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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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Expensive Shopping

Wonderful shops and restaurants but not for the slight of pocket. Expensive part of L.A. so you don't find cheap shopping, but there is great stuff... everything from clothing to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Chave K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful shops and restaurants but not for the slight of pocket. Expensive part of L.A. so you don't find cheap shopping, but there is great stuff... everything from clothing to housewares to restaurants.

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Sherman, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we took a guided tour thru the mountains that ended with a hike around the SM mountains and it was amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I made it through the Santa Monica Mountains quite by accident. I was on my way to a hotel for a business trip and decided to "explore". What I found in these mountains is a majestic wonderland, and quite a hidden secret. Gorgeous majestic mountains with ocean views in the distance. I just had to stop, take a deep breath,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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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