Personally, I'd get out of the LA area by going north. Morro Bay is a wonderful destination within a 5-6 hour drive, and once you arrive is peaceful, quiet, ocean activities as well as golf.
If it is too rural, stop a little earlier in the Pismo Beach area for much of the same type of activities, but more "commercial stuff."
We're glad we left the LA area almost 30 years ago, because when we moved north our vacations started the moment we left home, not after we'd been driving to 8+ hours to get north of SF or Sacto.
Enjoy the quiet life.
Paul <?)))>< Lake Almanor, CA
2002 Thor Tahoe 23FBGL TT, 28'