Discover the best
things to do in Southern California. Day trips, attractions, kids activities,
hidden gems and adventures. All of these trips can be taken in one day, and
your starting point can be anywhere in Southern California. Many destinations
are free or low cost, all are perfect for a family outing.
The Getty Center is a fun day trip where just about anyone can find something to enjoy. Located in Brentwood (Los Angeles) California, the museum features a collection of European paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Also featured is a collection of
Southern California Halloween events and festivals: pumpkin patches, theme parks, haunted houses, and mazes. Scary festivals from Los Angeles to San Diego. The best things about living in Southern California is you are never too far away from
California Zoos and aquariums make a great destination for a day trip. Included on our list are large and small zoos & aquariums. California has some great places to view animals and sea creatures. If you have visited any of these Zoos or
The Battleship USS Iowa is docked berth 87 Port of Los Angeles. Open daily for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Self-guided tours let visitors explore seven decks of this massive ship. One of the many
If you’re looking for a weekend escape or a weekend day trip for the family close enough to the city, but still with a small town feel then Oak Glen would be a great place to slip away to. The small community is located 15 miles east of San
State Route 126 that connects Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita, to U.S. Route 101 in Ventura. Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of California highway follows the banks of the Santa Clara River through Heritage Valley
Highway 126 passes
Mission San Juan Capistrano is called the "Jewel of the Missions" and the best known of all the California missions. In 1796, work was begun on a large stone church that was to be the most magnificent of all the California mission churches.
Part sleepy beach town and part thriving art colony, Laguna Beach is a perfect day trip destination. This Orange County beach town has a little of everything for those that want a relaxing getaway and some fun in the California sun.
It's time for the Orange County Auto Show. This year's show runs October 6-9, 2016. The OC Auto Show displays hundreds of new cars and trucks along with exotics autos and tricked-out rides at the Anaheim Convention Center.
1000 Steps Beach is located in South Laguna Beach. Access to the beach is by a steep stairway from Pacific Coast Highway. The trip down to the beach is quick and easy, the trip back up is strenuous even though there are only about 200 steps, not the
Pearson's Port is floating shack that sells fresh fish, live crab and lobster underneath the Pacific Coast Highway bridge that crosses over Newport Bay. Along with live crab and lobster (in season) Pearson's offers sea bass and buckets of prawns that
Fullerton Arboretum Day Trip
Fullerton Arboretum is your passport to the world of plants. Without going far from home, you can inhale the fragrances of the Mediterranean, feel the cool shade of the Redwood Forest, delight in the glorious fall
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
San Diego Zoo is Southern California's most affordable attraction. And with so much to see and do you will have a hard time fitting it all into a one day visit
There are nearly 4,000 animals living at the San Diego zoo along with a botanical
Hotel Del Coronado or the "Del" has been a San Diego Landmark since 1888. Located across the San Diego Bay in Coronado the Del is one of the most recognizable buildings in San Diego.
This huge Victorian hotel looks like something out of a
Known as much for its magnificent bluffs as the multi-million dollar homes that line them, La Jolla is a beautiful coastal community just a short drive from the excitement of downtown San Diego.
Perfectly situated, La Jolla treats visitors to a
The Living Desert Zoo is located 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California. This family-friendly attraction is a breathtaking experience nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and is a worthwhile destination for any weekend
Popular Las Vegas Day Trips perfect for both locals and visitors. All of these trips can be made in one day of less from Las Vegas. Gas up your car and explore some of the most spectacular scenery in Nevada. Las Vegas offers numerous scenic treasures
The Palm Springs Tramway takes visitors from the hot desert floor to the cool San Jacinto mountains. Take an exciting trip on the world's largest rotating tram cars that hold up to eighty passengers.
The adventure starts as you drive up the steep
Oasis Date Gardens are a 175-acre date ranch dedicated to growing Organically Certified Medjool Dates. Located along the old road to the Imperial Valley the date ranch was established in 1912.
While guests are not allowed to roam around the palm
Saline Valley Hot Springs may be a little rough to get to but well worth the effort for those that love to dip in hot mineral water pools. Saline Valley Hot Springs are "managed" by a group of people, all volunteers,who have constructed and
Twentynine Palms is situated at the Northern entrance of Joshua National Park. Many travelers pass through town without giving this sleepy desert oasis a second thought.
Most of the town's revenue is from the nearby 29 palms marine base and
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
A good place to start your trip to the Santa Barbara Wine Country is in the charming historic town of Los Olivos, an artist colony whose early 20th century downtown is filled with art galleries, boutiques, wine stores and historic stagecoach stop
Mission Santa Barbara Day Trip.
Upon arriving, it’s hard not to be inspired as you make your way up the long driveway past the wooden cross erected in memory of Father Junipero Serra to this magnificent 1786 landmark with its Earthy Yellow colored
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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. Most primitive natural hot springs are
List of the best ghost towns to visit 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. Nevada Ghost Towns
California Ghost Towns
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
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