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While we may not have a Spring Break this year, you can still have a mini Spring Break experience and stay safe! These recommendations are based on if you are in the Malibu area, but even if you’re not, I’m sure there is a day trip awaiting you wherever you are. 

I love day trips because they are easy to plan, are usually already on my to-do list and don’t require me to book and overnight stay.. Last week I kicked off the spring season by taking a day trip to Santa Barbara and it inspired me to look into what else I can see in a day. The drive was just over an hour and I spent the day walking around enjoying the weather, eating really good food and just enjoying a break away from what I know. 

Here are five easy day trips you can take from Malibu:

Santa Barbara

Drive Time: 1 hr 15 min 

There is lots to do in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas — from the beach and water sports to biking and hiking in the hills, as well as historical landmarks and cute shopping areas with tons of shops and restaurants.

Laguna Beach

Drive Time: 1 hr 25 min

Another beach spot in Orange County where you can get away and enjoy the ocean, as well as fun spots like the Pirate Tower and caves on the beach.

San Diego

Drive Time: 2 hrs 25 min 

You can enjoy all downtown San Diego has to offer as there is something for everyone. They have every kind of food, historical locations, and small shops to explore. Alternatively, enjoy a drive down Pacific Coast Highway and stop at the beach towns along the way littered with small shops, vintage stores and great views.

Joshua Tree

Drive Time: 3 hrs

Lots of students love to drive out to Joshua Tree to go hiking to enjoy the desert views and a change of scenery from Malibu. That might be just what you need to get your mind off of midterms and upcoming papers.

San Francisco

Drive Time: 6 hrs

Now, hear me out: I know that drive time doesn’t scream “day trip,” but I know of a few people that have either tackled the drive themselves or taken a night bus to San Fran and back. It might be a bit much, but it might also be worth it. It’s up to you. 

You can enjoy the city and see all the historical and cultural landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Full House house. If you want a break from the city there are some amazing national parks just outside the city you can explore and be in awe of the towering redwoods.

Don’t let the lack of a week long break stop you from exploring. That’s the beauty of day trips; one day you can be studying and the next you can be in a whole new city just a drive away.

Melissa Locke

Pepperdine '21

This is my senior year of college and I'm a Public Relations major with a Creative Writing outside concentration. I was born and raised in So-Cal and love it so much I couldn't go too far. As much as South California is my home, I adore traveling and learning about other cultures. A Disney fan to the core you can find me watching any of their movies, or breaking my bank account at Disneyland, and if not I'll probably be reading, writing, or enjoying the Malibu climate. 
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