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Best Road Trips from Los Angeles

road trip #1

Joshua Tree National Park

This national park , and is named for its most famous flora: the Yucca brevifolia tree of Dr. Seuss-like proportions.

Getting There

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Distance from Los Angeles: 131 miles

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Drive time without stops (or traffic): 2 hours, 10 mins

road trip #2

Death Valley National Park

An even more intense desert experience. There's plenty to see, with canyons, waterfalls, or otherworldly sand dunes.

Getting There

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Distance from Los Angeles: 214 miles

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Drive time without stops (or traffic): 3 hours, 30 mins

road trip #3

San Diego

Catch a different kind of vibe with San Diego's laid-back atmosphere plus tons of cultural and outdoorsy attractions

Getting There

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Distance from Los Angeles: 129 miles

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Drive time without stops (or traffic): 2 hours

road trip #4

Santa Barbara

For a chic weekend getaway, take a drive up the coast to Santa Barbara, a pleasant haven of beaches, vineyards, and historic architecture.

Getting There

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Distance from Los Angeles: 95 miles

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Drive time without stops (or traffic): 1 hour, 50 mins

road trip #5

Palm Springs

This city oasis in the desert is ideal for a relaxing weekend road trip to find mid-century architecture and much, much more.

Getting There

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Distance from Los Angeles: 107 miles

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Drive time without stops (or traffic): 1 hour, 45 mins