The time for a white Christmas may be passed, but it’s not too late to make a trip to our very own winter wonderland here in SoCal. If your New Year’s resolution involves adventure, there’s no better place to enjoy a quick vacation than among the snow-capped slopes of California’s mountains. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder or queen/king of the cabin, there’s still plenty of time to get out and see some snow before it’s gone for good this year. And the best part? There are at least five picture-perfect winter destinations all within driving distance of downtown LA.  Depending on weather and road conditions here are some estimate driving times to these picturesque destinations.

  1. Mountain High Ski Resort (1.5 to 2 hours)
  2. Big Bear Lake (2 to 2.5 hours)
  3. Lake Arrowhead (1.5 to 2 hours)
  4. Mammoth Lakes (5 to 5.5 hours)
  5. Mount San Jacinto State Park (via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway) (2 to 2.5 hours)
  6. San Gabriel Mountains (1.5 hours)

If you’re planning a road-trip this season, let us help you get there safely and in style. Midway Car Rental offers a wide variety of SUVs with four-wheel drive to make sure you’re set for trip up the mountains. Our top picks are the Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, and we’re happy to walk you through all the options we have to keep you cozy along the way.  Most SUV’s offer different drive modes, heated seats, folding seats for cargo, and some have passenger entertainment systems. If you’re worried about having enough room for eight people, all their gear, essential road-trip snacks and the city’s best cup of joe (our vote is Alfred on Melrose), trust us when we say our Chevrolet Suburban is the perfect rental for you.  Remember to check weather conditions to be sure you won’t experience any delays on your snowy way to making memories to last a lifetime.

No matter where your winter journey takes you, take a Midway Car Rental along for the ride for peace of mind from your reservation to some R&R to your rental return.