Five Best Small Town Getaways from Los Angeles

If the City of Angels has started feeling mighty crowded to you lately, we’ve got you covered! It’s time for a getaway, and luckily there are a number of great options just a short drive from LA proper. Here are our picks for some of the best small town getaways from Los Angeles.

The sunset through the palm trees in Santa Barbara
The sunset through the palm trees in Santa Barbara
1, La Quinta, California

Sure, everyone knows about Palm Springs but if you continue just a bit further into the desert, you’ll reach the slightly swankier suburb of La Quinta. There you’ll find one of the best spas in the country, not to mention five championship golf courses and more than 40 pools to relax away that city stress.

Where To Stay: La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

2. Santa Barbara, California

Ready to act out the movie Sideways? The blockbuster wine movie that made this sleepy coastal city a star is still pumping out some of the best very vinos in the country. Spend your days visiting tasting rooms at the Firestone Vineyard, Sanford Winery, and Fess Parker Winery. We won’t even tell if you order a merlot.

Where To Stay: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

3. San Bernardino, California

A mountain view can help anyone unwind, and that’s what you’ll get at the base of the San Bernardino National Forest. Explore the hundreds of area hiking trails, or continue up the mountain to visit Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which transform from winter ski resorts to summer adventure parks filled with zip lines, mountain biking, and more.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino

4. San Juan Capistrano, California

Got a train buff in the family? Hop aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for a memorable ride to San Juan Capistrano. Once there, the family can explore the historic Spanish mission or indulge in unforgettable cuisine at the Ramos House Café.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach – Dana Point

5. Valencia, California

If you love to take it to the extreme, then look no further than Valencia. A short drive up the 5 and you’ll be equally close to two great attractions: the thrill rides and roller coasters of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the mountain biking, hiking, and bass fishing of the Lake Castaic Recreation Area.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia

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