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The best places to stay on a road trip from LA, mapped

The best hotels, motels, and B&Bs in driving distance of LA

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The sun sets on the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree.
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There are plenty of road trip-ready destinations from Los Angeles that are worth a tank of gas. If you’re planning to hit the probably not-so-open highways out of the city and are scouting for a beautiful place to stay, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotels, motels, B&Bs, and even glamping spots from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and Newport Beach to Palm Springs.

Whether you’re seeking a desert retreat or a historic hotel once frequented by Old Hollywood stars, check out the map below for a dozen spots in approximately north-to-south order.

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1. Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

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2700 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 369-2500
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A Tuscan-style estate nestled in the Central Coast’s wine country, this pet-friendly destination hotel in Paso Robles has 171 guest rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking rolling vineyards. If vino tastings and agricultural tours at the many nearby wineries aren’t enough, the resort offers its own strollable orchards, fine Mediterranean cuisine, an in-house spa, and more. Rates: Starting at $349 per night.

2. Madonna Inn

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100 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 543-3000
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The grandmother of Instagram-friendly accommodations, this legendary SLO hotel is home to 107 whimsical rooms, each with their own unique personality (like the storybook inspired Old Mill room, the Marie Antoinette-worthy Romance suite, and the all-pink-everything Tall & Short room). The Madonna offers guided horseback rides, wine tastings, a pool and fitness center, and spa, while nearby sights include the famed bubblegum alley, Spanish mission, and hiking trails leading to Bishop Peak. Rates: Starting at $209 per night.

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3. El Capitan Canyon

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11560 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
(866) 352-2729
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If glamping is your style, book one of the 26 comfortable safari tents at this woodsy campground north of Santa Barbara. Each canvas tent comes with its own wooden deck, grill, and firepit. In the morning, take a foggy hike to the nearby llama farm. Rates: Starting at $155 per night.

4. Ojai Rancho Inn

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615 W Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-1434
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From the hip hospitality pros behind Shelter Social Club, this renovated roadside hotel welcomes fashionable guests with its bohemian-cool decor and rustic rooms, some equipped with saunas and hot tubs. The Chief’s Peak bar serves wine and beer, while rentable Linus bicycles provide car-free transportation to Ojai’s many fashionable boutiques, spas, and eateries. Rates: Starting at $150 per night.

5. Glen Tavern Inn

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134 N Mill St
Santa Paula, CA
(805) 933-5550
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Located within walking distance to Santa Paula’s charming Old Town District, this historic Tudor-Craftsman hotel was a popular getaway in the ‘20s for Hollywood stars shooting films in the area (Harry Houdini and John Barrymore, to name a few). Beaches, museums, horseback riding, and hot air balloon rides are just a few activities within reach. Rates: Starting at $95 per night.

6. Arrowhead Lake Inn

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28051 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA
(909) 337-6633
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Views of Lake Arrowhead await at this mom-and-pop bed & breakfast, which is just only a five-minute stroll to the village’s shops and restaurants. Its nine cozy rooms are decked out with antique furniture and private bathrooms, and guests can enjoy a lobby with fireplace and self-serve complimentary continental breakfast. Rates: Starting at $89 per night.

7. Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat

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6394 Sunset Rd
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Hicksville Trailer Palace is a delightfully kitsch and achingly cool getaway retreat, featuring themed trailers, airstreams and cabins. A bohemian village with a communal pool, star-gazing platform, recording studio and more, this is a favorite among artists looking to escape the city for a one-of-a-kind time-out. Rates: Starting at $85 per night.

8. Sparrows Lodge

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1330 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA
(760) 327-2300
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This 21+ Palm Springs hotel was built by Don Castle and his wife Zetta as a getaway for Hollywood stars in the ‘50s. The revamped 20-room resort still boasts its original Red Barn charm with modern upgrades like rain showers and AC, and fine art by Ruscha and others. Don’t expect TVs or phones in the rooms—the lodge is all about creating “an environment of ease and simplicity,” which you’ll find at the communal bar, vegetable garden, and pool. Rates: Starting at $179 per night.

