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20 Best Weekend Getaways from Los Angeles (within a 3 hour flight)

Updated: Aug 17, 2021



California residents are blessed to be able to ski and surf in the same day. Los Angeles in particular, is ideally located with easy access to National Parks, mountains, and plenty of other fun destinations within a short flight.


This article will focus on domestic destinations via airplane and car. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Los Angeles area within a 3 hour flight (with one bonus 4 hour destination). More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends what you want to do at your destination.


Bear in Mind: When travelling internationally as of June 14th, 2021, you're required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test upon return to the United States. This is on top of any restrictions in the country you are visiting. Since the rules are changing frequently, I'll leave that out. Instead, I'll include a link to the embassy site where you can find the latest information.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Bears, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, rustic boutique, hotels, cool people.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Make sure you have time to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Jenny Lake is a must.


Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • BBQ! BBQ! BBQ!

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the Power & Light District for a unique nightlife experience & go to Arthur Bryant's for BBQ.



Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 4 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Music (not just country), endless bars, brewpubs, hot chicken.

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Stay in the Gulch or near printer's alley.


Seattle, Washington (SEA) - Just Under a 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Whales, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, gorgeous views, intelligent individuals, good breweries.

When to go?

  • Summer (you can't really avoid the rain but you can pray)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the REI flagship store. Wow.


Aspen, Colorado (ASE) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, great scenery, luxury.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • It's very expensive, but worth a shot. 3.5 hour drive if you wish to save some $$.




Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Mountains, beer, National Parks, hiking, clean city, nice people.

When to go?

  • Year-round. Ski in the winter. Hike in the summer.

Who can fly you there?