There are numerous hiking trails just outside of Los Angeles, with stunning views of the coast and nearby mountain ranges. Some of the trails are paved and maintained as parts of state or federal parks, including Griffith Park and Hansen Dam Park. However, some of the best hikes are relatively unmarked but have some of the best views. Try the three-mile Fall Creek Trail located a quarter mile north of Hidden Springs (23165 Angeles Forest Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550). However, that hike can be very strenuous. For an easier hike, try the dozens of easy trails dotting the Simi Valley region. Examples include the Chumash Trail, found near the intersection of Flanagan Drive and Yosemite Avenue, and the Devil Canyon Trail, located near the Topanga Canyon exit on California's 118 freeway. If you are new to the region and don't want to hike in unfamiliar territory, take a guided hike with an organization such as Coastwalk or the Sierra Club's L.A. chapter.
825 Gravenstein Hwy North #8
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sierra Club Los Angeles Chapter
3435 Wilshire Blvd. #320
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1904
Founded in the mid-1900s, the 25 acres that make up Descano Gardens form an oasis of lush plants and rare flowers just 20 minutes outside of downtown Los Angeles. The scenic landscape is perfect for a serene nature walk, with many tourists enjoying the famed lilac garden as well as the bird sanctuary. A xeriscape garden is also featured, showcasing native Californian plants. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.
1418 Descanso Dr.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Arts and Culture
The landmark location of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is a draw unto itself, featuring a soaring Chinese-themed entrance. Through this gate walked some of the biggest celebrities of the 1900s, many of which left their footprints cast in the theater's concrete. Come to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters as well as independent films. Don't forget to check the sidewalk for the footprints of some of your favorite actors, including modern ones like Tom Cruise and Sean Connery, and stars of the past like John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Esther Williams.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle
Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.