Driving distance from LA: 90 minutes
What you’re there for: Wine
Must-hits: Wine tour, Pechanga
OK, if you’re a wino you’ve already been to Santa Ynez, but why are you ignoring Temecula? It’s got a charming Western-style feel, and 50+ wineries, which you can sloshily navigate on foot, via Uber, via organized tours, or, if you want to stay on theme, by horse (yes, seriously: Saddle Up Wine Tours does horseback wine tours). The best ones rope in tourists via next-level snacks, like beef carpaccio and Creole-spiced fries at Leoness Cellars or chicken pesto pizza and calamari at Ponte Winery. And when you’re done you can hit the 24-hour Pechanga Casino, which hosts great concerts and poker tournaments as well.