No road trip would be complete without a stop at a roadside attraction. At one time, there were hundreds of these attractions scattered along California Highways. Many of these iconic landmarks disappeared with the … - continue reading -
A Catalina Island day trip is perfect for those that don’t have the time to travel to some remote, faraway location. Catalina Island is located just 26-miles off the coast of Southern California, southwest of Los … - continue reading -
Hollywood is a star-studded destination even for those that aren't star-struck. But if you are, Hollywood's reputation as an iconic place to rub elbows with the famous isn't that far-fetched, as visitors to the area often … - continue reading -
Santa Barbara is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, well within day-trip distance. We suggest an early start because there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful coastal city. To enjoy all this city has to offer you … - continue reading -
When you’re checking off the list of reasons why you should plan a visit to Palm Springs, make sure to include the sunshine, great resorts, shopping, outdoor adventures, museums, and spectacular scenery. This beautiful oasis … - continue reading -
The Santa Monica Mountains have quite a few vineyards. Most are on a small scale and many are hobbies to their owners. The mountains have dry summers and mild to cool winters not exactly the perfect place to grow wine. … - continue reading -
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 everything for those who want a relaxing getaway and some fun in the California … - continue reading -
Mission San Juan Capistrano is called the "Jewel of the Missions" and the best-known California mission. In 1796, work was begun on a large stone church to be the most magnificent of all the California mission … - continue reading -
San Clemente is located in Southern Orange County and is the last town before entering the wide-open space of Camp Pendleton. What was once a sleepy beach town populated by surfers and marines from Pendleton is now a popular … - continue reading -
Old Towne Orange Day Trip things to do and see along with some great places to eat. Located in Orange County, California, the City of Orange and its circa 1920s Old Town District is the perfect destination for a lazy weekend … - continue reading -
California Route 74, otherwise known as Ortega Highway, stretches just over 21 miles from beautiful San Juan Capistrano in the west to growing Lake Elsinore Valley in the east.
With its origins being nothing more than … - continue reading -
Home to the second-longest wooden pier in the United States, Seal Beach is the perfect blend of rustic old surf town and a new upscale cultural community.
Of course, the main attraction that lures visitors to this quaint … - continue reading -
Visiting Old Town San Diego is like taking a step back in history. Often called the birthplace of California, Old Town is the location of the first Spanish settlement in the region and makes a great day trip destination. Old … - continue reading -
Julian Day Trip Fun Things To Do
Located in the mountains 60 miles east of downtown San Diego is Julian's historic gold mining town. Once a booming hub during California's gold rush, this rustic but charismatic hidden gem … - continue reading -
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.
Nearly 4,000 animals live at the San Diego zoo, along with a … - continue reading -
Reminiscent of early Palm Springs with its natural beauty, Borrego Springs is an excellent choice for a weekend retreat or inexpensive family day trip. This small desert town is located in the heart of Anza-Borrego State … - continue reading -
If you or someone you are traveling with is an architecture buff, then you will be captivated with a visit to Point Loma Lighthouse. However, once you arrive, you will soon discover that Cabrillo National Monument is so much … - continue reading -
Birch Aquarium is a great place for a day of family fun, the aquarium is the public part of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
On any given day school … - continue reading -
While not directly on the Beach, El Capitan Canyon Resort is within easy walking distance to the Beach. Accommodations at El Capitan Canyon Resort include Safari Tents, Cabins, and Yurts. Imagine going camping with the only … - continue reading -
Gaviota State Park is the last stop on Highway 101 before it turns inland toward Buellton. The Southern Pacific train trestle travels over the canyon, which forms the beach.
Amtrak and a few freight trains roll over the … - continue reading -
The little town of Cambria is nestled among beautiful pine trees and the Pacific Ocean. The area where Cambria is today started as the property of Mission San Miguel. After the Spanish lost their claim to California, the land … - continue reading -
Refugio State Beach is one of the beautiful beaches located north of Santa Barbara along the Gaviota Coast. This palm-tree-lined beach is popular with day users, beach loungers, coastal fishers, surfers, bird watchers, … - continue reading -
Pismo Beach Outlet Mall is the only place in central California to go outlet shopping. While this is probably not the largest outlet mall you have ever visited, it lacks in size it makes up for discounts.
Under the … - continue reading -
Located along California’s Central Coast, Pismo Beach is a treasure trove for the traveler – from wineries to shopping to wide, expansive beaches perfect for surfing, horseback riding, or strolling. But, of course, the beach … - continue reading -
California is rich in history. Reading about history in a book is one thing, but it is far more enriching to see locations and experience the history in person. The Manzanar National Historic Site is a location worthy of your … - continue reading -
Joshua Tree National Park day trip best thing to do and see while visiting this amazing desert park. Joshua Tree National Park sits on Riverside and San Bernardino counties and covers nearly 800,000 acres.
Of that land … - continue reading -
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 is "managed" by a group of volunteers who have constructed … - continue reading -
Wildrose Charcoal Kilns would probably be one of the most visited attractions in Death Valley if they were not in such a remote location. The charcoal kilns were built in 1877 to provide a reliable source of charcoal to … - continue reading -
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 … - continue reading -
Antelope Valley Indian Museum displays an amazing collection of Native American artifacts. The museum is located in the Mojave Desert, about 25 miles from the town of Lancaster.
This wonderful little gem is only open on … - continue reading -
Here are 10 fun ideas for family-friendly outings in and around Los Angeles. Both parents and children will love these day trips—travel time to these destinations, two hours or less from downtown Los Angeles.
1. Los … - continue reading -
Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe
One of the most visited areas of Lake Tahoe and deservedly so. Emerald Bay has the only island on Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island, which rises above the surface of Lake Tahoe by 150 feet. … - continue reading -
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. This list is not in any particular order … - continue reading -
Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa Valley Wine Train has been in operation since 1989. The wine train can carry nearly 400 passengers through the Napa Valley and usually makes two trips a day. The Napa Valley Wine Train is pulled … - continue reading -
Looking for something different to do this weekend, we have a list of Bizarre Los Angeles Museums that just might do the trick. Most of these museums are located in and around Hollywood, so it is possible to visit several of … - continue reading -
With near year-round perfect beach weather just about any day is good for a trip to the beach. Here is our list of the best Southern California Beach Destinations.
Point Dume State Beach
Point Dume Beach is located in a … - continue reading -