Most Underrated Getaway: Lake Casitas, CA
There’s always been a load of great places to camp outside the LA area, but for some reason, nobody ever throws Lake Casitas into the conversation. The Ojai-adjacent campsite has plots for as little as $30 a night, tons of green space, well-maintained firepits, decent bathrooms, and of course, a lake. You can rent boats in the afternoon too, and a day spent out on the lake with some cold beverages is hardly a wasted one.
There’s a cafe onsite -- and they do bottomless mimosas, which is another adventure in itself -- but you’ll probably want to be cooking your own food, so grab some meats and killer beef jerky from The Corner Market on the way. When it’s time to head home, you’ve still got options: hit up Spencer Mackenzie’s for some waterside fish tacos, or give some more elevated seafood a look at Lure Fish House.
Drive: About 2.5 hours