Weekend Trip Ideas from Los Angeles

By Marta Gintowt

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Los Angeles is a multi-faceted city that is infamous for its hilly neighborhoods, celebrity presence, and, unfortunately, its traffic. As it attracts many people to live because of its agreeable year-round climate and active lifestyle, sometimes it is nice to escape the city limits and indulge in a little well-needed break for the weekend.

The regions outside of Los Angeles boast some of the most tranquil and pristine landscapes in California, from the shores of Santa Barbara to the north to Joshua Tree National Park to the east, these local gems are just waiting to be experienced by the next outdoor explorer, or relished by the hard worker who needs a beautiful place to disconnect. Start planning your next exciting weekend trip, and take a look at these unique glamping ideas that are all located just two hours from Los Angeles!

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1. Unique and Secluded Dome Retreat Surrounded by Mountains in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California, is located just an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles yet seems like it could be part of another world. With an enchanting desert climate and absolutely stunning scenery, there is a reason why those from the city make this one of their go-to weekend getaway spots. This amazingly decorated dome in the middle of the mountains of Palm Springs boasts incredible views, luxurious amenities, and impeccable access to nature.

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2. Log Cabin Getaway near Los Angeles in the San Emigdio Mountains

Escaping hectic city life for the weekend has never been easier with this conveniently located log cabin situated in the San Emigdio Mountains. Just under two hours outside of Los Angeles, glampers can arrive at true peace and tranquility before the sun sets on a Friday afternoon. With a unique interior with rustic decor and high-end amenities, guests will feel like they are in the lap of luxury while they indulge in a relaxing and secluded weekend glamping trip.

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3. Luxurious Vacation Rental in the Mountains near Irvine, California

For those who are looking to spend their weekend escape in genuine elegance can head south to this exquisite villa in Temecula, California, which boasts an infinity pool, as well as a stainless steel barbecue. With incredible panoramic views of the encompassing hills, guests will be able to enjoy the pool and surrounding vistas in undisturbed privacy while they unwind during their weekend. Situated just an hour and a half away from Los Angeles, glampers will feel recharged and refreshed when starting their Monday.

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4. Idyllic Dome-Shaped Tree House Nestled in Woods near Malibu, California

Just a short ride up the coast, depending on the traffic, of course, lies the picturesque town of Malibu, which is home to pristine coastline and an even more serene environment. This dome-shaped tree house is superb for glampers who want a quiet escape without the hassle of traveling far. With romantic furnishings and tranquil wooded surroundings, guests will feel like they are a world away for the weekend while being just outside of Los Angeles!

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5. Luxury Desert Cabin with Exquisite Views near Joshua Tree National Park, California

In just a little over two hours from Los Angeles, glampers can arrive at the legendary Joshua Tree National Park -- a place that draws in visitors from all over the world due to its absolutely breathtaking scenery. Those who love hiking and horseback riding while exploring the outdoors will relish in their weekend trip to Joshua Tree and will return from their trip with plenty of stories and memories that will last a lifetime. Make your stay even more perfect by choosing to spend the night in this luxury cabin rental which boasts fantastic views, an outdoor fire pit, and great access to the park.

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6. Charming Glamping Yurt Rental with Beach and Trail Access near Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is infamous for the mountains that meet the sea, amazing surfing waves, and its cozy, small-town feel. Located just an hour and 30 minutes north by car form Los Angeles, those who want spend their weekend relaxing in Santa Barbara can do so with ease. This unique yurt allows glampers to relax and recharge while giving immediate access to local beaches and hiking trails, so guests do not have to venture far to connect with the surrounding nature.

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7. Magnificent Two-Bedroom A-Frame Cabin Rental near Palm Springs

For those looking for a rustic yet comfortable idea for a weekend trip need to look no further than this traditional A-frame cabin in the tranquil town of Idyllwild, California. Located near Palm Springs, this cabin is can be found in a forested grove and is secluded enough where guests can recharge in total luxury. With highlights like a private hot tub, a fully equipped kitchen, and a spacious back deck, guests will want to extend their weekend getaway forever!

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8. Lovely Safari Cabin Tent Near Warner Springs, California

For an authentic glamping experience just two hours south of Los Angeles near Warner Springs, guests can head to this unbelievable safari tent, which marries luxury and camping and takes it to a new level. With a queen-size bed, a full bathroom including a stately soaking tub, and a private bubbling hot tub, guests will be able to experience one of the most romantic and unforgettable weekends of their life.


With these amazing accommodations all within a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, we at Glamping Hub hope that every outdoor explorer can find what they are looking for during their next weekend trip away from the city and in the amazing California wilderness.