Category: Side Trips

  • Catalina Island

    Catalina Island

    Catalina Island 22 minutes by car + 1 hour by ferry to Los Angeles International Airport Catalina Island, which also goes by the name Santa Catalina, or just plain Catalina, is an island off the coast of the state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is about 22 miles south-southwest of Los…

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Mission San Juan Capistrano 58 miles to Los Angeles International Airport Mission San Juan Capistrano was a Spanish mission in colonial California and its ruins are located in  San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, Southern California. Its history is in the form of tales from its previous residents and present visitors. It is a place of historical, cultural, and…

  • Hearst Castle

    Hearst Castle

    Hearst Castle 4 hours to Los Angeles International Airport Hearst Castle is located on the central coast of California. It is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion. It became a California State Park in 1954 and it opened its doors to the public in 1958. It has operated as the Hearst San…

  • Joshua Tree National Park

    Joshua Tree National Park

    Joshua Tree National Park 2 hours from Los Angeles International Airport Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California, is a U.S. National Park. Previously a U.S. National Monument since 1936, this park stretches an area of  790,636 acres, where Joshua trees dominate the vast open spaces. The Mojave Desert has a higher and cooler habitat…

  • Santa Monica State Beach

    Santa Monica State Beach

    Santa Monica State Beach 9 miles to Los Angeles International Airport Stretching north from the Santa Monica Pier to where Will Rogers State Beach starts, the north portion of Santa Monica State Beach includes a wide sandy shore. The beach has many parking lots, volleyball courts and extended bike ways for bikers and skaters to pass the day. The…