10 Perfect Weekends Outside of L.A.

From Pasadena to Paso Robles, some of our favorite weekend escapes just a drive away from L.A.

Joann Dost
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Sunny Los Angeles will always be an ideal vacation spot for its year-round beach weather, palm-fringed boulevards, inventive restaurants, and cultural offerings, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (and its Renzo Piano–designed Resnick Pavilion), and The Broad, barely a year old. (For more on the Broad, see our full article.) But sometimes even locals need to get away for a weekend escape, which is easy when you have California as your backyard and everything from a laid-back beach getaway to a food-and-wine weekend to a rugged clifftop retreat is all within driving distance of the city.