Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, we have a spot for you. From snowy slopes to a wildflower-spotted desert, check out StorQuest’s list of the best weekend getaways just around the corner from Paramount, CA.
Sand & Surf – Rosarito Beach – 145 Miles, 3 Hours 40 Minutes Away by Car
Escape to paradise with a quick trip over the border to Rosarito Beach. An unending coastline, authentic Mexican food, fresh seafood, and plenty of water-filled adventures – what’s not to love? Bring your swimsuit, surfboard, and snorkel gear. It’s going to be a good weekend.
Must Eat: Tacos El Yaqui
Things to Do: Surfing Baja Malibu, scuba diving, kitesurfing, boating to the Coronado Islands
Where to Crash: Rent an Airbnb – there are plenty of awesome places close to the beach for under $200 a night!
Stargazing & Scenery – Joshua Tree – 125 Miles, 2 Hours 40 Minutes Away by Car
From the moment you set foot in Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll feel like you’ve transported to a completely different land. This unbelievable desertscape is decorated with beautiful flora and fauna as well as some truly stunning geologic scenery. Explore by foot, bike, or car. No matter how you get around, you’ll get your fix after a day of adventure and an evening spent underneath the star-filled skies. Our recommendation – hike to Willow hole, a jaw-dropping trail that has somehow managed to slip under the radar. Wind through open desert and rocky valley, soon you’ll happen upon a hidden creek!
Must Eat: Lunch at Pappy & Harriet’s
Things to Do: See the Joshua trees (of course), jaw-dropping hikes, bike tours, rock climbing
Where to Crash: Desert camping – pack up your sleeping bag and tent!
Fresh Water & Fresh Air – Big Bear Lake- 101 Miles, 2 Hours 20 Minutes Away by Car
Toss out your pine tree-scented car freshener and trade it in for the real deal. Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains is an all-seasons oasis for backcountry searchers. In the winter you have endless space for every snow sport imaginable. When the weather warms up, the slopes turn into mountain biking trails and the lake is ready for all the fishing, wakeboarding, and tubing you can manage.
Must Eat: Fuel up with breakfast at Grizzly Manor Cafe
Things to Do: Skiing at Bear Mountain, snowmobiling, mountain biking, fishing, and boating
Where to Crash: Get the full experience with Big Bear Cabins.
City Lights & Late Nights – San Diego - 112 Miles, 2 Hours 5 Minutes Away by Car
San Diego is known for a lot of things – its bikeability is one of them. Voted one of the top 10 best places for biking in the U.S., it’s the best way to get a first-hand feel for this unique city. With a mish-mash of different neighborhoods – all with their own bold personalities – it’s easy to make a must-see list that’s a mile long. Try new foods, stay out late at a show, drink the local coffee, and when you get an itch for something outdoorsy, hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for dramatic cliff views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Must Eat: A burger at Hodad’s – they give In-N-Out a run for their money.
Things to Do: Bike through Hillcrest, go to a concert, dinner at Little Italy, coffee carts at Ocean Beach
Where to Crash: Learn from the locals by Couchsurfing.
StorQuest Has You Covered
No matter where life takes you – the beach, the desert, the wilderness – we have your back. You can count on StorQuest to keep your gear in good hands while you’re not using it.