Winter is here! We are very fortunate in Southern California to have amazing weather throughout most of the year. While we don’t necessarily need to prepare for much snow here, we can certainly travel to it or choose a scenic drive up the coast. From a weekend getaway to full vacations, there are so many destinations near us offering the perfect opportunity for a winter road trip that is just a drive away. We’ve created a list of the best destinations for a California winter cruise to remember – and they’re all just a few hours away.

Many of our winter days in California mimic a cool spring anywhere else, so it’s usually nice enough to cruise around in a convertible. What could be better than having the top down, wind in your hair, sun on your face, leaving thoughts of a frigid winter in the rearview. You won’t miss a second of the scenery in the open air, because it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. All you have to do now is pick out your favorite car. Exotic Italian convertible or a Luxury SUV? Long-range hybrid or American Muscle? Create your own winter adventure.

Approximate distance from LA

Laguna Beach – 1.5 Hours
Big Bear Mountain – 2 Hours
Santa Barbara – 2.5 Hours
San Diego – 2.5 Hours
Joshua Tree – 3 Hours
Palm Springs – 3 Hours
San Francisco – 6 Hours
Monterey via Big Sur – 7 Hours
San Francisco, Coastal Route via Big Sur – 9 Hours (and worth it)