When we think of Los Angeles, chances are "The Great Outdoors" isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The truth is there are tons of places to explore a beautiful natural landscape away from the city. Whether you want to go star-gazing in the desert, relax by the ocean, or explore the natural wonders of the Los Angeles Forest, we've got you covered. The best part: you don't have to break the bank on a pricey resort to enjoy quality time with your nearest and dearest friends and family.
- Leo Carillo State Park- Located in Malibu just off PCH. Leo Carillo State Park provides easy access to the beach (complete with beautiful caves and tidepools), and beautiful hiking trails with ocean views.
- Lake Arrowhead- Located in the San Bernadino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead has the best of everything. During the winter, try snowboarding, skiing, or ice skating. Taking a dip in the crystal clear lake or going on a hike are great options during the summer months. If you're not much of a camper, Lake Arrowhead also has great vacation homes, restaurants, and spas.
- Joshua Tree National Park- Just a little over two hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Though Joshua Tree is most famous for its epic star gazing and rock climbing, the springtime wildflower blooms make for a stunning backdrop, too.