Day Trips from Los Angeles: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

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Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! This first edition of Day Trips from Los Angeles is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover in your own backyard. With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip. Explore places you never knew existed, many free of charge, and most within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles.Do something ...
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Overview

Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! This first edition of Day Trips from Los Angeles is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover in your own backyard. With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip. Explore places you never knew existed, many free of charge, and most within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles.Do something star-studded: Explore Hollywood, Burbank, and Universal City & Universal Studios.Do something sunny: Visit Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach, quintessential So Cal; Santa Catalina Island, a world away twenty-six miles out to sea; or Malibu, twenty-three miles of sun, sand, and surf.Do something kid-approved: Get a taste of Buena Park and Knott's Berry Farm, or visit the happiest place on Planet Southern California: Anaheim & Disneyland.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762760794
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Day Trips Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,363,796
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Kath and Pamela Price, who have more than fifty years combined of travel and life experience in sunny southern California, are the coauthors of Fun With the Family Southern California (GPP Travel). Price is the author of 100 Best Spas of the World. Kath is the author of fifteen nonfiction books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Using this guide xiii

Tips for your trip xvii

North

Day trip 01

Hooray for h-town 2

Hollywood 2

Day trip 02

Lights, camera, action 11

Burbank 11

Griffith park 16

Day trip 03

Adventures in entertainment 18

Universal city 18

North hollywood 22

Northeast

Day trip 01

Of roses & gardens 26

Pasadena 26

Day trip 02

An alpine paradise with hollywood connections 32

Lake arrowhead 32

Day trip 03

Ski on the rim of the world 38

Big bear lake 38

East

Day trip 01

Get your kicks on route 66 46

San bernadino 46

Rancho cucamonga 49

Riverside 51

Redlands 53

Day trip 02

Vintage hollywood, desert-style 55

Palm springs 55

Desert hot springs 63

Day trip 03

Glitz & glamour 65

Rancho mirage 65

Palm desert 69

Day trip 04

Nature's own rocky road 75

Joshua tree national park 75

Southeast

Day trip 01

The happiest place on planet southern california 84

Anaheim and disneyland 84

Day trip 02

Ahoy families 92

Buena park 92

Day trip 03

Historical anecdotes & oc options 98

City of orange 98

Santa ana 102

Irvine and costa mesa 103

Day trip 04

Three on the sand-the oc beach cities 106

Huntington beach 108

Newport beach 110

Laguna beach 112

South

Day trip 01

Of sailing ships & queens 116

Long beach 116

Day trip 02

A world away only 22 miles out to sea 124

Santa catalina island 124

Southwest

Day trip 01

Quintessential SoCal 132

Marina del rey 132

Venice beach 138

West

Day trip 01

The best of westside 144

Beverly hills 144

Westwood 149

Day trip 02

Beyond the pier 152

Santa monica 152

Day trip 03

Twenty-seven miles of sun, sand & surf 159

Malibu 159

Northwest

Day trip 01

Funny names, friendly places 168

Oxnard 168

Simi valley 172

Day trip 02

Spiritually inclined 174

Ojai 174

Day trip 03

The way california was 180

Ventura 180

Channel islands national park 184

Day trip 04

America's riviera revealed 186

Santa barbara 186

Regional information 196

Festivals & celebrations 201

Index 208

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