Ventura: 10 reasons why it's worth a day trip from Los Angeles

MadeWest Ventura

"Los Angeles may be the city of angels but, for locals, it's also the city of traffic, smog, and failed acting careers, meaning that sometimes Angelenos just need a day away.

And, honestly, visitors might just want the same - I mean, how long can you really be bothered by foul-smelling men in costumes in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater?

La-La-Landers spend half their lives sitting in traffic, so they don't often stray far from home when taking a day trip. Luckily, it's just over an hour’s drive from downtown LA to a world of California dreamin'.

Introducing Ventura. This hidden gem of a city - nestled along 16 miles of coastline near Santa Barbara - has everything one needs to escape city life. It's been the go-to place for Angelenos to get away for years, and it's stayed one of the best-kept Southern California secrets... until now."