LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Run away for the holiday weekend to one of these picturesque getaways, where relaxation is the order of the day. Just a short car or train ride away, these excursions are the perfect way to celebrate the dwindling days of summer.
1 hour 45 minutes
Once a top gathering spot for artists and musicians, Palm Springs is experiencing a resurgence in popularity due in part to events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Coachella. This relaxing desert oasis offers an abundance of activities, including boutique shops, art galleries, and museums.
Just two hours from Los Angeles, the immaculate town of Santa Barbara offers a historic and picturesque weekend escape. Travelers visit this historic city for its high-end dining options and pristine beaches. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is another top draw at this charming and peaceful resort destination.
Centrally located in the California desert, Joshua Tree is the closest national park to Los Angeles and San Diego. Occupying over 790,000 square feet, the park, which is actually a desert, is the perfect weekend getaway for hikers, campers, photographers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its stunning natural beauty, the park also offers restaurants, local merchants, and a farmers market.
BIG BEAR LAKE AND BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT
2 hours 30 minutes
Situated in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake offers a host of high-altitude activities, including skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and kayaking in the summer. Helicopter tours, jeep excursions, and equipment rental are just some of the amenities offered to guests of Bear Mountain Resort, the perfect alpine getaway.
Visitors flock to San Diego to experience the ultimate Southern California surfing and skating scene. In addition to an abundance of local breweries that draw craft beer aficionados, the great year-round weather brings travelers to city landmarks like Balboa Park, Mission Beach, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.