(Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club)

(Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club)

Looking for a close-to-home spring break getaway? You’re in luck. Just outside Los Angeles, all just a day trip away, lies a unique variety of spring break vacation destinations perfect for every type of traveler. From desert escapes in the sun, to secluded beach front vacations, cultural hubs, and fresh mountain air, here are your best local spring break getaways to enjoy from Los Angeles.
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Palm Springs
(Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club)

(Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club)

La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 564-4111
110 miles from Los Angeles

The most likely SoCal destination to guarantee warm weather, an escape to the Palm Springs area offers a bit of something for everyone. Waterparks like Wet N Wild, pools, golf courses, and shopping will keep you entertained during the heat of the day, and a vivacious dining and bar scene give you plenty to do each night. Don’t miss The Living Desert zoo or a ride up the Palm Springs tramway. Looking for the ultimate spring break accommodations splurge? Consider staying at the remodeled and uber luxe La Quinta Resort & Club, a favorite among celebrities.

Big Bear
(Credit: Northwoods Resort & Conference Center)

(Credit: Northwoods Resort & Conference Center)

Northwoods Resort & Conference Center
40650 Village Dr.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-3121
96 miles from Los Angeles

Depending on the actual dates of your spring break, winter might still be visiting Big Bear during your spring vacation. Take advantage of the skiing and snowboarding possibilities, or just take up a spot on the lake to cozy up with a nice warm fire. If you aren’t hitting the slopes, be sure to stroll through the quaint downtown Big Bear with plenty of cute shops, breakfast spots, and nighttime bars.

(Credit: Embassy Suites)

(Credit: Embassy Suites)

Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay Beach Hotel & Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93035
(805) 984-2500
61 miles from Los Angeles

Although LA boasts a great assortment of beaches to enjoy, head north to Oxnard for a getaway from the crowds in Ventura County. The stretch of sand in front of the Embassy Suites, who also provide a stellar complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast for your late night recovery, is second to none in the area, with miles of unspoiled beaches on each side. Channel Islands National Park is just a short boat ride away from it all, with plentiful hiking trails and natural wonder to explore.

Catalina Island
(Credit: Hotel Metropole)

(Credit: Hotel Metropole)

Hotel Metropole
205 Crescent Ave.
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1884
51 miles from Los Angeles

Just an hour from Los Angeles by boat, Catalina Island features world-class adventure (treks to wild bison, ziplining, hiking and scuba diving, anyone?), five-star dining, golf, and a world-renowned public beach boasting a delicious buffalo milk cocktail. Getting to Catalina is simple onboard the Catalina Express from Long Beach; guests ride free on their birthday!

San Diego
(Credit: Loews Coronado Bay Resort)

(Credit: Loews Coronado Bay Resort)

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Rd.
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 424-4000
120 miles from Los Angeles

San Diego has no shortage of spring break fun. From family getaways to SeaWorld and the world-famous San Diego Zoo, to a bustling downtown nightlife, diverse beaches, and numerous cultural attractions, San Diego knows how to do spring vacations. Don’t miss a ball game at Petco Park downtown or a stroll through the newly built Central Library nearby. On Coronado Island, a stay at Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers you plenty of beach rentals, sailing rentals and lessons, a poolside bar, and fine dining options all onsite.

(Credit: Visit Temecula Valley)

(Credit: Visit Temecula Valley)

South Coast Wintery & Spa
34843 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 587-9463
84 miles from Los Angeles

You don’t need to visit Northern California for a wine country escape. The Temecula Valley is home to dozens of large and small vineyards, most offering tastings and tours, as well as a vibrant artisan dining scene. Push yourself for an early morning wakeup time to enjoy a hot air balloon over the rolling, green hills of the valley. Old Town Temecula is home to numerous antique stores, a kids museum, and great dining as well while the nearby Pechanga Casino that can add an exciting thrill to your getaway.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.