Whether you're visiting for a couple of days or a week, it's easy to escape the city for an afternoon. Expand your horizons on one of these family-friendly day trips:
Just 30 minutes northeast of LA, Altadena isn't far, but it seems like a world away from the city. Here you can hike the adjacent San Gabriel Mountains, dine on some old-fashioned comfort food, and catch a free outdoor concert on Saturday nights throughout the summer.
When you're in Los Angeles, treating the kids to a trip to Disneyland couldn't be easier. Just drive 45 minutes southeast to Anaheim, where you'll find countless rides and characters at Disneyland Resort and plenty of shopping in the Downtown Disney District. Nearby, grab a bite to eat in the outdoor Anaheim GardenWalk.
For one of the most popular and picturesque stretches of sand in the LA area, set your sights on Laguna Beach, which is just an hour south of the city. Here you'll find plenty of spots to go for a swim, see wildlife, or enjoy a healthy meal. To get out of the sun for a while, visit the Laguna Art Museum or go shopping at Laguna Village.
Peek into the past in San Juan Capistrano, which is 90 minutes south of LA. Don't miss Mission San Juan Capistrano, where you can learn about the area's Spanish history, and tour Los Rios Historic District, home to numerous historic houses and museums. Little kids will love the Zoomars petting zoo, and everyone will enjoy the diverse culinary options in this quaint town.