Summer Getaways Just a Short Drive Away


Car travel is more popular than ever this summer. If you are ready to hit the road but want to avoid travel crowds, here are some great day trip locations to explore near Pardee Homes communities.

Kayak Lake Mead
A day on the water is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Las Vegas. Rent single or double kayaks at Lake Mead Marina and explore the shorelines and nearby Boulder Islands. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the secluded beaches, where you can reward your not-so-strenuous morning exercise with a nap before the scenic drive home.

Hike Mt. Charleston
Load the backpack with snacks, sunscreen, a fully charged phone and plenty of water, and head to Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for some high-mountain exploration. Most trails start at 6,000 feet in elevation, and some culminate at the 11,916-foot Charleston Peak. Don’t be surprised to encounter a burro or wild horse on your route; these animals are federally protected to roam free. Check the website for updated trail information before heading out. Not up for hiking? The three-hour roundtrip drive from Las Vegas features multiple scenic byways with plenty of photo ops.

Explore Big Bear Lake
Just 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake will seem a world away. This mountain getaway in the San Bernardino National Forest offers plenty of ways to get off the beaten path. Want to spend time on the water? Try a wakeboarding class, rent a boat or bring your fishing gear. Or venture out on one of the national forest trails on foot or horseback. Pick up a trail map at the Big Bear Discovery Center or Big Bear Visitor Center.

Picnic at Cuyamaco Rancho State Park
Less than an hour from San Diego, Cuyamaco Rancho State Park’s Paso Picacho and Green Valley day use areas provide an idyllic setting for the perfect picnic. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, Green Valley is punctuated by a creek with cascading water and shallow pools great for splashing. From Paso Picacho, you can access several trails leading to desert, coastline and Lake Cuyamaca views. Limited camping is also available but make sure to reserve a spot in advance.

Visit Catalina Island
Treat yourself to picture-perfect scenery just about two hours by car and ferry from the Los Angeles area. Pack a beach bag for a day of sunbathing and swimming at your choice of palm-lined beaches. Cars aren’t allowed on the island, but you can rent a golf cart or bicycle.

Want to live within easy driving distance of fun destinations? Contact one of our New Home Specialists today.

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