Places to check out on a weekend getaway
Santa Barbara (Great town to explore, lots of places to walk around, eat, shop, lounge on beautiful clean beaches and taste excellent wine). Definitely a favorite of LA locals.
Pismo Beach (Check out the Monarch Butterflies)
San Diego (If you find your self in San Diego, there are so many great places to visit. You can easily spend a week here and not see it all. Some of the most popular attractions are, The Gas lamp district which is a historic district that now has hundreds of bars and restaurants. Sea World, San Diego Zoo (it has Pandas!), Coronado Island, old town San Diego State Historic Park and many, many others.) https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60750-d104586-Reviews-Old_Town_San_Diego_State_Historic_Park-San_Diego_California.html
Palm Springs (Great place to lounge by the pool, dine, shop and rejuvenate) (2 hours from LA, popular get away destination)
Catalina Island (have to take a boat)