Getting Around in Southern California
For a stellar road trip with friends, there is no better option than a beautiful journey along Route 66! This gorgeous drive lets you experience every type of landscape in California. Enjoy the plains of the Mojave Desert, check out the Huntington Gardens, and take a deep breath of fresh Pacific Ocean air in Santa Monica.
See the Sights
Whether you're a SoCal native, or new to the area, it's always a great time to stop by the local tourist attractions and take some photos with some of the most notable local landmarks. Take a trip to the Hollywood Sign, find your favorite actor or actress's star on the Walk of Fame, enjoy beautiful local beaches, or even check out one of the many thrilling theme parks, like Disneyland or Universal Studios. The list of fun things to do and see in the area is miles long. No matter what your interests are, you are bound to find something exciting and unique in sunny Southern California!
For a drive with beautiful coastal views, look no further than a trip along Highway 1. This beautiful drive that stretches from San Francisco to San Diego is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and entertaining cities and landscapes in California. You can lounge on the beautiful beaches in Carmel and Santa Cruz, have a fun-filled day at the San Diego Zoo, drive through the world-renowned Orange County, and check out the fabulous museums and art districts in Los Angeles. All of this and more is at your disposal as you enjoy a beautiful trip that hugs the Pacific coastline!
Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead
These two destinations are an outdoor lover's dream. Both locations are about two hours from downtown LA and provide a breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you want a fun and adventurous trip, complete with skiing, snowboarding, and the total winter sports experience, Big Bear Lake is the place to be. Big Bear Lake also has tons of outdoor opportunities in the summer as well, including ziplining, hiking, and water sports. For a quieter, more relaxed time away, check out the alpine views and spa opportunities at Lake Arrowhead.
While there is a lot to see and do within just a couple hours of Los Angeles, if you're ready for a long drive and are interested in experiencing a weekend away from daily life, there are several excellent opportunities for long-distance road trips. San Francisco is only about 6 hours away, and that's a small price to pay for all the great sights and attractions there are to experience in the Bay Area. Check out the legends and lore of Alcatraz, wander around China Town, enjoy the stellar food at Fisherman's Wharf, peruse the art scene around Berkeley, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Bay Bridge lights in the evening.