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Weekend Trips

Santa Monica Mountains

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and scenic viewpoints are some of the activities this area offers. Not only does Los Angeles have Griffith Park, the largest urban park in the U.S., but it also has the Santa Monica Mountains, a designated national recreation area. Drive along Mulholland Drive for scenic views of both the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles basin. There are numerous parks and trails for walking and hiking throughout the area.

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are accessible for day trips or a multi-day camping experience. The boat ride out to the islands can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself, since travelers are often treated to sights of surfing dolphins and spouting whales. Once visitors reach the islands, recreational options abound, including hiking, camping, sailing, boating, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking. Each island's network of nature trails showcases its particular flora and fauna, and long stretches of white sand remain unspoiled.

Bird Watching

Ventura County provides many recreational opportunities in a beautiful natural setting of coastal plain that includes the Santa Clara River estuary, forest-canopied mountains and interior valleys. Elevation varies from sea level to 8,831 feet at the summit of Mt. Pinos. Mugu Lagoon and the Los Padres National Forest are globally important bird areas. 457 bird species have been recorded in the county including a Xantus's Hummingbird.  Field trips are regularly offered by two Audubon chapters that sponsor two Christmas counts Channel Islands trips can be scheduled through The Channel Islands National Park is recognized as an important breeding and resting area for a variety of seabirds. 

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Channel Islands