hello fellow REI friends! 

looking for suggestions as to where to go with my husband and our kids (they've packed before up to 5 mile pack in).  we live in the LA area, and we would be shooting for doing a 2 night trip over a 3 day weekend, so hoping for maybe a 4ish hour drive...?  someplace with lakes would be ideal....someone had suggested possibly mammoth lakes area?  also, since we've only packed before with my brother in law, i'm not versed in how to go about getting the permits, etc. and i'm trying to plan this as a surprise for my husband! 

any and all help is SO appreciated!! 

thanks in advance!