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Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #2 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We weren't sure where to start exploring the Santa Monica Mountains! Having read a review on Trip Advisor, we opted for Will Rogers State Park. The trails were easy and clearly signed. The views were spectacular! We would have liked to have spent longer in the area as we love hiking but we managed two wonderful trails in an afternoon.... More

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Perth, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Hiking to the top of the Canyons in the Santa Monica mountains gives you a great view from Santa Monica/Malibu all the way out to Downtown LA (40 minutes away) Some hikes are easier than others! It's worth the trek!

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Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The sun rises here around 6am. Take a ride to the Santa Monica Mountains down Pacific Highway and then up into the mountains to catch the first rays of sunlight. Views a well worth the early start.

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Los Angeles, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
39 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. I grew up in Santa Monica and was a runner so I have seen a lot of them. If you are a tourist, the best place to start is Will Rodgers State Park. They have trials that are clearly laid out and provide beautiful vantage points. There is also a bathroom and... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We hiked in the Franklin Canyon Park, which is part of the Santa Monica Mountains. The weather was beautiful the day we were there, so we never got too hot. It's a fun day trip.

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Wildwood, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were able to take a ride on Mulholland Drive and made several stops to enjoy the views. It was wonderful to be able to take in all the beauty.

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New York City, New York
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181 attraction reviews
1,558 helpful votes 1,558 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Santa Monica Mountains have easy trails as well as more difficult ones. When you are there the views are plentiful. The breeze comes off the water and it is supposed to be the best air around La.

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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Good clean beach with lots of other people around It is safe but bring your own chairs and an umbrella Nearby refreshment and bathrooms

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Tucson, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was born in Santa Monica and used to drive through these mountains all the time. Before the freeway was built, there was just Sepulveda Blvd that went through to the San Fernando Valley, and it was a lovely drive. One place you don't want to miss when in the Santa Monica area.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

If your'e in town and wanting a lively hike to burn off all the delicious meals you are eating while in town, then the Santa Monica Mountains is the place for you! There are gentle hikes and challenging hikes and the views are unparalleled. I would say go with friends, in the unlikely case that you get lost on a... More

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