One of our favorite things about L.A. is that you can leave its urban sprawl at a moments notice and suddenly find yourself communing with nature after just a short drive. Whether you're interested in a whole weekend getaway (hello, Vegas or Big Sur) or need a nearby day trip to get some fresh air (maybe Joshua Tree?), this list has a destination for every kind of traveler. So hop in the car, crank up the tunes, and take your pick of scenery: forest, beach, dessert and mountain landscapes all make up these gorgeous road trips from L.A. Happy travels!
NOTE: We've indicated in the text 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 a limited capacity.
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