The weekend’s rolling around and that means you can road trip with your pals. Nothing’s more fun than piling your belongings into your car and hitting the road with friends. To make the planning easier for you, we’ve gathered all the best road trips from San Diego you need to take in 2020.

So pack some sunscreen, your swimsuit, hiking shoes, and a camera. You’re going to want plenty of pics! 

Catalina Island

Price: 1.5-hour drive to Newport Beach and $74.50 for the Catalina Flyer ferry. You can also take the Catalina Express from Dana Point (closest to SD), Long Beach, and San Pedro.*

Hours: You can find the Catalina Express ferry's schedule here.

Location: Catalina Island, California

Why You Need To Go: This beautiful island is the closest thing you’ll get to the south of France in Californa.


Sequoia National Park

Price: $35 per vehicle

Location: Sequoia National Park, California

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through a forest of 275-foot tall Sequoia trees, hike rugged mountains, and find beautiful waterfalls.


Joshua Tree National Park

Price: $30 entrance fee per vehicle

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Why You Need To Go: This rugged desert is home to massive boulders and otherworldly landscapes. It’s a fun escape from the beaches of southern California if you want to go rock climbing, camping, or hiking.



Price: Free

Location: Solvang, California

Why You Need To Go: This historic Danish village will make you feel like you’re in Europe. There are colorful buildings, a giant windmill, and plenty of adorable shops with handmade souvenirs and delicious authentic pastries.


Lake Arrowhead

Price: Free

Location: Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California

Why You Need To Go: This community has plenty of beautiful hikes, hidden hot and cold springs, and waterfalls to explore. Plus, there's plenty of cute and cozy cabins you can rent. It’s one of the most underrated parts of southern California.



Price: Varies by activity

Location: Temecula, CA

Why You Need To Go: Think of Temecula as San Diego’s Napa Valley. This scenic wine country has rolling hills, gorgeous vineyards, and plenty of places to choose from when you want to dine and sip. The downtown historic town is super cute too.


Salvation Mountain

Price: Free

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA

Why You Need To Go: This 50-foot tall man-made mountain looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss storybook. You can actually walk along and interact with the art, too! Just make sure to stay on the yellow (brick) road.


* This article has been updated.

Editor's note: Many California waterfalls are seasonal. Check weather conditions before you go on the trails to make sure the falls are still flowing and trail conditions are safe.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.