not a golfer, you will find plenty to do on and around the resort. If you can tear yourself away from the comfortable cocoon of your guestroom or suite, you can enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment or relax on a comfortable lounger by the pool. At the end of the day you can look forward to feasting on fresh local produce at the Hotel’s acclaimed A.R. Valentine Restaurant.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-453-4420
The Town of Ojai - 1 hour 25 minutes from LA
The Kuyam chamber at the Ojai Valley Inn lets you experience a treatment that combines dry and wet heat with aromatherapy. If you enjoy sauna treatments, the Signature Kuyam Treatment at Spa Ojai is definitely a must. The treatment begins with self-application of Moor mud used cleanse and exfoliate the skin. As the heat in the Kuyam chamber increases, the mud begins to try on the skin.
After several minutes of dry heat, the chamber is filled with steam infused with fresh herbs, providing inhalation therapy. A guided meditation and a walk through a shower of cool water will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Finally, you will be wrapped in a blanket and invited to relax in a private outdoor loggia with subdued lighting. Browse more packages, deals & ideas from Los Angeles.
anta Monica - 20 minutes from Los Angeles
This famous beach town next to Los Angeles is best known for its 3-mile Santa Monica beach which we have all come to know as the symbol of Southern California beach life. If you are looking for affordable last minute weekend trips, Santa Monica is a great choice.
In addition to sandy beaches and swaying palm trees, the town offers diverse museums, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. This is a great place to stay if you want to explore Southern California with day trips to LA, Venice Beach and Disneyland. The town offers many hotels and inns. If you are planning a romantic getaway, surprise your partner with the unique garden bungalows at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel which overlook the ocean.
Eureka played an important role in the 19th century West Coast lumber trade as one of the largest deep-water ports on the West Coast. As a result of the thriving industry, Eureka developed as an attractive Victorian city that continues to charm visitors in Old Town Eureka, with well-preserved Victorian mansions turned cafes, galleries and shops.
For more history, visit Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, the former remote military post with the attached historic logging Museum, and the Clarke Historical Museum, located in the historic Bank of Eureka. A drive through the majestic ancient trees on the Redwood Highway will leave you in awe. Visit the Sequoia Park Zoo to see the animals that live among the redwoods. Take a hike through the Headwaters Forest Reserve, the only old-growth redwood forest ecosystem left intact in the world.
Encinitas is the capital of surfing, and surfers that flock to Encinitas from all over the world give it a distinct, quirky personality. It is also a perfect place to learn to surf, and Leucadia Surf School will get you standing on the board in no time. Beautiful wide Cardiff State Beach is not only great for surfing but for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and kiteboarding.
Swami’s Surf Beach is the most popular among surfers, and the park on the cliffs above the beach is perfect for watching the show. On top of the cliff above the beach is Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens Retreat, open to visitors and curious minds as well as those interested in spending some time meditating. San Diego Botanic Garden will amaze you with the diversity of plant collections that represent different California ecosystems.
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The life of Santa Monica revolves around its Pier. The history of this iconic 100 year old structure is the history of this lively beach town. It is the place where both locals and tourists go to watch the sunset, try their hand in fishing, have a bite to eat or just watch the world go by. Under the Pier is one the best aquariums in the country and just next to it is buzzing Pacific Park, an amusement park with fun rides and rollercoasters the kids will love. On both sides of the Pier is the famous three and half mile long Santa Monica Beach, with its watersports and beach sports, swimming and sea-gazing. To escape from the relentless sun, take a drive up the Santa Monica Mountains, where 20 parks offer plenty of shade and opportunity for hiking, biking and bird-watching. Stroll through Downtown Santa Monica and pedestrian Third Street Promenade to see the different side of Santa Monica. The Fairmont Miramar is a luxury hotel with a spa, pool and elegant dining.
About a mile from the coast, Costa Mesa was a small agrarian community until relatively recently. Today, it is a modern city with a thriving art scene. Just how much things have changed will be clear at the Diego Sepúlveda Adobe, one of the oldest structures in Orange County, built to host travelling herdsmen. For the full contrast, go to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, an ultramodern structure designed by the world-famous architect Cesar Pelli, the home to the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale.
For a peaceful respite, visit the serene California Scenario also called Noguchi Garden, and to stretch your legs and learn about California plant communities, hike or bike through the 208 acre Fairview Park. The park is popular among locals for picnics and community events, and if you are lucky, you might come during the annual Fish Fry.
Oakland is just a bridge across the bay away from San Francisco, but worlds apart in spirit. Known for its political activism, ethnic diversity and sustainability efforts, Oakland is a fun place to visit and offers something for everyone. At Chabot Space and Science Center you can gaze at the stars or attend a course. Beautifully renovated Fox Theater will entertain you with a concert or a show and the Oakland Museum of California, with more than two million objects, will help you understand what makes California the way it is.
Kids will love the Oakland Zoo with more than 400 animals, especially free-roaming elephants, and will be thrilled to board the USS Potomac, President Roosevelt’s official presidential yacht. Art and Soul Oakland festival held every year on August 1 will help you understand the soul of Oakland as the whole town hits the streets for the music, food and drinks.
