Weekend Getaways

Find ideas for your next San Diego weekend getaway!

Wine & dine Temecula "staycation"

This wine tour and casino itinerary is an easy hour drive up I-15 away.

Confession time: as a San Diego resident, it took me almost a decade to go wine tasting in Temecula. I broke the spell when my best friend celebrated her birthday at Pechanga Resort and Casino. ...

Baseball game road trip to L.A.'s Echo Park

The Eastside neighborhood makes a Dodgers game worth the drive.

A few Saturdays ago, I spent some quality time in Los Angeles for a Dodgers game in Echo Park. I’d hadn’t been to one of their games in quite some time, but with my friend ...

Discovery and serenity in Cambria, CA

The Central Coast town offers a rare atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

When I think of Cambria, I often think of my Grandpa Bristol – outfitted in a pair of brown waders – prying large red abalones from tidepool rocks. The Bristol home was close to the ...

Among the pines in Pine Valley, CA

This East County mountain town's an easy 45-minute drive from downtown.

As someone who has primarily lived in suburbia, I find myself escaping to small-town USA when I am in need of a change in scenery. Most San Diegans head to Julian, Palomar, or Cleveland National ...

Into the West: Sedona & Grand Canyon road trip

Fit some of the best Southwest hikes and views into a long weekend.

For me, the Wild West was never something that piqued my interest. The desert, cowboys, the Gold Rush, saloons; it all seemed rather dusty and trite to me. That is until I got a chance ...

Idyllic Idyllwild: a weekend in the woods

All-seasons mountain village close to S.D. – just a 2.5-hour drive.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir Ah, now I understand ...

Loveland Reservoir: backcountry in San Diego's backyard

Just 45 minutes from downtown, the reservoir offers hiking, fishing and close-to-home wilderness.

Loveland Lake and Dam is a true hidden gem in the backcountry about 40 minutes drive from downtown San Diego off I-8 East. The trailhead can be easily missed if you blink once while driving ...

Joshua Tree glamping & the Integratron

Yurt glamping, sound bathing and stargazing 2.5 hours north of San Diego.

Oh, Joshua Tree. You are unique, far-flung and downright bizarre.... I first visited the quirky desert town several years ago and took to the creative community. While brainstorming road trip ideas one weekend, I settled ...

Springtime Mammoth Lakes: a travel guide

The case for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra's less spendy, mellower "secret" season.

Springtime in the Western United States generally means snow melt and a lot of muddy conditions. It may seem like an odd time to visit a mountain town... but it's just the opposite for the ...

The Mitchell Caverns: California's sacred caves

Explore these ancient limestone caverns a 4.5-hour drive north in the Mojave.

The Mitchell Caverns are not as large as those at Carlsbad, New Mexico, or as well known — but are local, every bit as dramatic, and come complete with a history made for movies. I ...

Life goes on in Las Vegas

Bring your inner foodie: Vegas isn't just for gamblers or clubbers anymore.

Heading to Las Vegas two months after the Mandalay Bay shootings – the deadliest (civilian) mass shooting in American history – you’d have to be a sociopath not to think of death. But eventually, like ...

Hipster L.A.: Los Feliz, Echo Park, Silver Lake

You don't even have to drive there — take the Pacific Surfliner to Union Station.

In many different neighborhoods, L.A. is seeing a positive increase in the number of artistic and creative establishments: from hip clothing stores to shared workspaces to unique bars and cafes. Downtown, Highland Park, East Los ...

Read before rolling into Baja

Cuidado — RV and towed-vehicle permits also new to Mexican officials

When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders ...

Huntington Library & Botanic Gardens: L.A. day trip

The cultural oasis has an impressive art and manuscript collection, too.

Looking for a hidden gem of a day trip from San Diego? The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, a private nonprofit organization located in tony San Marino near Pasadena, is one of the best possible ...

China Lake: California's rock art library

See the largest gathering of petroglyphs in the northern hemisphere.

At night, especially under a full moon, the locals say you can hear the voices of the ancient ones. They ride the wind, telling the story of their people as they glide across the rocks. ...

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