The allure of Los Angeles' palm trees, breezy air and thriving art scene may be difficult to leave behind (it's nicknamed City of Angels and La La Land for a reason), but take advantage of being in the Big Orange and head to other places for even more colours. We have 5 recommended places worth visiting from Los Angeles - in only two or three hours!
Looking for a weekend getaway near Los Angeles? San Diego is the place for you with its beautiful beaches, spectacular coastline and a myriad of things to do where you can surf and hike in just one fine day. Have the perfect day at the beach at La Jolla cove, then hike to Mount Soledad where the scenery is breathtaking and the night is lit. Stroll along the side walk of Little Italy, or escape to Balboa park, San Diego's urban nature filled with performing arts, lush gardens, museums and beautiful Spanish architecture.
This Los Angeles getaway is where old Spanish roots and modern America merge. San Jose is the home of the infamous Winchester mystery house and the intricate Silicon Valley, perfect for those seeking a good ol' American holiday with a modern Costa Rican twist. Get a touch of old Spanish architecture, and don't miss out on taking a stroll at the Municipal Rose Garden where you can have a contemplative walk or spend a romantic day in one of America's most beautiful rose garden!
The perfect Southern California vacation spot, San Francisco is also widely known as the region's cultural center, housing a number of landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, and its Chinatown district. Don't skip the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited beaches in the United States! Here's a tip: get around on a bike, since San Francisco is also famous for its cycling residents.
Looking from a mini getaway from Los Angeles? Las Vegas is definitely more than just casinos and hotels. For one, the city is also home to several museums, including the Neon Museum, the Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Every first Friday of the month, the city's downtown region called 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District also hosts a celebration that includes arts, music, special presentations and food. Feel like lazying around instead? There are 68 parks to choose from!
A short, less than two hours flight away from Los Angeles, Phoenix is among the most visited cities in the United States due to its climate. There is no shortage of activities you can do in Phoenix, from checking out the city's thriving arts scene, visiting its dozens of museums and of course, its plethora of outdoor attractions, such as the Phoenix Zoo (the largest non-profit zoo in the country) and the Phoenix Botanical Gardens (which features the largest collection of arid plants in the United States.
SweetEscape is an online platform that connects you with local photographers around the world. Our mission is to capture your life precious moments, anywhere in the world! SweetEscape is available in over 300 cities around the world.
The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!
Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.
So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.
"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.
When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!
"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."
Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).
"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.
TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.
"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.
What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.
"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"
So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!