Every time you drive in the southwestern part of the Los Angeles County, you are going to notice a promontory sprouting from the sea in the distance. I am referring to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Believe when I say this is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities in the county (no, I am not referring to its wealthy inhabitants either).
A lot of people in the area forget (or have not taken the time to admire) the ruggedness of the area. I am talking about the colorful cliffs and cobalt sea that extend for miles. There are miles of trails throughout the land where tons of geological wonders await. Wildlife is in every turn (not huge animals but some interesting ones). And for those who don’t want to spend a dime, there are many free of charge opportunities in the area.
Here are ideas of what you can do in the area:
–San Vicente Lighthouse and Interpretative Center – From this area, you can walk next to magnificent sea views. The Interpretative Center offers an overview about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area. Additionally, there is good information about day hikes (some are guided and free of charge).
–Abalone Cove Shoreline Park – Another good option to admire tide pools and beautiful views.
–Lunada Bay – A famed surf spot.
–Wayfarers Chapel – This is a transparent glass chapel among Redwood trees. It was designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of the famous Franklin Lloyd Wright. This is a very impressive sight. Don’t miss it.
–South Coast Botanical Garden – This is an 87 acre garden with about 150, 000 plants and trees. Nice place to take pictures.
–Portuguese Bend – This is an interesting geological spot. The ground in here is totally unstable. This means it is constantly on movement. Yes, you read right. The constant tectonic shifts cause rock (and earth) slides. As you can imagine, a road passing thru the bend is in perpetual reparation.
–Malaga Cove Plaza – Shopping area built in a Mediterranean revival style.
As you can see, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is full of many interesting places. A day trip to the area will lift you mood notably (sunshine, sea and sky, what else do you need?).
If you need more motivation, here are some photos I have taken of the area. For more photos, don’t forget to take a look at mu post about wildlife in the area.
Have you discovered a rugged and wild area in the middle (or close) to a city? Let me know in the comments section below.