While there’s plenty to do in LA, there’s also a ton of beautiful places to visit nearby. People will always say they don’t have enough time for trips or that it’s too hard to get time off work or that they don’t have enough money or some other excuse to not take advantage of these opportunities. Don’t listen to those people.
Now I’m still working my way to that Best Picture Oscar. So in the mean time, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge on budget traveling. One of my favorite way to explore but stay within my budget is to take day trips. Recently I took a day trip to Big Bear with a couple of friends for a day of hiking.
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Distance from LA: Roughly 97 miles
What I Spent:
- $5 One Day Adventure Pass
- $5 Breakfast Sandwich at The Tea & Coffee Exchange
- $15 Huge Post Hike Taco Lunch at Azteca Grill
We left early on a Sunday from Los Feliz and were there within an hour and a half. When we arrived, I got some pre-hike fuel at an adorable cafe then picked up our Adventure Pass. With my roommate as our guide, we hiked 6 miles roundtrip on the Pineknot Trail to a beautiful view. Afterwards we were craving tacos & ice cold mexican sodas so we grabbed a late lunch at Azteca Grill. Happy, full, & feeling accomplished, we headed back to LA with plenty of time to get ready for work the next day.
Do yourself a favor: Skip that Griffith Park hike this weekend and head out to Big Bear.