The best way of getting the feel of Denmark without actually going to Denmark is to visit Solvang, founded by a group of Danes in 1911. Stroll through the city downtown to admire typical Danish rural architecture and visit typical Danish rural Bethania Lutheran Church completed in 1928, with beautiful handmade woodwork at the altar. Kids will enjoy playing at the Hans Christian Anderson Park with its fairytale castle entrance gate.
Learn more about Solvang’s history at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, located in a beautiful example of Danish architecture, and visit the Wildling Art Museum to see works of local artists inspired by the love of nature. There are so many great vineyards in the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley, the best way to explore as many as possible is by taking one of the Solvang Taxi and Wine Tours. More about Solvang.
Without sandy beaches like so many other California cities, Bakersfield is an inland city that holds its own with a thriving art scene and a number of attractions for the whole family. Learn about the area’s distant past at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History with its locally collected fossils. For more recent history, visit the Kern County Museum, which encompasses 56 historic buildings such as an original school and jail and thousands of artifacts from California history.
Kids will enjoy seeing rescued abused animals that have a second chance at the California Area Living Museum. Bring them to the Murray Family Farms where they can ride a tractor-driven hay wagon, pick fruits from the trees and play with farm animals. Check if there is a concert or some other performance at the historic Fox Theater or the much more modern Rabobank Arena, Theater & Convention Center. For a breath of fresh air, take a hike through the beautiful shady Kern River Parkway.
Irvine is a young city, planned and developed since 1960, and it already managed to become one of the most affluent cities in the country. You can see the whole city and its surroundings from the Orange County Great Park. One of the city’s landmarks is the beautiful Irvine Barclay Theatre performing arts venue.
Strawberry Farms and Oak Creek golf clubs will thrill the golfers. Let them spend some energy and engage their imagination at the interactive Pretend City Children's Museum. Boomers! Irvine is a playground for the whole family with go karts, bumper boats, laser tag, a rock climbing wall and miniature golf.
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It is hard to imagine that someone actually lives in Beverly Hills, except the rich and famous, of course. Just a stroll through Rodeo Drive boggles the mind, with boutiques where one needs an appointment to shop. But, it is a good place to spot celebrities, just as is Mulholland Drive, a 21 mile long road through the Santa Monica Hills where so many movie stars live behind the tall gates. To get a glimpse of their lifestyle, take a tour of the 55 room 1927 Greystone Mansion and Gardens, the home of billionaire Ned Dohne Jr.
Another luxury home turned gallery worth visiting is the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, with its world-class collection of 400 pieces of contemporary art. At the Margaret Herrick Library, you can follow the history of moving pictures through 42,000 items which include movies, scripts and photographs. A visit to Beverly Hills would not be complete without stopping by the historic Beverly Hills Hotel and its famous Polo Lounge.
Just across the bay from San Francisco and home of the oldest campus of the University of California, Berkeley is known for its liberal views, rich cultural life and unique attractions. Stroll through the campus of the University of California and climb to the observation level of the Sather Tower to see the whole city. Check out what is happening at the innovative Berkeley Repertory Theatre and what is growing in California at the magnificent University of California Botanical Garden. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fragrance at the Berkeley Rose Garden.
Kids will have fun at the Lawrence Hall of Science with its hands-on science exhibits and the preschoolers and little ones will enjoy the toys and games at the Habitot Children's Museum. Stroll through the Berkeley Marina to see the magnificent yachts and have a bite to eat at one of the upscale restaurants. Claremont Club & Spa is a famous place to stay in the area.
A charming village known for its lively art scene, Carmel is located in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful corners of the world. Snuggled in the cove in Monterey Peninsula, with fine sandy beaches and endless ocean on one side and rugged rocky coast covered with lush Mediterranean greenery on the other, Monterey has always been an inspiration to artists. You can understand why when driving along the Seventeen Mile Drive along the coast, or while strolling through the narrow paths of the Point Lobos State Reserve. Visit 1770 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and its three museums to get a sense of the area’s history.
Check what is on at the world-known Sunset Cultural Center, a center for performing arts located in the beautiful 1926 gothic structure, or in the open scene of the Forest Theatre. Learn about the contemporary art scene in Monterey at the Westbrook Modern Art Gallery or Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. More ideas: 25 Best Romantic Getaways in Carmel, California.
Santa Ana is an inland city where past and present intersect harmoniously and art thrives. Learn about the city‘s history at the Bowers Museum located in the lovely Mission Revival-style building, or at the Heritage Museum of Orange County with several 1890s buildings such as the famous Kellogg House. Some unusual and rare animals at the Santa Ana Zoo will thrill the kids.
They will also love seeing old planes at the Lyon Air Museum and will have great fun at Discovery Cube, a ten-story solar cube with sections devoted to different sciences. Visit the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to see what local artists are working on and treat yourself with a concert at the Pacific Symphony.
|From Los Angeles, CA To||Driving Time|
|San Diego, CA||2 hours|
|Del Mar Village, CA||2 hours|
|Pasadena, CA||20 minutes|
|Santa Monica||20 minutes|
|Ojai, CA||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Laguna Beach||1 hour|
|San Francisco To||Driving Time|
|Lake Tahoe||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Napa||1 hour 10 minutes|
|Sonoma Valley||1 hour 10 minutes|
|San Martin||1 hour 5 minutes|