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Follow the Pacific Coast Highway north of Los Angeles for just a short distance, and you’ll reach the beach city of Ventura. It’s one of the launching points for visiting the scenic Channel Islands National Park. Boats leave from the picturesque marina to this area of spectacular natural beauty. Elsewhere in the city you’ll find stunning state beaches that are popular with surfers, and a downtown with independent restaurants and cafés.

Southern California is a driver’s destination, so rent a car through Orbitz to explore this sunny, friendly region. Pick up your rental car in Ventura, then drive out to nearby coastal destinations.

Ventura and beyond: SoCal by car

Visiting Ventura isn’t all about the beach. Use your rental car to visit cool cities and remote wildernesses, starting with these three destinations.

Los Padres National Forest

Drive just a short distance north of Ventura, and you’ll reach the edges of Los Padres National Forest. Adventurers can hop out of their cars to join hiking trails up peaks that offer views of all of Ventura County. Even if you aren’t a hiker, the driving here is spectacular, winding through valleys beneath wooded peaks. Watch the skies for condors soaring above the hills.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 15 miles

Santa Barbara

California becomes almost European in the relaxed, picturesque city of Santa Barbara, where white walls and red roofs recall the rivieras of the Mediterranean. Spend your days here unwinding on the beach or touring local wineries. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden showcases the native plants of California, while Stearns Wharf promises a picturesque dinner destination.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles competes with New York and Chicago for the title of being the biggest, brightest and most exciting metropolis in the US. In LA’s favor are the many museums in Downtown and Hollywood, the movie studios that offer tours of their back lots, and the hiking trails and stunning views of Griffith Park. It’s also got several trendy beach town locations, and more than its fair share of glamorous mansions.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 75 miles