L.A. is great, but sometimes you need a change of scenery. If you only have one day to spare, consider one of these quick day trips from Los Angeles to some amazing nearby destinations. Luckily, living in L.A. means it’s an easy and scenic drive from downtown to SoCal’s best beaches, small towns, wineries and gorgeous desert landscapes—all within three hours of the city. From wine tasting in Santa Barbara and vintage hunting in Palm Springs to camping in Joshua Tree or feeling the sand between your toes in San Diego, you’re sure to find a short trip worth taking on this list.
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We’ve indicated in the story below which of our favorite restaurants, bars and museums are temporarily closed right now, but it’s always best to call ahead since venues may be operating at a limited capacity or with takeout only. Also, make sure to brush up on the latest local travel advice.