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While it may not be near as old as San Francisco’s, Chinatown Los Angeles provides every bit of culture history and makes a fun Los Angeles day trip.
Entering through its golden dragon gateway spanning Broadway, Los Angeles' Chinatown is a
Southern California's mild winter climate does not stop residents and out of town visitors from enjoying the holiday season. Chances are the only snow you will find in SoCal is artificial, but with so many activities to enjoy with family and friends
If you’re looking for a day’s worth of activities all in one convenient location, then Exposition Park located in University Park across the street from the University of Southern California is a place you should visit.
Exposition Park’s spacious
Los Angeles is home to several major motion picture studios including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers Studios. Along with producing films and television shows these studios offer public tours. Guests get a behind the scenes
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It doesn't matter how old you are, or whether or not you've got children to bring, a trip to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad and Museum is fun no matter what your age.Located in the rolling hills of Griffith Park, the LSRM has been putting
2016 Sawdust Winter Art Festival takes place over five weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day: November 19, 20; 25, 26 & 27. December 3, 4; 10, 11; 17 & 18.
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The Richard Nixon Library opened in 1990 and is dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President. Surrounding the nine-acre site, you will find beautifully landscaped grounds which include the first lady's rose garden
Laguna Lake Park is a beautiful relaxing lake in the middle of Fullerton.Activities include fishing, picnicking and hiking. The 7-acre lake is surrounded by mature trees that provide plenty of shade. Park benches are situated around the lake where
Orange County offers a never-ending list of things to do with many of them happening on weekends.Popular family activities in Orange County include Medieval Times Dinner Show and visiting Knott's Berry Farm. Find out what's going on this weekend in
Irvine Regional Park Railroad takes you onboard a 1/3 scale train for a ride under the oak trees of Irvine Park. The train departs the station about every 30 minutes or when there are enough people ready to go.
Irvine Park train is not a miniature
Tanaka Farms is a short drive from the San Diego Freeway along University Drive in Irvine. Take the road into Strawberry Hills golf course and you are there. On your left, you will see the farm fields and to the right is the produce stand.
San Diego Botanic Garden is a 35-acre paradise of garden trails featuring flowering trees, plants from all climates around the world desert to tropical, and the world’s largest collection of bamboo. San Diego Botanic Garden originally began as the
Bernardo Winery is 25 miles north of downtown San Diego and has been producing wine for over 100 years. On the grounds along with the winery are little wooden cottages that serve as shops and include such artisans as a goldsmith and a
Bates Nut Farm is tucked away in an oak filled valley near Valley Center, California and makes a great family day trip. Finding the farm the is all part of the adventure for first-time visitors to the nut farm.
Bates Nut Farm has retained its
We have put together a list of amazing San Diego Day Trips. All these attractions are within 100 miles of San Diego. We left out amusement parks, everyone knows them. No "best place to eat" on our list. That's what Yelp is for. Our goal was simple.
Temecula is the most popular area of Southern California for wine tasting. There are nearly 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley. Most of them concentrated along Rancho California Road and De Portola Road.
To get to the wine country, you will have
Julian Day Trip Fun Things To Do
Located in the mountains 60 miles east of downtown San Diego, is the historic gold mining town of Julian.
Once a booming hub during California's gold rush, this rustic but charismatic hidden gem retains much of
Integratron is a hidden gem in the desert near Yucca Valley California. It’s not much to look at from the outside, but inside it is something out of this world that provides visitors a far out vibe.
Constructed by NASA physicist George Van Tassel,
Dublin Gulch is not your everyday ghost town. Most of the town is underground. In the early 1900s miners and railroad workers carved out living quarters in the cliffs near the town of Shoshone California.
The cave dwellings served two purposes. To
An oasis hidden in a desert valley, the China Ranch Date Farm, is definitely off the beaten path and is absolutely worth a side trip on your next journey across the Mojave Desert.
As you wander down into this little palm-lined haven situated
If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway close to home, than Tahquitz Canyon should be on your list. It is truly one of the crown jewels of southern California early history.
Situated just west of Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, Tahquitz Canyon
Kelso Dunes rise almost 700 feet high out of Southern California's East Mojave desert. These spectacular dunes are the remains of mountains long worn away. Winds created the dunes as they blow sand particles across the Mojave river sink resulting in
If you are a film and television buff, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is the perfect day trip for you. If you have ever driven the 14 freeway north you drove right past it without knowing the history and beauty just a quick exit away.
Numerous picturesque trails wander through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's 78 acres. Explore more than a thousand indigenous plant species thriving in various themed sections, including mountains, deserts, meadows, redwoods, and California Channel
El Capitan State Beach offers day use and overnight camping. The beach is located 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. Camping reservations can be made seven months in advance.
Most Campsites offer lots of shady areas. Oak and sycamore trees are
Montana de Oro State Park is one of the hidden wonders of the Central Coast. Nestled past huge eucalyptus trees and the town of Los Osos is this spectacular place perfect for a day of adventure.
Once inhabited by grizzlies and Chumash Indians,
Los Alamos is located in about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara and about 20 miles south of Santa Maria on Highway 101. Most motorists drive by this wonderful little wine country town never realizing what an amazing little gem it is.
Avila Beach is a quaint little town on the Central Coast of California. The town is a popular destination for locals to spend a relaxing day on the beach. Ocean water temperatures are warmer here due to its location on San Luis Bay but still quite
RV Camping Port San Luis Harbor. Camping at Port San Luis is unique in that it offers RV campers a place to camp only steps from the Pacific Ocean. Currently, only RV's are allowed to camp in five areas around the harbor.
Port San Luis RV camping
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Ghost towns in California and Nevada. Some of these towns are not much more than a few abandoned buildings while others have taken on a new life as tourist attractions. 4 wheel drive is required to visit some of the ghost towns, most can be reached
California's Eastern Sierra region offers adventurous travelers numerous opportunities to soak and soothe the senses. Hot mineral water pools can be found in the upper Owens Valley all the way to Bridgeport. Many primitive natural hot springs are
There's no better way to spend a day than traveling by train. Our choices for the top ten California train trips include scenic excursions, luxury dinner trains and historic rail routes.
Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa Valley Wine Train has been in
With so many destinations on Daytrippen.com, we decided to list our top ten Southern California day trips. All of these trips can be made in one day from just about anywhere in SoCal. We left out theme parks, no secrets here everyone knows them. Many