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Parks and nature in California

Top parks

Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 986 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Balboa Park has so much to offer, beautiful scenery, museums, ethnically diverse, historically rich, culturally abundant! Get lost in time exploring!”
  • 1044 locals recommend
Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 723 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Named after the iconic Joshua Trees that grow only in the park & in some other areas close to the park, lots of sightseeing & hiking options & only about an hour from Palm Springs. Go early to avoid long lines to enter. Joshua Tree is a cool little town to check out as well, lots of eating & shopping options, it has an eclectic art community.”
  • 383 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of good hiking with breathtaking views from cliffs over Del Mar/La Jolla. May not allow dogs in certain areas. Check State Parks site for rules. ”
  • 519 locals recommend
Park
“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
  • 759 locals recommend
Park
“This is a “must visit”. Great views of LA and the Hollywood sign. The museum in the Observatory is free. There are lots of hiking trails to explore in the park. ”
  • 347 locals recommend
Museum
“Fun place to take the family. Go to the museum and then have a picnic in the garden. Bring a blanket and listen to live music on the weeks! Jazz in the park is always my favorite. Look online to see the schedule and what events they have going on.”
  • 311 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Ski Area
“Located in Downtown Big Bear, the Alpine Slides is the place to go if you have kids. Take them on a electrifying bobsled ride down the mountain, make a splash going down the waterslides, or in the winter, go tubing.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Park
“Pan Pacific Park is the largest park closest to A Fine Residence. It is approximately 3/4 of a mile or a 15 minute walk. This park is not fenced so dog owners will need to bring a leash. It is across the street from The Grove and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust designed by Belzberg Architects. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Museum
“Great for kids aged from 2 to 10. One of our favorite places to visit on a weekend afternoon.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Bar
“Perfect for groups with kids. There is a cute little play area great food and drinks. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Park
“• 4 hour roundtrip, 20 minute walk from home - Nearby park with incredible views of SF - Walk through Haight Ashbury and pick up a drink/snack on the way there or back - Make sure to get to the very top to catch a 360 view of SF”
  • 115 locals recommend
Park
“The place for seal sightings at the children pool, and breath taking views, best in town. Take a walk down a mine to the ocean, stroll through the shops, and stop for coffee and dessert. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Park
“This park has a community center, community pool, new children's playground, baseball diamonds, library, soccer area, duck pond, tennis courts, rose garden, picnic areas, and lots of open spaces for people to spread out. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Museum
“This interactive hands-on museum is a great place for kids to explore and experiment with the natural world in a rich and controlled environment.”
  • 57 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. There is also seals and sea lions everywhere! If you want to make the most out of this experience contact me and you can enjoy an amazing tour from a locals eyes.”
  • 391 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“This is a CALIFORNIA State Park with beautiful blue-green waters of Lake Tahoe. Lots to do and see, make this a full day trip. Pick up a lotto ticket before heading back to Nevada if you are feeling lucky.”
  • 169 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Go here on a warm day to see San Francisco iconic Ocean Beach. In the summer evenings its legal to have a bonfire, so check online and bring your own wood!”
  • 233 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the main landmarks of Huntington Beach, also known as "Surf City, USA", the pier is the center of the city's prominent beach culture. A popular meeting place for surfers. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Beach
“Mission Beach is a laid-back neighborhood whose namesake sands attract surfers, sunbathers and volleyball players. A paved path curls around Mission Bay, a popular spot for water sports. Belmont Park is a small amusement park with a wooden roller coaster built in 1925, while SeaWorld San Diego has marine shows and up-close views of orcas and dolphins. Mission Boulevard is lined with casual cafes and eateries.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Beach
“Great vibes, great food, nice people, amazing views and fun boutique shops! Really cool place to take photos! ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Outdoor Gym
“You've heard about the infamous muscle beach? Great! So, go check it out while you are here! Yes, they really do work out that much and love to strut their stuff!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Beach
“Nice beach, tide pools, nature center. Also is a monarch butterfly migration destination Oct-Feb each year.”
  • 128 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
  • 351 locals recommend
National Park
“Must visit Sherman Tree (biggest in the world) and Walk the Congress Trail all the way up!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Park
“A very nice and beautiful hiking spot. The parking is plenty and there is a lot of shade during the hiking which allows you to start anytime. Halfway to the vista point there's a cute farm where you can see nice farm animals chilling and roaming around. There are even wild deers roaming around sometimes if you are lucky enough to catch them. Most hikes are pretty easy (about five miles) and offers a great view when you reach the top. You can also challenge yourself with PGE trail which is nine miles. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Amazing place to get into nature, expansive views of the city and ocean and get a workout!”
  • 175 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Go to the Discovery Center for trail maps, tours, activities for the kids, and more. Currently under remodel, the center is slated to re-open in July 2020. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“This is a very close 20 min max drive where you can walk around a 3/4 mile trail in a grove of the largest trees in the park. The closest big bang for the time short outing to see redwood trees if you've never seen them, or even if you have!”
  • 139 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Has beautiful sightseeing, great play to just get out for the day and see all what nature has to offer.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Trail
“BEST MOUNTAIN. Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain located in the San Carlos neighborhood, within the City of San Diego, San Diego County, California. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. It is protected within Mission Trails Regional Park. Difficult but worth the hike straight up - the BEST VIEWS of the city!”
  • 140 locals recommend
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