Things to Do on Weekends in Los Angeles

Things to Do on Weekends in Los Angeles
With such a large area and so many people, there is never a lack of activities in Los Angeles. Thanks to a wide variety of destinations and attractions, it is a snap to find something exciting to do outdoors on any given weekend in Los Angeles.

The Arroyo Seco Bike Path

Located in the Angeles National Forest and easily accessible to Los Angeles, the Arroyo Seco Bike Path is a great day trip, climbing less than 500 feet over approximately seven and a half miles. Mountain bikers in the know enjoy this former trolley path, which is still largely undiscovered by locals. Parking is available on the street, and a more challenging ride is available to those who opt to cycle toward Brown Mountain. The trail is maintained by the Arroyo Seco Foundation, which is dedicated to the conservancy of this region.

The Arroyo Seco Bike Path
Ventura Avenue and Windsor Street
West Altadena, CA
(626) 584-9902

Temescal Canyon Trail

Located in L.A.'s trendy, western Pacific Palisades neighborhood, the Temescal Canyon Trail leaves from Temescal Gateway Park and follows a gentle dirt loop of just under three miles. The loop is a great day hike to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Start out from the park on the Temescal Ridge Trail until it intersects with the Canyon Trail, crossing the Temescal Creek on a small footbridge, before you loop back toward the park. Temescal Gateway Park also offers children's nature programs and a retreat space.

Temescal Canyon Trail at Temescal Gateway Park
15601 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA‎
(805) 624-4361‎

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is car free, and that alone makes it very appealing for Los Angeles residents. With a nice, 1.5-hour ferry running from Marina Del Rey out to the island all day, every day, there is no excuse not to explore this untouched paradise. Catalina offers lots of accommodations and a wide variety of outdoor activities, making it a perfect weekend getaway. Options include water sports such as fishing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, bicycling and golf. Camping accommodations are also available on the island for those who really want to completely get away from the city.

The Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer Ferry
13737 Fiji Way # C2
Marina Del Rey, CA‎
(310) 305-7250‎

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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