What is it about forests that make us feel interconnected? The minute you step into the deep forest there’s a thick kinetic energy bouncing off every organism from plant to insect to animal, and suddenly you’re a part of it; a strong living force kept contained in the confines of canopy and trunk.
If anything is true about California, it’s that the decades old promise of laid back, easy living in the sun, sand, and surf is alive and well. And of the vitally important things it will teach you, the first is how to slow down, and chill out.
City life can be a drag sometimes. Luckily, escaping the grind and smog of Los Angeles in favor of wide open spaces, breezy beach towns, and beautiful landscapes is easy.
Here are five of our favorite weekend escapes that are all within about 2 hours of LA. Pack up your beach bag, camp gear, or rent an airbnb for two nights at any of these close locales to relax and explore for the weekend, and return to the city feeling refreshed and energized.