Great Places to Camp Near L.A.


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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.