These days who can afford to get away? If that has been your thinking, think again. Southern California offers some really awesome vacation destinations at a price that won’t break your bank. Good, clean, old fashioned inexpensive fun, you don’t have to empty your savings to have the best 48 hours ever. The best part about Southern California is that the fun it has to offer is free. Whether it is hiking or making your way through city streets, there is no shortage of things to do.

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is a remarkable destination. Eight islands located off of the Southern California coast offers adventures galore. Five of the islands are uninhabited and offer the adventure enthusiasts the experience of exploring unchartered territory. Preserved and untouched by human hands, you can spend the day perusing sea caves or forests, scuba diving or snorkeling. It doesn’t take a dime to see all that nature has to offer.

No five-star hotels to finish your days off, just camping and the enjoyment of sitting out under the stars surrounded by the exotic feel of being unencumbered by the daily grind. There aren’t any touristy crowd or expensive accommodations, and it won’t cost a fortune to have the most spectacular 48 hours of a lifetime.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a desert that is 140 miles outside of Los Angeles. If you have 48 hours to freedom, this national park can offer you some of the most amazing scenic treasures the world has to offer. From hiking to rock climbing, there is no shortage of things to do. Adventure seekers can push themselves to the limits and challenge their sensibilities to make it to the highest peaks possible. There are over 4500 rock climbing routes to choose from, and awe-inspiring views of the Salton Sea.

When you can’t go anymore and just need some sleep, pitch a tent, start a fire, and enjoy the solitude of leaving the real world far behind. It doesn’t take a fortune to be fortunate enough to see sights that will create memories for a lifetime.


Hollywood may seem like a good way to spend time and a whole lot of money, but you don’t have to. In fact, most of the fun of Hollywood is free. Seeing the way that celebrities live, you can walk the tours, see the famous handprints and footprints of the stars, or check out the iconic Hollywood sign. An expansive enough city, 48 hours is just enough to take in the outdoor Greek Theatre or the fantastic Los Angeles Zoo. Not your regular big city, but there is enough eye candy to fill 48 without a problem.

Just because it is where the movie studios are located, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find an inexpensive place to stay. If you are savvy, there are a ton of hotel specials online. The best part is once you get there, all the fun things are no charge.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is a haven by the sea. Known as the “Venice of America”, It is a good old-fashioned getaway. Take a walk on the boardwalk, like vacationers have since the early 1900s, play beach volleyball on the free courts, or check out the skating plaza and bodybuilding display at Muscle Beach. A free show, you can spend your days in the sun and your nights, people watching. If fishing is your thing, Venice Beach has the perfect conditions for the biggest catch.

From street performers to food stands, there may not be five-star restaurants, but you can pick up a hotdog on the boardwalk, get some ice-cream, and just have fun in the sun all for very little money.

Santa Monica

If it was good enough for Pamela Anderson and the show “Baywatch”, then it is good enough for you to spend the best 48 hours ever. Santa Monica is one of those places that you have to include in your bucket list. Surfing and swimming are the top attractions, but there are a ton of things to do. An old-fashioned amusement park on the Pier is as iconic as Apple Pie. The best part is, that at any given time, you never know what celebrity you will run into. Spend your days on the beach or sightseeing. There is enough to keep you busy for 48 hours plus.

If you have 48 hours and the desire to get away, you don’t have to drain your savings account. Sometimes the best things in life truly are free, and they are found in Southern California. An iconic American treasure, it also offers the best in adventure and solitude.


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