- Enjoy the scenic views of some of SoCal's most picturesque beaches and seaside cliffs
- Discover the art community and culture that thrives in Laguna Beach
- Wander through the seasonal Sawdust Festival and appreciate the artisanal products
- Wind down with a wine tasting at a local cellar
Known for some of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County, Laguna Beach offers visitors much more than just coastline. With a thriving art community and celebrated local wineries, this small city makes for a perfect getaway for the day. Starting from Los Angeles, head about 60 miles south on the I-5 freeway before heading towards Laguna Beach on Laguna Canyon Road (CA-133).
Most notably, Laguna Beach boasts scenic coastlines and sandy beaches. Coming in from Laguna Canyon Road, make your way first to Heisler Park. Grab some coffee to start your day at Urth Caffé before walking the 3/4 mile trail above the bluff of the Main Beach. Dotted with sculptures and scenic beach lookout points, it's a great way to stretch your legs and soak in the views before heading down to the beach. The Main Beach is just walking distance away, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Both artists and art lovers have been drawn to Laguna Beach over the years, and the small city is home to over 100 art galleries. Just in front of Heisler Park is the Laguna Art Museum. If you have time to visit just one museum that is emblematic of the area, we'd recommend this one. Featuring art exclusively from California, this museum is the oldest cultural institution of the area.
Along the Pacific Coast Highway that lines Laguna Beach, you'll find plenty of eateries. Stop by Nick's Laguna Beach for lunch. From burgers to seafood and salads, there's plenty to choose from at this beloved local spot. And once you have parking in Laguna Beach, it's best to leave your car there for the day and take advantage of the free trolley that operates on weekends. With routes up and down that Pacific Coast Highway as well as into the neighborhoods of Laguna Beach, it's the easiest and most efficient way to get around.
During both the summer and winter months, locals and visitors alike flock to Laguna Beach's Sawdust Festival. Open daily for a small entrance fee, local artists and artisans showcase their wares in an outdoor market. Handmade jewelry, paintings, glassware, sculptures- wander through the stalls and pick up a unique piece for yourself while supporting the local art community. Stick around for a bit if you can, as there are often live demonstrations from the artists.
Right next to the Sawdust Festival is McClain Cellars, a local winery whose reds are sourced from the Santa Ynes Valley, Paso Robles, and Los Olivos areas. With a laid-back, modern atmosphere, unwind at the end of your day with a private tasting before heading home.