Los Angeles is considered one of the greatest cities in the world. Outside of being a hub of diverse culture, LA gives Californians the chance to discover many amazing landscapes in and around the city. And, you know that the weather is always spectacular, so any time is a good time for take a quick little day trip out of the city! WREN’s DTLA apartments are located in the South Park neighborhood, which has given us the opportunity check out the finest that the city, and the surrounding area, has to offer. For that reason, we’d like to share the best LA day trips that you should take as soon as you can!
Many people consider Catalina Island a top spot for leisure and entertainment. If you like adrenaline, take a ride on a zip line, parasail over the water or race a jet ski. If that’s outside of your comfort level, catch a fish, play a round of golf or get a massage at a spa. Of course, if it’s shopping and eating that tickles your fancy, Catalina’s got you covered there, too. These are just a few of the activities to experience, so you can see why Catalina is one of the best day trips out of LA.
Manhattan Beach is well known as a prime location for surfing and beach volleyball. The vibe is low-key, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a ton to do. Spend the day soaking in the sun on the beach, or rent a bike and ride The Strand, which is a 22-mile path along the coastline. While many are drawn here because of the beach, there are actually plenty of other things to check out. The upscale downtown area is home to several fine dining and premier shopping options.
Big Bear is included in the best LA day trips because it’s a small city with a wide range of awesome activities. It’s a little further out at, about 2 hours from our DTLA apartments, but it’s worth it. In the winter and spring, skiers and snowboarders love to conquer the more than 430 acres of perfect powder and amazing runs. If snow is not your thing, that’s okay. The lake offers visitors a seemingly unending amount of recreational fun.
Without a doubt, you’re familiar with Malibu. After all, some of the world’s biggest celebrities call it home. But, that’s not the reason that Malibu made the list of the best LA day trips. It’s a surfer’s paradise, and there are some first-rate fishing and dining on the Malibu Pier. Plus, the sunsets here are legendary so you absolutely have to enjoy one while savoring food and drinks at The Sunset Restaurant on Zuma Beach.
No matter when you visit Newport Beach, you’re sure to be there when a cultural, art or music event is going on. Also, there are many ways to be entertained beach-wise including renting a boat at Duffy Electric Boat Rentals. Or, go whale watching – you might be lucky enough to witness the migration of gray whales!
Our best LA day trips also include a public park in the city. Why? With 4,210 acres of natural and landscaped grounds, Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in North America. Fortunately, for WREN residents, it’s about a 20-minute journey from our DTLA apartments. Despite its urban location, Griffith boasts a vast array of canyons, wildlife, plants and trees. Moreover, the hiking paths showcase gorgeous views that are not to be missed.
If you’re a wine lover, you’ll see why Santa Barbara is one of the best day trips out of LA. The downtown area is filled with urban wineries pouring their finest vino. There are so many that getting to all of them will be a challenge, so maybe think about taking a few trips to Santa Barbara. Plus, you might want some more time to hang out on the beach or try the delectable food and craft cocktails that are also in the area.
Palm Springs has long been known as a playground for Hollywood celebrities. When you visit this vacation hotspot, you’ll find out why. Locals have a long history of maintaining and expanding Palm Springs as a relaxing getaway and paradise for visitors. Here, you have your pick of golf courses, pools, spas, resorts, shops and dining. Oh, and there’s hot springs!
At WREN, we make it easy for people to experience the best LA, both within and without. We work hard to accommodate our residents. In addition to our incredible South Park location, we provide a convenient living experience through expansive floorplans and high-end finishes, which make our apartments both incredibly functional and beautiful. We also include, among other amenities, a concierge service, bike storage, hobby room, pool, business center, and a private fitness center and park. There’s nothing like coming home to WREN after a totally epic day trip out of LA.