Weekend escapes for Southern Californians

Forty-eight hours of fun? You've got it. Here are weekend escapes that offer rest for the weary and restoration for the body and soul. Map

  • Weekend Escape: In Utah's Cedar City, canyons and Shakespeare a dramatic force

    Weekend Escape: In Utah's Cedar City, canyons and Shakespeare a dramatic force

    Cedar City, Utah, is a midsummer's dream of a spot, where top-caliber theater rubs shoulders with high-desert canyons from warm late June through chilly mid-October. My husband, mother and I recently visited the early Mormon settlement, a 6 1/2 -hour drive from Orange County highlighted by stunning...

  • Weekend Escape: In Cornell, rediscover Southern California's Old West

    The clock spins backward by decades in this tiny canyon town just 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Savor the Santa Monica Mountains, stay in a train car, grab an oakwood-grilled steak.

  • Weekend Escape: Royal Peacock Mine, Nev.

    How cool would it be to escape for a few days for free, without being hustled to buy a timeshare? The Wilson family won't promise your trip to their Royal Peacock mine will pay for itself, but it's possible your discovery will more than pay the cost of getting to northwest Nevada, home to one of...

  • Weekend Escape: Imperial Beach buffs up its image

    Imperial Beach, at the southwest corner of the United States and a short hop from Tijuana, is the poor cousin of Southern California beach towns. Dicey areas have detracted from attractive, sandy beaches and good surfing, so the city is trying to burnish its image. My husband and I enjoyed the...

  • Channel Islands National Park: Kayak thrills, foxy neighbors

    The four main islands of Channel Islands National Park are as close as 13 miles off Ventura County's coast, yet neither my husband, Michael, nor I had been there. In May, we decided to check out Santa Cruz, the largest island, for a long weekend of camping, hiking, kayaking and wildlife watching....