Summer is all about packing up the car and heading out for a quick adventure, and what better place to do that than sunny Southern California?  Here’s some awesome places just a quick drive from Irvine where you can revel in a SoCal  summer.  Ready to hit the open road? Well..it is Southern California so don’t get your hopes up on the ‘open’ part.

Laguna Beach

On a clear day in Laguna Beach, the road from the main beach to Alta Park is one of the most gorgeous routes in Orange County.  You can head straight out to the PCH for a more scenic route from Irvine, and once you’re near Laguna don’t miss the gorgeous homes and winding roads of Park Avenue.  From there, you’ll be taking in views of the city from above and eventually ending at the ‘top of the world’.  After a scenic drive, explore the crystal tide pools or lounge on pristine beaches.  You’ll find an incredible selection of art galleries and dining in Laguna Beach too! For more tips on where to eat and stay, visit Laguna Beach’s website.

San Clemente

San Clemente is the quintessential Southern California beach town and a surfer’s paradise.  The city has retained its small-town vibes and offers visitors some hidden gems in the realm of dining and digs.  Choose from one of the many gorgeous beaches in San Clemente from the San Onofre beach beloved to surfers or the bustling beach located at the San Clemente pier.  For those looking to experience the beach day and night, reserve a camping spot at Calafia/San Clemente State Beach — a gorgeous beach devoid of day traffic!  If camping isn’t your thing, the shops at Avenida Del Mar might be more your speed!

Temecula

Wine and nature lovers, this one’s for you.  Temecula is a California jewel covered in gorgeous vineyard open to the public.  One of the best ways to see Temecula in all its glory is to hop in a hot air balloon and take it all in sky-high.  You’ll find incredible trails for mountain biking, hiking, and bird watching scattered throughout Temecula, some of our top picks include The Santa Rose Plateau Ecological Reserve, Vail Lake Resort, Dripping Springs Trail and Lake Skinner.  Perhaps the best thing about Temecula is that you don’t have to choose just one thing.  You can start by wine tasting at the beautiful Thornton Vineyards, and end your day with a little culture in Oldtown Temecula.  Also unique to the area, Temecula is a hub for equestrian sports — Galway Downs and Green Acres (aptly named) are idyllic places to see some of the country’s best sport horses and even take a lesson yourself!

Happy Trails this summer everyone, may you beat the heat and the traffic!