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Cool Weekend Getaways from LA for Your Bucket List!

Daniela Ramos

Yearning for a weekend getaway from Los Angeles? Rest assured, as few places offer such a vast diversity of options to fulfill your heart’s desire. Check out this list of perfect places for a weekend getaway from Los Angeles.

Solvang

The quaint city of Solvang, California, also dubbed as “a little slice of Denmark”, is one of the coolest weekend trips to visit from Los Angeles. The streets are filled with windmills and rural Danish architecture. No matter how long you plan to be in California, planning a day in Solvang is a must!

The city of Solvang is surrounded by lush wine regions, so taking a wine tasting journey down the streets into the tasting rooms in the center of town is easy and very popular there. Many local wineries are featured, all with a variety of wine tasting options.

Carmel By The Sea

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Among one of the cutest towns that you will ever see and one of the best day trips in California (or even in the world), Carmel by the Sea should definitely be included in your bucket list.

Carmel By The Sea is a pretty little town, located on the south coast of the Monterey Peninsula. Undoubtedly one of the cutest towns ever, it is very popular for its pretty tiny cottages surrounded by colorful flowers and greenery, charming shops that sell local goodies, and narrow cobblestone streets that create a magical atmosphere reminiscent of fairy tales. This place is so unique that high heels are forbidden by law and shopkeepers leave water bowls outside for dogs to help themselves.

Carmel By The Sea is famous for being home to many artists, especially writers who escaped San Francisco after the Great Earthquake and found a safe and inspiring bubble in this fairy town. Jack London, George Gershwin, Robinson Jeffers, and many others found this unique town the perfect place to make it their home and inspiration. Crushing waves over the solitary beach as a backdrop made for a perfect town for them.

Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park, located 127 miles from Los Angeles, is probably one of the most underrated national parks in the US. One day in Joshua Tree is enough to hike one of the short trails, enjoy a nice picnic at Hidden and also visit a few top Instagrammable spots in this wonderful park rich with natural beauty.

If you’re game for a weekend getaway to this national park that spans two deserts, you’re definitely in for some fabulous adventures. Relatively easy hikes provide spectacular views for photoshoots and insta photo ops around the Joshua Trees, or you can try rock climbing in huge amazing rocks around the beautiful valley during the day, but star-gazing at night can make for a great camping experience while resting amidst nature.

Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia National Park is home to most of the world’s Sequoia trees, which are the biggest on earth. Visiting these giants can be a very unique and magical experience.

Sequoia is all about hiking trails and big trees. The largest have actually been given their own names. General Sherman Tree is the biggest one of all, which can be reached from the parking lot along a short trail that actually crosses a tunnel cut right into the trunk of a tree that fell on the path! From there, Congress Trail is a relatively easy 2-mile loop that goes by the third and fourth biggest trees, as well as a couple of smaller groves of trees. One of the trees there, the Room Tree, is hollow inside and so big that people can walk inside of it!

Another great hike leads to Moro Rock, an enormous granite dome. If you wish to go to the top, the climb up the 350 steps will be amply rewarded with amazing views over the awesome hills and the San Joaquin Valley below.

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The journey has been full of highs and lows of all sorts – of grand adventures, heartbreak, self-discovery, screw ups, and lonely roads. I wouldn’t change any of it. While I’m no longer traveling full-time anymore and I am now based in the wonderland that is Mexico City, you’re more likely to find me in some far-off place than at home. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction, and I hope my stories inspire you to take the leap and follow your dreams!

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