1 hr 30 mins by car, 1 hr 25 mins by train
San Juan Capistrano is an off-the-beaten-path day trip with lots of charm. Here, you can tour one of the mission chain’s prettiest links, the historical Mission San Juan Capistrano, established in 1776. The mission used to be known as a migratory destination for swallows in February, but the famous birds have been spotty in current years. If your interested in seeing some animals, check out Zoomars, a petting zoo for kids of all ages. It’s a historic ranch where you can also pan for gold like the California miners did. Los Rios Historic District also has some historic homes and museums that are perfect for a walking tour. You have many food options, such as Ramos House, a great spot for food and huge Bloody Marys on the weekends. Also try Five Vines, a nearby wine bar with snacks and sandwiches if you get hungry.