07/12/2012 07:05 am ET Updated Sep 11, 2012

The Best Road Trips From Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

Los Angeles is awesome whichever way you look at it. Despite its reputation of having few attractions for tourists and huge distances to cover to get to any of them, L.A. has plenty to offer with top-notch restaurants, world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife scene and wonderful beaches that attract millions of visitors every year.

But it's good to take a break from all the buzz sometimes and head somewhere new, be it a more relaxed spot for some serious R&R or the perfect stretch of sand for surfing.

So whether you're in town visiting and want to mix it up a bit, or you're a resident and want to get away from it all, start packing and hit the road! We've got the perfect nearby spots that are just a short drive away.

-- Carolina Pirola,

The Best Roadtrips from Los Angeles