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The 14 Best Weekend Trips from Southern California

Sometimes we are limited to traveling for just a few days because of work schedules or budgets! Southern California is where we call home because of the beautiful weather, great food, and proximity to fun places to go.

Check out this list of the best weekend trips from Orange County in Southern California. Everything is within an 8-hour drive from Irvine, California. Click each city name below to find ideas on what to do there!

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  • OC to Las Vegas– 4-hour drive or 1-hour flight.
  • OC to South Lake Tahoe– 8-hour drive or 2.5-hour flight.
  • OC to Reno– 8.5-hour drive or 2.5-hour flight.


  • OC to Phoenix– 5.5-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight. Check out 100 things to do in Arizona here.
  • OC to the Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) – 7.5-hour drive or 1-hour flight to Flagstaff.
Rosarito Beach, PC: Flickr – Stephen Coles


Any Other Suggestions?

Do you have any favorite road-trip spots from SoCal? Tell us in the comments below!

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