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3 easy L.A. day trips to take with roommates


Living in Los Angeles means you have the world at your fingertips, with some of the best shopping, dining, and culture all calling L.A. county home. But when visits to LACMA and window shopping at Maxfield aren’t cutting it, Los Angeles residents have some pretty good options for easy escapes.

Residents at our Los Angeles home, Common Elmwood, are nestled in the heart of the charming Larchmont Village neighborhood and have access to all-inclusive amenities like onsite laundry, free WiFi, regular professional cleanings, and utilities, starting at $1,100/month. In addition to being one of L.A.’s best housing deals, Common Elmwood’s prime location makes it easy to get away (even if just for a day) and Common’s emphasis on community means meeting like-minded members down for an afternoon excursion shouldn’t be a problem.

Ready to get away for a day? Round up your roommates, pack some snacks, and abscond on one of these easy L.A. day trips.

Griffith Observatory

Currently limited to masked, weekend visits, Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory is an area icon that happens to be only 20 minutes from Common Elmwood’s front door. Whether you’re a stargazer eager to explore the edges of the universe at the Observatory’s Samuel Oschin Planetarium, desperate for some light hiking in Griffith Park, or just a movie buff looking to recreate a scene or two from Rebel Without a Cause or La La Land, Griffith Observatory has something for everyone. In L.A., the stars are closer than you think!

Franklin Canyon Park

Complete with trails for hikers of all skill levels, L.A.’s Franklin Canyon Park features 605 acres of grasslands, oak woodlands, and even a duck pond! A 50 minute drive from Common Elmwood takes you worlds away, and Franklin Canyon Park provides an unbelievably green oasis in the backyard of Beverly Hills. Even if you and your roommates have bonded over your lack of interest in hiking, the park’s trails offer exceptional views of the city, as well as the Pacific Ocean (on particularly clear days.) Trust us, a day of serenity in Franklin Canyon Park will help keep your head clear for weeks to come.

Marina del Rey

Common Elmwood is only a 45 minute drive away from Marina del Rey, and it’s more than worth the trip. Spend the day strolling around the historic and charming Fisherman’s Village or hit up the iconic Abbot Kinney for a much-appreciated change of scenery. While you’re there, arrange a meetup with other Common members and make a real roommate’s-day-out of it–and maybe get some expert tips on where to grab dinner from the locals.

Hit the road

Life at Common Elmwood means calling Los Angeles–the city that has it all–home, but it also means that there’s nothing standing between you and these memorable day trips. It doesn’t matter if you and your roommates are beach-combers, stargazers, or wilderness explorers, because there’s truly an L.A. day trip for everyone.

Ready to start planning your next Los Angeles day trip? Add a tour of Common Elmwood to your pre-trip checklist and see why Common is the best way to live in the City of Angels.

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