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Here Are the Best Places for a Staycation around L.A.

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Updated: 20 April 2018
If L.A. is your home, it’s time to think like a tourist for a weekend.

Everyone needs to unplug, unwind, and get away from time to time. But sometimes, little things like work and money and time can get in the way of making a dream vacation a reality. Luckily for Angelenos, L.A. is a world-class vacation spot—if locals open their minds to staying in the city for their R&R. Here are some of the best staycations in the Los Angeles area.

Manhattan Beach

Angelenos in search of a relaxing, beachy getaway only need to drive a little south, to Manhattan Beach, to feel like they’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of L.A.

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The South Bay is a haven for craft beer lovers and foodies (especially those with an affinity for fresh-caught seafood). The Rock’N Fish Restaurant on Manhattan Beach Blvd. is a perfect combination of the two. For people with a little extra cash to spend on their stay-cay, the Shade Hotel deserves to be at the top of any accommodation list. Rooms range from $329-$1,999 and the hotel has a quirky-chic, yacht-inspired theme that will make the vacation one to remember.

El Capitan Canyon

For people who want to get out of the city without giving up the luxuries of the city, it doesn’t get better than glamping (glam camping). Luckily for Angelenos, L.A. is close to number of amazing glamping getaways. One of the most gorgeous is El Capitan Canyon.

El Capitan Canyon’s safari tents combine traditional camping with city-dweller luxury. Each tent is furnished with either a queen bed or two double beds, as well as bed linens and towels, furnished with bedside tables, chairs, a small desk, storage trunk, and coat hooks. And yes, there’s even electricity. While the tents don’t have bathrooms inside, there are modern, clean, private bathroom and shower facilities for safari tent campers located nearby.

The Hicksville Trailer Palace

Anyone longing to go glamping, but who lacks the budget to put emphasis on the “glam,” should consider Joshua Tree’s Hicksville. The Joshua Tree-based mini-trailer park seems like it was invented for Instagram.

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The park is home to nine trailers, which range in price from $85-$265, and each have their own themes (including a pioneer-themed trailer that Westworld fans will love, and a trippy Pee-wee Herman-themed trailer). Most of the trailers don’t have their own kitchens or bathrooms (thus the lack of “glam”), but there is a clubhouse with toilets and showers. Guests need to bring their own supplies for cooking out and can enjoy a range of activities like putt-putt golf, archery, and a soaking pool.

Big Bear

When Los Angeles residents wants to get away without really getting that far away, Big Bear lake is a very popular option.

The lake is gorgeous year-round, with different activities to try depending on the season. During the summer, guests kayak, hike, and ride horses. During the colder months, Big Bear transforms into a ski resort, perfect for transplants who miss the snow.

Catalina Island

Nothing makes a trip seem further than it is like having to take a boat to get there, right? L.A. residents can get away in a big way (without actually leaving the L.A.-area) with a trip offshore to Catalina Island.

The island has something for everyone—golf, boating tours, and ziplining for the sporty and outdoorsy type, as well as a spa, and thriving dining and nightlife scene for the decidedly indoor type.