Every year in September there is a "Route 66" parade to commemorate the famous Route 66 highway. The parade seems to grow longer each year. There are activities at the park where the parade ends, a real family affair.
Just 5 miles away from where I live is the Los Angeles Arborteum. There's no better place to spend a warm sun shiny spring day in Californa than in the lush gardens or sit by a waterfall and watch 200 peacocks strut their stuff. Visit the tropical greenhouse or take a tram ride through the 127-acre garden with plant and tree life from around the world! Popular activities also include bird watching, plant shows, and educational classes and lectures. There are historical buildings to visit and a cafe to relax in. The Arboretum is a place where the whole family can enjoy a an oasis in the heart of the city of Arcadia.
Plants are grouped according to their geographic origins. Sections include South American, Mediterranean, South African, Australian and Asiatic-North American. Other displays of interest are the Aquatic Garden, Meadowbrook, Demonstration Home Gardens, Garden for All Seasons, Prehistoric and Jungle Garden, Native Oaks, Herb Garden and the Palm and Bamboo collection
Santa Anita Racetrack only 5 miles from Duarte. This racetrack is for the whole family. In the infield of the racetrack there are park-like grounds, picnic areas and a playground for children called “Anita Chiquita”, of course you can continue to wager just a few steps away. The architecture of the clubhouse is considered eclectic art deco and is quite spectacular. The grounds cover 320 acres, including accommodations for 1,800 thoroughbreds. There is a one-mile main track, a seven-furlong turf course and a six-furlong training track. Besides strolling the manicured Paddock Gardens, there is a “behind the scenes” stable tour (weekends only). If you get there at 5 a.m. you are allowed to watch the horses train. Breakfast is available in the trackside café.
You can bet conservatively (minimum win, place and show bets are only $2.00) and enjoy the day there without spending all your money. The regular season at Santa Anita begins the day after Christmas and run until late April. There is also a short season in October for the Oaktree meet.
Santa Anita is also a fabulous place to dine; at the elegant clubhouse (which has a strict dress code) or casually on corned beef sandwiches served by vendors in the general admission areas - all the food served at Santa Anita is excellent.
This track is located 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the City of Arcadia with wonderful views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The Huntington Library isn't very far from where I live and my guests always enjoy a trip there. The fine art museum houses the well known "Blue Boy" and "Pinky" by Thomas Gainsborough. In the library is one of the original Gutenberg Bibles on display. The botanical gardens, especially when the roses are in full bloom are especially beautiful and worth a visit. For complete information on this highly-rated museum check out the website below.
Duarte is called the "City of Health" due to the fact we have The City of Hope a cancer research and hospital. At City of Hope there are more than 300 physicians and scientists and over 2,500 employees work to find the causes of and cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including diabetes and HIV/AIDS. City of Hope, located on over 112 beautifully landscaped acres, has 165 licensed beds, 39 of which are devoted to bone marrow transplantation patients.
City of Hope is one of just a handul of Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. More than 290,000 volunteers and donors worldwide support City of Hope and make it possible to continue the lifesaving work done here. In fact, one out of every $5 of City of Hope’s operating budget comes from private philanthropic support. Initially conceived as a haven for those stricken with tuberculosis, City of Hope celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2003
The hike up Fish Canyon was an easy family trek, but due to a huge quarry who blocked off the original route, a new route has been built and some say a much dangerous hike.
The new trail follows far too steep a course for the average hiker. My impression was that the engineers left out a couple dozen switchbacks. In short, what was an easy family hike is now a strenuous outing best left to experienced hikers and those training for a trek in Nepal.
Per the (Fish Canyon Trail Guide from City of Duarte). The new trail begins at a parking lot just outside the quarry entrance, and climbs steeply to Van Tassel Ridge. It then descends to the top of the quarrying operations and joins the previously constructed 1988 trail. The parameters of the new trail are quoted as 8.5 miles round-trip and 3200' elevation gain.
The trail up Fish Canyon has been under a great deal of controversy due to an uncooperative quarry. What was a lovely hike is now only for the expert climber.
On special occasions, such as the annual Family Wilderness Day in Duarte, a small number of hikers are allowed, for a fee, to use a city shuttle through the quarry to hike the rest of the original Fish Canyon Trail. The date is usually around April 1st. For information and reservations, call the Duarte Parks and Recreation Department at (626) 357-7931. A barbecue lunch is included in the fee. Other activities on that day include a climbing wall, arts and crafts, bird watching, nature photography lessons, and panning for gold along the river trail.