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Summer Staycation: 10 Best Ways to Vacation Without Leaving LA

July 17, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin

When you live in sunny Los Angeles, few vacation destinations rival its pristine beaches, mountains for miles, and world-class dining, shopping and nightlife options. So without the hassle and cost of getting on a plane you can have the trip of a lifetime without ever leaving home. Check out some tips below for the ten best things to do on your ultimate LA staycation:

SLS Beverly Hills

Tell all your friends you went away for the weekend then hunker down at SLS Beverly Hills and spend 48 hours relaxing, dining and spa-ing to your heart’s content.

Ojai Rancho Inn

Southern California’s hottest known secret these days is Ojai. This small town’s farmer’s markets, galleries and great local country vibe may make you question city-living altogether.

Culver City Gallery Hopping

Los Angeles is one of the best cities to see art in the US. Spend your Saturday gallery hopping at standouts like Mark Moore and Blum + Poe, and then make your way over to Mandrake bar for happy hour and rub elbows with local artists.

Cleo Hollywood

With family style plates to share, you can build an entire day around feasting on Chef Danny Elmaleh’s award-winning Mediterranean fare.

Joshua Tree

Where the Mojave and the Colorado Deserts meet is where the magic of Joshua Tree begins. Spend the day exploring wildlife like cacti and turtles, then spend the evening staring the beautiful night sky with more stars than you ever knew existed.

Venice Canals

Outside of Italy, Venice Beach has the most stunning canals to wander through, built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney. Set in a quiet residential area just off Venice Beach’s main drag, you can wander for hours around the little side streets and bridges here.

DTLA Shopping

Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming a mecca for boutique shopping. Start at Poketo on East 3rd and walk your way around the neighborhood.

Surfing Malibu

Malibu’s stunning coastline is arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. That, plus what many describe as the beaches “perfect waves” make for excellent times for anyone interested in anything surf-related including stand up paddle boarding and kite-surfing.

L.A. Live

This massive entertainment district includes a bowling alley, the Grammy Museum, night clubs and music venues. There’s also the epic STAPLES Center where you can catch everything from a Lakers game to a Prince concert, which can also be seen in style from the sophisticated Hyde Lounge.

Griffith Park and Observatory

One of the best places to be in nature in Los Angeles is the incredible Griffith Park with 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, plus waterfall and lagoon swimming. Spend anywhere from two hours to a full half day taking in the views, visiting the planetarium and taking advantage of the many photo opps here.