Weekend stays, small towns nearby, places you can drive to or take a train for a few hours, and escape the noise from your city.
What are the best day trips from your city?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Monday at 2:11 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/12/2018|
The Hudson Valley
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/12/2018|
The Laurel Highlands
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/12/2018|
Melk and the Wachau. Take the train out, and a boat back.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/12/2018|
It’s sort of a tourist trap, but I do enjoy Catalina Island once a year. Especially if you get out of the main strip in Avalon when the cruise ships dock and it gets overrun.
Julian is nice in fall. Ojai not during summer is nice for riding your bike or hiking in the nearby Los Padres National Forest.
South of the border, the wine country in Baja California is very nice. Some good wines and excellent food.
The further north along PCH 1 is beautiful as you approach Big Sur, although that’s not really much of a day trip from LA anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/12/2018|
Charlottesville for sophisticated, small town charm. Home of the University of Virginia, lots of independent bookstores, and nearby wineries to tour.
For a taste of the big city, Washington DC. Museums galore, great restaurants and hotels and for this rube, people watching.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/12/2018|
I live in the Hudson Valley in a charming hamlet so I do a reverse day trip to the city now and then.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/12/2018|
If you’re a fan of the desert, the Kelso dunes in the Mojave are worth a trip to see scenery that looks straight out of the Sahara.
If you ask most Angelenos, millions will tell you San Diego. Although personally, I don’t really “get” SD. I don’t dislike it, it just feels like a smaller, cleaner LA, or more and more, like a continuation of the Orange County suburbs.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/12/2018|
Ithaca New York and the Finger Lakes Region, Amish Country, the Catskills and some of the smaller towns on the Jersey Shore
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/12/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/12/2018|
Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/12/2018|
San Jose, but I never get there
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/12/2018|
The Michigan coast.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/12/2018|
R8 take a hike in Torrey Pines down to the Del Mar beach - incredibly lovely. One of the most beautiful hikes in California. The only equivalent to this in the US is the Na Pali coast in Kauai.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/12/2018|
R14, that looks beautiful. I am a major fan of Black’s Beach, so maybe I need to take a weekend and explore more of the SD that I’m unfamiliar with.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/12/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/12/2018|
I live on the Jersey shore and the best day trips are to NYC and New Hope PA.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/12/2018|
The Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Olympic Peninsula, Bend, Oregon, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, my. Rainier, Leavenworth, WA.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/12/2018|
Actually, this place is beautiful
|by Anonymous||reply 19||Last Saturday at 4:04 AM|
I will say that one of the things I don't like about living in DC is the day trip options kind of suck. If you are into places like Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Annapolis that's fine but to me they're all boring.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||Last Saturday at 5:19 AM|
Lancaster County, Hershey, Gettysburg, Baltimore, NYC, DC.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||Last Saturday at 5:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 22||Last Saturday at 6:05 AM|
Philly has no good day trips. New Hope and Lancaster have both been turned into exurbia. Jersey Shore and Rehoboth are ugly. The Poconos are filled with run down deplorable towns.
I envy DC - I would like to have Charlottesville or the Eastern Shore of MD as day trip/weekend spots.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||Last Saturday at 7:06 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 24||Last Saturday at 7:08 AM|
Why jet to Europe, when you have nearby Helen, Ga ?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||Last Saturday at 9:13 AM|
I think SoCal has the most options of any place in the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||Last Saturday at 9:19 AM|
I live near Asheville, NC. Why would I want to go anywhere else?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||Last Saturday at 9:30 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||Last Saturday at 9:55 AM|
Boston is day trip nirvana
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last Saturday at 2:18 PM|
Agree Boston and LA are the best cities for day trips. Also San Francisco.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||Last Saturday at 3:38 PM|
Tucson, Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott, Jerome
|by Anonymous||reply 31||Last Saturday at 5:28 PM|
Train trip to la posada. Though more a weekend trip.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||Last Saturday at 5:40 PM|
To add a few more suggestions:
The Angeles Forest and San Gabriel mountains are underrated day trips for Angelenos. Drive up the Angeles Crest Highway or Highway 39, up beyond the front country mountains, and you have entire pristine chaparral and mountains that make you forget you’re only an hour away from 15 million other people. The first come, first serve, unreservable Buckhorn campground is the nicest one in the entire area.
Antelope Valley Poppy reserve is cool to check out entire meadow of poppies when they are in full bloom.
Big Bear, Green Valley Lake, and Crestline are nice for renting a cabin up in the San Bernardino mountains.
Palm Springs makes for a fun weekend if you rent an AirBnB or VRBO in the movie colony with friends and spend your time having poolside drinks and enjoying the weather and slow vibe. Take the aerial tramway up to Mt. San Jacinto for cooler temperatures.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||Last Sunday at 9:26 PM|
Willamette Valley Wine Country
|by Anonymous||reply 34||Last Sunday at 10:14 PM|
I live on the Kitsap peninsula, so it's a short drive to the Hood Canal Bridge and the Olympic Peninsula. Take your pick of Lake Crescent (and the Lodge), the ocean beaches (I'm partial to Kalaloch but Ruby Beach has the sea stacks), the rainforest, some picturesque lighthouses and the broad sandy beaches at Westport. You can see whales and pods of orca from,pretty much any point on the ocean coast. There's also Forks to the north and Aberdeen to the south if you're into morbid artistic pilgrimages (Twilight, Cobain).
Or you can take a ferry to one of islands like Whidbey or Or as--both have plenty of charming towns, inns, etc., if you prefer that to camping, hiking and fishing.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||Last Monday at 10:55 AM|
I have no idea what any of R35 ‘s proper nouns represent - lol
|by Anonymous||reply 36||Last Monday at 11:38 AM|
Sorry, R36, I just assumed references to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic Mountains, orca whales, Twilight and Kurt Cobain would have pretty firmly established the location, but for the less swift there's
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Monday at 2:11 PM|