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Santa Monica Mountains

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Address: Santa Monica, CA
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Part of the National Recreation Area.

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I could look at them all day

Wait a minute I think I did. Perfect backdrop to the water and city. As good as it gets. Remember this and the water, that's why you came here. Enjoy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
wasntme58
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Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wait a minute I think I did. Perfect backdrop to the water and city. As good as it gets. Remember this and the water, that's why you came here. Enjoy!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went for an awesome hike in the Santa Monica Mountains with my brother this spring and I really loved it. The views are gorgeous and it's not too far from the city but far enough that it's less crowded than hikes like Runyon.

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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

What a terrific public park we have at our disposal!!! Well maintained trails, majestic views, beautiful terrain, and just minutes from Los Angeles!! From April-October just respect the fact that there is an occasional Rattlesnake siting. They normally stay away from us like we try to stay away from them. Have lived here most of my life, and have seen... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

As you drive Pacific Coast Highway 1 northbound the Santa Monica Mountains form a painterly backdrop for Malibu and Malibu Beach.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The Santa Monica mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the north of the Los Angeles area. They also provide a pretty recreational area that has hiking and biking trails and some roads that give a nice overlook to the Los Angeles area.

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Arroyo Grande
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Traveled the Mulholland Drive from the northern most entry point to Old Topanga Road by motorcycle. You have to love the twisties. If you're there on the weekend, the Rock House will be open.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Definitely worth the climbs up these mountain trails. The paths are wide and the footing is fairly stable. You can get to great view points within about an hour. Be prepared for sun with a hat, sunscreen, and water. There are no restrooms so be prepared for using the good old outdoors if necessary. Although sneakers are ok, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

This is something every person should have on there buck list. There is definitely some breath taking moments I dont even think my pictures do any justice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

There is far more to this area than LA. We spent 2 days driving in the mountains with magnificent views. Visit the ranger stations for maps and information and get away from the crowds.Many hiking trails, ranches, stunt motor cyclists, horseback riding and so many bendy roads. Information about native Indian tribes was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Not just the mountains, but the entire setting is beautiful. You'll see what I mean once you're there.

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