Los Angeles is a great place, but everyone has days when the traffic is too much and all the sprawl begins to feel oppressive. When that happens, we recommend packing up the car—or hopping on the train—and heading to some of these small towns within a few hours of the city.
From quaint beachside communities to artist retreats to truly off-the-grid communities, Southern California is filled with all kinds of towns to explore on a long weekend or a strategically planned sick day. Below are more than a dozen options for when you feel like leaving city life behind for a while.
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