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Winter Road Trips in Southern California

These trips can be fun for the whole family!

It’s unlikely that when most people hear the words “Southern California” that they’d imagine winter road trips, or winter at all for that matter. But surprisingly, Southern California has a long list of winter vacation destinations that don’t require lugging the family to the airport. Whether you prefer to enjoy the colder temps or are looking to escape the chill and enjoy the warmth a little bit longer, there are plenty of places suitable and enjoyable for a road trip in Southern California.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Top Destinations for Winter Road Trips

Death Valley

Many find Death Valley a tad too hot (scorching really) in the summer months, but around Christmas it cools off and provides much more bearable temps so that visitors can enjoy hiking all day long and take advantage of some stunning photo ops while they’re there.


Yosemite has long been a family favorite destination. Not only does this park offer much less congestion in the winter months, but it also offers a host of winter, family-friendly activities like skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding and more. Not the active type? Yosemite is a great place to unwind peacefully with a view that will make all of your Facebook friends jealous.

Napa Valley

Much like Yosemite, the Napa Valley tends to be terribly congested in the spring and summer months, so if you’d like to enjoy wine country and the charming surrounding areas without massive crowds, winter is the time to go. Bring a jacket though, the Napa Valley has a chill during the winter months which provides a perfect mix of feeling like the holidays and enjoying a family getaway.

Find the Perfect Vehicle for Road Tripping with your Family Today

The only thing you’ll need to head to the perfect road trip destination in Southern California is the perfect vehicle to enjoy it in! Here at Irvine Auto Center we have a huge selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale near Santa Ana and Tustin, CA. Contact us online or come in and visit us near Aliso Viejo, CA, for a test drive and drive home in your next new vehicle today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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