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9. L’Horizon Palm Springs

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1050 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 323-1858
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If you’re looking to really live it up in Palm Springs, this luxurious mid-century modern haven is the place. This 25-bungalow retreat—which hosted Marilyn Monroe and former presidents in a past life—scored a high-fashion makeover by LA celeb interior designer Steve Hermann a few years back. Indulgences include Le Labo toiletries and personalized touches in every corner (like monogrammed stationery and custom door signs), while an infinity-edge pool and the gourmet restaurant SO•PA round out this 21+ hotel. Rates: Starting at $285 per night.

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10. Hicksville Pines Motel & Chalet

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23481 CA-243
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(310) 584-1086
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This colorful getaway in the San Jacinto Mountains isn’t what it seems: A tribute to David Lynch’s original Twin Peaks, this 10-suite motel also pays homage to Dolly Parton, Dita Von Teese, Third Man Records, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride, and more of Hicksville founder Morgan Higby Night’s favorite things. Start your day early and explore Idyllwild’s picturesque hiking trails, then return to town where a candy shop, a jerky store, antiques, a wine bar, and even a cafe with damn good coffee await. Rates: Starting at $100 per night.

11. Doryman's Inn Bed & Breakfast Newport Beach

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2102 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 675-7300
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This oceanfront bed & breakfast promises breathtaking views of Newport Beach Pier and fresh coastal breezes from its decadent second-story rooms, some of which include their own fireplaces. Rates: Starting at $299 per night.

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12. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA
(619) 296-2101
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Once a destination for Hollywood icons like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner, this 1946-built haven houses 131 rooms and bungalows, and a nearly-Olympic-length pool designed by five-time gold medal winner Johnny Weissmuller (a.k.a. Tarzan). The hotel’s Hope 46 restaurant serves up classic American fare, while the Red Fox Room (an old English inn that was shipped to the States by Marion Davies) is known for its mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and piano bar. Rates: Starting at $149 per night.

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1. Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

2700 Buena Vista Dr, Paso Robles, CA

A Tuscan-style estate nestled in the Central Coast’s wine country, this pet-friendly destination hotel in Paso Robles has 171 guest rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking rolling vineyards. If vino tastings and agricultural tours at the many nearby wineries aren’t enough, the resort offers its own strollable orchards, fine Mediterranean cuisine, an in-house spa, and more. Rates: Starting at $349 per night.

2700 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA

2. Madonna Inn

100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Jenny Poole / Flickr creative commons

The grandmother of Instagram-friendly accommodations, this legendary SLO hotel is home to 107 whimsical rooms, each with their own unique personality (like the storybook inspired Old Mill room, the Marie Antoinette-worthy Romance suite, and the all-pink-everything Tall & Short room). The Madonna offers guided horseback rides, wine tastings, a pool and fitness center, and spa, while nearby sights include the famed bubblegum alley, Spanish mission, and hiking trails leading to Bishop Peak. Rates: Starting at $209 per night.

100 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

3. El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

If glamping is your style, book one of the 26 comfortable safari tents at this woodsy campground north of Santa Barbara. Each canvas tent comes with its own wooden deck, grill, and firepit. In the morning, take a foggy hike to the nearby llama farm. Rates: Starting at $155 per night.

11560 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117

4. Ojai Rancho Inn

615 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

From the hip hospitality pros behind Shelter Social Club, this renovated roadside hotel welcomes fashionable guests with its bohemian-cool decor and rustic rooms, some equipped with saunas and hot tubs. The Chief’s Peak bar serves wine and beer, while rentable Linus bicycles provide car-free transportation to Ojai’s many fashionable boutiques, spas, and eateries. Rates: Starting at $150 per night.

