You need a little down time but don’t want to go through all kinds of planning and packing agita. You just want to get in the car and GO. We hear you--so how about a less-than-four-hour drive right here in California?

From glammed-up San Diego to stargazing in Death Valley, here are six trips you’ll want to take.


Learn to stand-up paddleboard and stay in a beach bungalow in this sleepy surfer town.

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San Diego

Want a baller weekend? Take a walk on the glitzy side of a city that’s got secret speakeasies, helicopter winery jaunts and an insidery resort-within-a-resort.

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Stay in a groovy renovated ranch and get a lavender body scrub when you visit this newly hipster-anointed destination.

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Dana Point

Sleep in a grand hotel, have cocktails watching the sunset over crashing waves and Instagram your morning walk along this pristine coastline.

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Death Valley

Desert expanses and world-class stargazing are the travel equivalent of a medical marijuana prescription.

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Marina del Rey

A freshly renovated waterside hotel and paddleboard yoga await at our new favorite staycation.

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