Where Should I Go on a Weekend Getaway (Drivable From La)?

My birthday is in a month and my boyfriend and I are trying to plan a weekend getaway. Any suggestions/favorite places/things to do are much appreciated! Probably max 3ish hour drive.
  1. San Diego
    Should we stay by the beach? Or downtown?
  2. Santa Barbara
    I really want to do a wine tasting!
  3. Palm Springs
    @minhal just went and may have some suggestions
    Suggested by   @bjnovak
  4. Joshua Tree
    @jesseno may be able to help you here
    Suggested by   @bjnovak
  5. Barstow!
    I think they have an Applebee's now.
    Suggested by   @Salomon