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Summer Getaways That Don't Involve the Beach

Summer Getaways That Don't Involve the Beach

While splashing around all day is a reasonable activity for a summer getaway, we’re spicing things up and heading inland this year.


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June 13, 2021

Tucked away in a valley north of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara, Ojai is the ideal antidote to busy city life.

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there’s plenty of hiking and sightseeing without having to go too far in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
All roads lead to S.F. The City by the Bay is best spent on a summer vacation with your friends who just want to have fun!
Welcome to Palm Springs, an oasis of pool parties and mid-century modern architecture in the middle of the desert.

Palm Springs

We’re going to say this upfront—who cares about going on the best summer lake vacation with your boo when a desert resort city is literally right there? Travel 100 miles from Los Angeles to find year-round sunshine, gorgeous resorts, mineral hot spring spas, and renowned golf courses in the radiant Palm Springs.

For the quintessential Palm Springs experience, pay a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum and soar through the skies with the help of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Keep yourselves busy and join the Palm Springs Historical Society’s walking tour to learn about the town’s history and marvel at fine examples of mid-century modern buildings. And, when shop o’clock hits, El Paseo Shopping District and  Desert Hills Premium Outlets offer the best deals on designer goods.

Top off your best summer getaway yet with a stay at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. This indoor oasis is the perfect way to conclude your Palm Springs adventure.

With a Victorian-styled Old Town and plenty of natural beauty, Eureka is the best place to explore California's north coast.


A getaway to Eureka is nothing short of breathtaking, especially with your partner by your side. While this quaint harbor town is a fisherman’s paradise, we’re cutting back on hitting the waters and instead, we’re discovering the hidden gems Eureka has to offer. As you meander through the streets of this town, you’ll literally be transported back in time. Victorian mansions and upscale townhouses decorate Eureka in buttercup yellow, pistachio, and magenta. 

One of these iconic places is the Carson Mansion, which is considered arguably the highest execution of American Queen Anne-style architecture. Many claim this mansion is the grandest Victorian home in the U.S., which is why checking it out should be on the top of your summer getaway itinerary.

Once you’re done admiring local architecture, go for a drive on the Redwood Highway, where the sheer amount of scenic overlooks will put you in a daze. Follow the route to reach the stunning Sequoia Park Garden to enjoy a romantic picnic in rustic paradise. If you two are hiking enthusiasts, you’ll love exploring the winding trails that guide you to towering redwoods, meadows, creeks, and even a quaint little duck pond.

Conclude your romantic summer getaway with an overnight stay at the Carter House Inns, where Victorian opulence meets modern amenities. Picture fancy four-poster beds, modern art, and relaxing hot tubs all in your room—this is what we’re talking about. 

The Top Summer Getaways for Families 

A trip to L.A.’s Griffith Park and one ride around the merry-go-round inspired Walt Disney to create the iconic theme park.


Name a better place to bond as a family than the “Happiest Place on Earth”—we’ll wait. Honestly, does it really get better than Disneyland? Running around the parks, hopping on the fun rides, and donning those mouse ears really hit the mark; this is the top summer getaway we’ve been waiting for. 

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a thrilling adventure you’ll love to go on. The Haunted Mansion will give you the adrenaline rush you so badly need. Standing in lines will also give your dad plenty of time to practice his latest jokes. Whichever ride you choose to go on, don’t forget to take a picture in front of the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle—that’s a holiday postcard waiting to happen.

While Disneyland is not the tropical summer getaway you have in mind, we’re willing to argue that theme park attractions might just beat sunbathing at the beach all day.  If you want to extend your vacation, there’s plenty of things you can do in Anaheim after going to Disneyland. But until then, the magic kingdom awaits. 

What’s your idea of a summer getaway without going to the beach? Let us know in the comments. 

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