Southern California June 01, 2017
The 12 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Southern California
The summer season is the perfect time for mini getaways and fun outdoor adventures in Southern California. If you have a case of wanderlust and you’re looking for some new spots in SoCal to explore, then you’ll want to take a look at this compilation of our favorite spaces and places to visit in Southern California. From remote getaways to splendid outdoor hikes, you’ll want to add all of these destinations to your SoCal bucket list.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Sunset Cliffs -- 1253 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in San Diego
For those who seek out the most scenic parts of SoCal, this spectacular spot won't disappoint. Tucked inside San Diego,
is a marvelous destination for breathtaking views, glorious walking trails, and picture-perfect snapshots.
Visiting the mountain town of
is always a magical experience. You'll be enthralled with the artistic vibe of this charming small town that comes alive every year for the annual Jazz in the Pines summer festival. No matter what time of year you go, you'll find a thriving community filled with great local shops and restaurants that will all make you feel right at home.
3. Briar Rose Winery -- 41720 Calle Cabrillo in Temecula, CA
Briar Rose Winery
is located in a fairytale setting in beautiful Temecula Valley. Perfect for a Sunday drive, this picturesque winery is surrounded by serene walking paths and stunning hillside views. Sip and sample wine for the afternoon and enjoy a leisurely picnic on the grounds of this charming SoCal hideaway.
4. Carpinteria -- Santa Barbara County
Exploring Southern California's coastal cities is just one of the many delights of living in this part of the state. For a real treat, take a leisurely drive to the town of
and spend the day walking along scenic trails, shopping along the quaint main street, and dining at some tasty local restaurants.
5. Chantry Flats Recreation Area -- Sierra Madre
Nothing beats a day out in one of SoCal's lush green forests...especially on a hot summer day. Tucked inside Los Angeles National Forest,
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
is a stunning destination for some of the most picturesque hikes imaginable.
6. Ventura Harbor Village -- 1583 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura
tucked along Ventura Harbor is just one of the many places in SoCal where you'll want to spend a leisurely afternoon. Whether you want to stroll along the harbor to enjoy great shopping and dining or you want to soak up the SoCal sun while playing in the water, this is one place that everyone should experience at least once.
7. Balboa Park -- San Diego
Although you may want to spend more than just one day here,
is the one place in SoCal that is an absolute must-see for those who live here and for those who are just vacationing. From magnificent gardens, peaceful walking paths, stunning architecture and world-renowned galleries, this is a breathtaking urban park that is almost too good to be true.
8. California Citrus State Historic Park -- 9400 Dufferin Avenue in Riverside
Taking a tour of this lovely
in SoCal will completely rejuvenate you. Imagine being surrounded by the beauty of fruit trees in every direction and smelling the sweet scent of citrus all around you. Take a guided "Taste and Tour" of the citrus grove and snack on samples of citrus throughout the park.
9. Descanso Gardens -- 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada Flintridge
Whether you are taking a leisurely stroll through the scenic gardens or you're taking a ride on the Enchanted Railroad, a day trip to
is nothing but picturesque bliss.
10. Gold Mine Tour -- Julian, CA
The Eagle Mining Company will take you on a tour of a lifetime through an actual SoCal gold mine that will take you back in time to what life was like during the California gold rush. Located in the town of Julian, this 1-hour
gold mine tour
is a great way to spend part of your day in this charming SoCal town.
11. Wrightwood -- San Gabriel Mountains
Located in the San Gabriel Mountains,
the town of Wrightwood
is a magnificent spot for exploring on a day trip. This quaint town is only 90-minutes from Los Angeles, so it's nice and easy to reach from most parts of SoCal. Once there, you'll find magnificent hikes and local charm that will make you appreciate all that SoCal has to offer.
12. Cedar Creek Falls -- located near the trailhead starting at 15519 Thornbush Road in Ramona, CA
For a refreshing splash in the water on a hot summer day, there's nothing that beats a nice cool dip in the water from a SoCal waterfall. After a strenuous and challenging hike in San Diego County, this beautiful waterfall at
Cedar Creek Falls
will be a welcome surprise.
Don’t these SoCal destinations all look quite splendid? If you’re looking for another memorable spot to add to your Southern California summer bucket list, you’ll want to check out this
divine getaway that everyone should experience at least once.