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When it comes to day trips, Los Angeles is easily the best city to indulge in a “daycation.” With its endless coastlines to the west, soaring ski slopes in the north, and stunning desert scapes to the east, L.A. borders some of the world’s most beautiful biomes. Read below for our guide to the best day trips to take from Los Angeles.
Daycation, When You Have to Get Away
Day trips, or “daycations,” are ideal when you need a quick break from the city. Luckily, Los Angeles is replete with daycation options for every lifestyle. Whether you prefer to unwind on a yacht or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city’s landmarks, our guide has got your day trip plans covered.
1. Yacht Tours
Now that the weather has finally cleared up, it’s time to finally visit the beach. The only problem is that everyone else realizes this too and, before you know it, finding a spot to set your towel on the sand will be impossible. Yacht Tours from the California Yacht Club are the perfect solution to avoiding the crowds and enjoying the waters of SoCal. Taking part in a wine tasting during your yacht tour is the perfect escape from the stresses of the city. Luncheons and dinners thrown by the Epicurean Society are other relaxing options to enjoy on your yacht day. More active choices available include paddle tennis, pickleball, and other family activities.
2. Helicopter Ride Over Los Angeles
Helicoptering over Los Angeles is a privilege that few get to experience during a lifetime—and it’s absolutely worth it. Helicopter tours usually board from either Van Nuys or Hawthorne, so be prepared to make the trek to either of those areas. Companies such as Elite Helicopter Tours offer a variety of packages to choose from. While customizable packages are always an option, each package caters to a different area. Each trip is between 30 and 90 minutes and requires at least two people. See all of the urban treasures L.A. has to offer by flying over the famous Hollywood sign and DTLA. If you’re looking to escape the city, take a sky-high tour of the coastline by flying over Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Beach, or the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Prices at Elite Helicopter Tours begin at $160.
3. Santa Barbara Winery
You don’t have to go all the way to wine country to get a taste of some of the best wine California has to offer. For Angelenos, an hour drive to Santa Barbara is just as good (if not better) than a trip all the way to Napa Valley. Join the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Sip and hike your way through some Santa Barbara’s most beautiful and popular wineries. All wines featured on the trail are completely produced in Santa Barbara. Since the trail is only blocks away from downtown Santa Barbara and the beach, members are free to fit in some shopping and sunbathing while trekking the trail.
4. Newport Day Spa
Rated #1 Spa in California by Conde Nast Traveler, The Spa at Pelican Hill Resort is a must for those visiting Newport Beach. For a day trip, purchasing a day package that begins at 7 AM and ends around 5 PM is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the fresh ocean air. The spa features 22 treatment rooms, women’s and men’s Acqua Colonnades, relaxation lounges, a private spa suite, and other wellness activities. Spa dining and a salon are also onsite so patrons never have to leave the resort during their visit. Nearby golfing is also available for anyone who wants to get some exercise on the crisp Newport shores.
5. Whiskey Tasting
If wine isn’t your thing, a whiskey tasting at Rob Rubens Distilling and Brewing in Redondo Beach cannot be missed. Despite the venue’s function as a distillery and brewery, the early 20th century speakeasy décor and design is stunning. Tours of the premises are ideal for those who are truly passionate about the history and production of whiskey in California. Rob Rubens prides itself on using the very best ingredients as many of their spirits are made from organic, locally sourced crops. In addition to whiskey tastings, the venue also offers beer tastings.
Take A Break From The LA Daily Grind
If taking a week’s vacation doesn’t fit into your plans, taking a day trip to the city’s beaches, wineries or spas is the perfect remedy. Create memories this spring, and enjoy the activities the city has to offer!
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