There are countless things to do in Los Angeles on any day of the week, but there is something really freeing about getting out of the city once in awhile. Luckily in California, you can hop in the car and find the next beautiful destination in as little as two hours. A few weeks ago, Branché, our LEAFtv production coordinator, and I hopped in a Chevy Traverse (i.e. the iPhone of cars) and drove down to San Diego, away from the pollution and ~most~ of the traffic.

Where we ended up was La Jolla, a beautiful beachside neighborhood that has everything from scenic views and hikes to açai bowls and happy hour spots. Here's a little guide on our findings in case you find yourself in La Jolla this year (which we recommend you do):

Where To Hike: Torrey Pines Gliderport

Hiking alongside La Jolla's beautiful cliffs and views of the Pacific is an unbeatable way to spend the morning. It's super open and not too crowded, including flat areas to run as well as steeper hiking spots. Plus, parking is a breeze! Coming from LA, that's a win.

What To Do: Kayaking

I've never really been one for kayaking (I tend to flip the boat...) but it's hard to complain when you're going through actual sea caves. It's a great workout... you exercise muscles you didn't even know you had! Exploring La Jolla's Sea Caves is the perfect way to get in the water and enjoy the beach, besides getting your tan on.

Where To Stay: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Resort

This place is a literal dream. It has everything from a top rated restaurant to a pool area and luxury spa. The rooms feel like little bungalows and sometimes you forget where you are, that you're just 2 hours away from the hustle of LA. Kind of like Palm Springs except you're 2 minutes from the beach. :)

Where To Eat: George's On The Cove

If you're looking for a cocktail with a view, THIS is the place to do it. Literally on the cove, right above La Jolla Shores Beach, complete with a full menu of delicious seaside food and cocktails. Arguably the most Instagram-mable spot in San Diego.


I am definitely not the best driver but this bad boy (the Chevy, not Branché) has a FULL ariel view of the car. Parking? NO PROBLEM! On top of that, it has built-in WiFi and a phone charging pad so road trip tunes were 100% at all times.

Did we miss anything? Where should we go next?