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  • Doris Yee

    Not everyone has the time to plan and do an extensive road trip but there are weekends where you can do a shorter drive and get the same experience.

    I've been doing these shorter road trips the last 4 weekends in a row. If you're in the Los Angeles area, here are some nearby suggestions:


    LA to Death Valley: 5 hour drive, take the 127 through Shoshone to get a real entrance (the 190 is disappointing). Camp here.

    LA to Lone Pine to Bishop to Mammoth and Mono Lake: 5-6 hour drive with a detour to Manzanar to see the history of a Japanese Relocation Camp off the 395 OR checking out Mt. Whitney. Lone Pine and Bishop both offer Pack Trips on Horseback if arranged in advanced. Camp or cabin it.

    LA to Santa Barbara to Jalama Beach: Nicest surfers you'll ever meet and sunrise on the shore is amazing. Camp it.


    Temecula: Wine tour or wait for their annual Mud Run and spend the night in cabins. This is not really a roadtrip unless you consider 2 hours a trek.

    Deep Creek Hot Springs: Hot Springs in the valleys of the Mojave. This is a really short drive. You can hike either 30 mins or 4 hours to get to the springs. Retired hippies and nudists flock here.

    • Pete(r) Karinen

      These are awesome suggestions, thank you! I've been wanting to go to Death Valley for years...