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The steep, green Santa Monica Mountains stretch from Malibu all the way to downtown Los Angeles with surprisingly quick access to the wilderness. Hike the extensive trail network — some 500 miles — of this coastal range, marked with numerous historical and cultural sites (Native American cultural centers, famous movie ranches), which rewards hikers with glittering city vistas and sweeping views across the Pacific Ocean. For adventurers, the epic Backbone Trail is one of the most diverse treks.

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Griffith Observatory

Enjoy a dazzling view of L.A. all lit up at night and learn about the cosmos at the same time
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Biking the Boardwalk

Take one of our complimentary beachcombers and pedal all or part of The Strand, a 26-mile coastal cycling path that extends from Pacific Palisades to Torrance
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cycling path to Pacific Park

Pacific Park

Pacific Park is an iconic oceanfront amusement park located on the Santa Monica Pier.