Temescal Gateway Park is the most popular hiking spot in the Santa Monica Mountains probably because of the location. It is off the famous Sunset Blvd and less than a mile from the beach. It is a 4.4 mile loop hike with a small waterfall at the bridge. It gives you a good view of the coastline. And if you want to enjoy nature and stargaze it is the...more
A wonderful way to spend a few hours for very little cost. An inside look as to what was J. Paul Getty's passion. You'll see Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War. Roman-inspired architecture and gardens.Admission to the Getty Villa is FREE. An...more
It's right on the beach. Fantastic ocean views. Get there early for dinner and watch the sunsets from one of the outdoor balcony tables.
Favorite Dish: Swordfish
You could sail to Pacific Palisades using a catamaran similar to these. However, it's probably faster and easier to drive. Parking the car could be a problem during summer.
Crossing PCH on foot can be dangerous because car drivers tend to drive fast and the glare of the sun can momentarily blind them. So either use the walkway shown here or cross at a designated crosswalk.
I've seen the police give tickets for jay-walking.
Hiking in the Topanga State Park. Offers nice views of the Pacific ocean as well as Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, and Century City.
Fondest memory: A Califonria Highway Patrol (CHP) giving an escort to a film crew that was filming a motorcycle rider along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).