Itching to go on a vacation but don’t have the time to spend a whole week away from work? Don’t worry, some of the cities on the West Coast make perfect destinations for weekend getaways. Whether you want to spend the weekend outdoors, visiting museums or at the beach, there is a perfect destination for your mini vacation.
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If you’re ready for a weekend of amazing food and excitement, then Los Angeles is the perfect city for your mini vacation. L.A’s many neighborhoods all have very different histories and culture, so it might be hard for you to decide what you want to do on your weekend getaway. To help you make the most out of L.A., we have listed a few suggestions below.
Start off your weekend by unwinding in the city’s beach neighborhood, Santa Monica. Check out downtown and enjoy the variety of shopping and food spots at the Third Street promenade. Walk along the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier and explore its amusement park, Pacific Park, to take a ride on its iconic solar powered Ferris wheel.
Little Tokyo is the ultimate destination for some of the best traditional Japanese restaurants and shops in Los Angeles. Check out the Japanese American National Museum to explore the history and culture of Americans of Japanese ancestry through art exhibits and personal stories.
The Getty Villa
Famous for its architecture and views, the Getty Villa in Malibu is one of the most visited museums in the United States. Modeled after a 1st century Italian villa, the former residence of millionaire J. Paul Getty is dedicated to the study of arts and cultures in ancient Greece and Rome. The museum has a collection of over 1,400 artefacts dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD and offers an audio guide to its visitors.
San Diego is called “America’s finest city” for a reason. With its all-year-round perfect weather, wonderful food and some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, San Diego is a great destination for an outdoor getaway. Check out our suggestions below and enjoy your weekend in San Diego.
Home to 1200 acres of gardens, 17 museums and some amazing architecture, Balboa Park is where the city’s culture and nature collide. The park is home to one of the most famous zoos in the country that is not only the largest zoo in the US, but also houses the largest number of rare and endangered animals including tigers, lemurs and African rhinos.
With its soft white sand and calm water, La Jolla is the perfect place to go for a day in the sun. Locals and tourists alike head to the beach to try out water sports like scuba diving or snorkeling. Take a surf lesson or go kayaking and spot some of the seals and dolphins that live in the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve.
Just across the bay from Downtown San Diego, Coronado’s beaches and peaceful atmosphere make it a popular spot for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers alike. No trip to Coronado is complete without a visit to the iconic beach front Hotel Del Coronado, famous for its architecture and celebrity guests.
Home to the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and the gorgeous bay, San Francisco is a culturally vibrant city with something to do on every corner. No matter if you want to spend a weekend of shopping, museum visits, street food or hiking, the “City by the Bay” has everything you could ever want on a getaway. Check out our suggestions to make sure you get the most from your vacation.
Golden Gate Park
With its green lawns, lakes and numerous museums, the Golden Gate Park is a must-see destination during your weekend getaway. The best way to explore everything the park has to offer is by renting a bike on the east side or by joining a Segway tour. And don’t forget to check out the de Young Museum, San Francisco’s oldest museum, which showcases an extraordinary permanent collection of American and International art, photograph and sculptures.
San Francisco is home to the oldest and largest Chinatown in the US. Explore the authentic display of markets and specialty shops and join a walking tour to uncover off the beaten path restaurants and other neighborhood secrets. Make sure to stop at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the only building in Chinatown that survived the 1906 earthquake.
Take a tour at Alcatraz
Jump onboard the ferry and visit America’s most famous prison, Alcatraz. Enjoy a self-guided tour narrated by past prisoners and learn about life in the prison, its notorious inmates and the infamous escape attempts. Don’t forget to take some photos of the remarkable view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay during the ferry trip!
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