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The Top 3 Mountain Escapes Close to Los Angeles

If you want to see a different side of Southern California, you can’t beat the nearby mountain escapes you’ll find. Some great mountains near LA are waiting for you to explore.


If you’re a born and bred Californian or if you’ve recently moved to Los Angeles, everyone needs a break from the city once in a while. Thankfully, a short drive outside of the city can get you into what will feel like a whole new world. That’s what makes the mountains near LA so worth visiting, as they provide a very different environment and some incredible activities just a short distance from Los Angeles. You wouldn’t believe that you’re less than two hours from home when you’re skiing and snowboarding in these towns.

If you want to break away from the hectic LA lifestyle, here are some of the best mountain escapes that California has to offer.

Wrightwood: a Short Drive Away but a World of Difference

This mountain escape is perhaps the best-kept secret in Southern California, a mere hour and a half away from Los Angeles. With scenic views, excellent skiing options, and a very relaxed village, Wrightwood is great for families and groups. If you’re looking for a fabulous destination with one-of-a-kind experiences, Wrightwood is excellent.

There are cozy places to stay, excellent mountains, and it’s all near enough to LA that you can get there and back quickly. It’s certainly worth the drive to enjoy this unique town. If you’d like to learn more about Wrightwood, contact us and we would be happy to provide more information and recommendations on the best Wrightwood has to offer.

Serene and Scenic, Lake Arrowhead is Great for Vacations

An exclusive locale with many gated vacation homes, Lake Arrowhead might secretly be the Hamptons of LA. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from this incredible area. With great hiking opportunities and camping destinations like nowhere else in the world, this is definitely a place to explore. Kids can enjoy the nearby nature sanctuary while parents can enjoy the town’s spas.

The Beauty of Idyllwild California’s Mountain Escape

While it is the furthest of these three, Idyllwild’s mountains are near LA enough to make it a worthwhile excursion. Nature centers, state parks, historical societies, art galleries, and more pop up in Idyllwild. Unlike other touristy destinations near Los Angeles, Idyllwild’s mountains feel close to the action without being overrun. There’s great food and excellent opportunities to explore in this one-of-a-kind town that feels pulled from a picture book.

Where to Stay

To make the most of your trip out of town, you’ll probably need a place to stay. If you’re coming to Wrightwood, be sure to book one of our excellent suites. Check out our rooms for more information.

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