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WREN Apartments | The 8 Best LA Day Trips

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!

1. Catalina Island

Catalina Island

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.

2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

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.

3. Big Bear

Big Bear

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.

4. Malibu


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.  

5. Newport Beach

Newport 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!

6. Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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.

7. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

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.

8. Palm Springs

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.

Want to see for yourself what it’s like to have so much at your fingertips? Come check out our DTLA apartments!

April Is the Month of Festivals in DTLA

Let’s be honest – Los Angeles is pretty fantastic all the time. But, it’s true that certain times of the year offer up some added bonuses. Take April, for example – it’s a month chock full of some awesome music, art and food events! At WREN Apartments, we know that you’re probably looking for the best of the best. That’s why, we’ve researched all the LA festivals coming up this month, and we’ve found the ones that you absolutely must check out!

1. Los Angeles Beer Festival

Los Angeles Beer Festival

Lucky for WREN residents, the LA Beer Festival is at the Los Angeles Center Studios. This is about 10 minutes from our DTLA apartments. General admission is only $45 and gets you unlimited tastes of more than 200 beers from 80 brewers. On April 8, you have the choice of a 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. session. There’s also live entertainment and food available for purchase, and all proceeds go to helping rescue animals… talk about an all around great time!

2. Broke LA Music + Arts Festival

Broke LA Music + Arts Festival

Formerly known as Brokechella, Broke LA Music + Arts Festival has a mission is to be one of the foremost affordable LA festivals. Every year, thousands of Los Angelenos hit up the Broke LA Festival to discover local musicians and artists. The event will be held in East L.A. and includes four stages boasting L.A.’s emerging talent.

3. When We Were Young Festival

When We Were Young Festival

When We Were Young is one of the LA festivals coming in with a nostalgic bang! It will headline many emo and punk bands that ruled the 1990s and 2000s. From April 8 – 9, the halls of the Santa Ana Observatory will be filled with the music of artists such as Morrissey, Taking Back Sunday and Silversun Pickups!

4. Montrose Food and Beer Festival

Montrose Food and Beer Festival

We at WREN fancy ourselves food and beer experts. It’s why we decided to include an on-site restaurant and tap room as one of the resident amenities in our DTLA apartments. When we heard that the Montrose Food and Beer Festival is an unlimited beer, food and coffee tasting event, we knew we were in love. Bring $35 and live the dream with us on April 9 from noon until 4 p.m.

5. Easter Fest

Easter Fest

It shouldn’t be too hard to convince your family that you should all spend Easter enjoying LA festivals. Easter Fest is chock full of activities including face painting, crafts and Easter egg hunts for the kids, and entertainment for you and the other grown-ups. All the fun happens at Grand Hope Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

6. Cowboy Festival

Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita celebrates its rich Western history with the Cowboy Festival. From April 19 to 23, there tons of events, food, music and tours to experience, so start dusting off your boots and spurs now. The base admission price is at $10 for a single day, but there are actually many different ticket levels so make sure to check those out.

7. Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

Not many LA festivals have been going as strong as the Cherry Blossom Festival. For 20 years, Los Angelenos have been immersing themselves in Japanese art and culture through food, crafts, music, dance and martial arts performances. Admission is free, and everything will be held at the City of Monterey Park from April 22 to 23.

8. Poppy Festival

Poppy Festival

Just in case you haven’t heard – California’s state flower is the poppy. And, to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful poppies, the City of Lancaster fills 55 acres of Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park with food, exhibits and entertainment. Poppy Festival tickets are only $10, and the celebration happens rain or shine on April 22 and 23.

9. Brentwood Art Festival

Brentwood Art Festival

There are few LA festivals that allow you to get in touch with your inner art collector. Brentwood Art Festival occurs just a few miles west of WREN’s DTLA apartments and showcases more than 120 renowned artists. On April 30, between Barrington and Bundy, San Vicente Boulevard will be lined with one-of-a-kind art pieces and food trucks.

At WREN, we understand what makes Los Angeles great, and we’ve designed apartments with those ideals in mind. We know that downtown renters live an active, faced-paced life, and they want a community that not only gives them easy access to LA’s eclectic urban culture, but also warm and welcoming spaces to retreat to. WREN Apartments promotes this kind of balance. Our South Park location as well as our floor plans, and social spaces and amenities give residents a perfect blend of vitality and comfort.

Does this sound like a lifestyle you want to lead? Schedule a tour of WREN today!