615 W Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023

5. Glen Tavern Inn

134 N Mill St, Santa Paula, CA

Located within walking distance to Santa Paula’s charming Old Town District, this historic Tudor-Craftsman hotel was a popular getaway in the ‘20s for Hollywood stars shooting films in the area (Harry Houdini and John Barrymore, to name a few). Beaches, museums, horseback riding, and hot air balloon rides are just a few activities within reach. Rates: Starting at $95 per night.

134 N Mill St
Santa Paula, CA

6. Arrowhead Lake Inn

28051 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA

Views of Lake Arrowhead await at this mom-and-pop bed & breakfast, which is just only a five-minute stroll to the village’s shops and restaurants. Its nine cozy rooms are decked out with antique furniture and private bathrooms, and guests can enjoy a lobby with fireplace and self-serve complimentary continental breakfast. Rates: Starting at $89 per night.

28051 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA

7. Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat

6394 Sunset Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Hicksville Trailer Palace is a delightfully kitsch and achingly cool getaway retreat, featuring themed trailers, airstreams and cabins. A bohemian village with a communal pool, star-gazing platform, recording studio and more, this is a favorite among artists looking to escape the city for a one-of-a-kind time-out. Rates: Starting at $85 per night.

6394 Sunset Rd
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

8. Sparrows Lodge

1330 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
Via Sparrows Lodge

This 21+ Palm Springs hotel was built by Don Castle and his wife Zetta as a getaway for Hollywood stars in the ‘50s. The revamped 20-room resort still boasts its original Red Barn charm with modern upgrades like rain showers and AC, and fine art by Ruscha and others. Don’t expect TVs or phones in the rooms—the lodge is all about creating “an environment of ease and simplicity,” which you’ll find at the communal bar, vegetable garden, and pool. Rates: Starting at $179 per night.

1330 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA

9. L’Horizon Palm Springs

1050 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Photo by Jaime Kowal

If you’re looking to really live it up in Palm Springs, this luxurious mid-century modern haven is the place. This 25-bungalow retreat—which hosted Marilyn Monroe and former presidents in a past life—scored a high-fashion makeover by LA celeb interior designer Steve Hermann a few years back. Indulgences include Le Labo toiletries and personalized touches in every corner (like monogrammed stationery and custom door signs), while an infinity-edge pool and the gourmet restaurant SO•PA round out this 21+ hotel. Rates: Starting at $285 per night.

1050 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264

10. Hicksville Pines Motel & Chalet

23481 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA 92549

This colorful getaway in the San Jacinto Mountains isn’t what it seems: A tribute to David Lynch’s original Twin Peaks, this 10-suite motel also pays homage to Dolly Parton, Dita Von Teese, Third Man Records, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride, and more of Hicksville founder Morgan Higby Night’s favorite things. Start your day early and explore Idyllwild’s picturesque hiking trails, then return to town where a candy shop, a jerky store, antiques, a wine bar, and even a cafe with damn good coffee await. Rates: Starting at $100 per night.

23481 CA-243
Idyllwild, CA 92549

11. Doryman's Inn Bed & Breakfast Newport Beach

2102 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA
Via Doryman's Inn Bed & Breakfast

This oceanfront bed & breakfast promises breathtaking views of Newport Beach Pier and fresh coastal breezes from its decadent second-story rooms, some of which include their own fireplaces. Rates: Starting at $299 per night.

2102 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA

12. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
Courtesy of Lafayette Hotel

Once a destination for Hollywood icons like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner, this 1946-built haven houses 131 rooms and bungalows, and a nearly-Olympic-length pool designed by five-time gold medal winner Johnny Weissmuller (a.k.a. Tarzan). The hotel’s Hope 46 restaurant serves up classic American fare, while the Red Fox Room (an old English inn that was shipped to the States by Marion Davies) is known for its mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and piano bar. Rates: Starting at $149 per night.

2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA