Top Adventures in Santa Monica

  • Spend a Day at the Santa Monica Pier

    *Unlimited photography options with the ferris wheel, beach, ocean, and sunsets *Abundant people watching opportunities  *Plenty of ways to get a workout in including swimming, volleyball courts, running, or riding a bike There is a bike and walki...

  • Run the Santa Monica Wooden Stairs

    The wooden Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio. There are around 120 steps that are steeper then the Santa Monica Concrete Stairs, which can provide a deep burn on the intended muscles!This place has been ...

  • Run the Santa Monica Concrete Stairs

    The concrete Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio. There are around 170 steps that are wider and easier than the Santa Monica wooden staircase.This place has been a hot spot in the Santa Monica fitness scen...

    0.1 miles 111 ft gain

  • Beach Volleyball at Will Rogers State Beach

    At PCH and West Channel there is a tunnel that goes underneath the highway leading you directly onto the beach. In the tunnel take a left up the stairs onto the bike path. Head south 250 feet and you will hit the first set of courts but be aware y...

  • Hike the Rustic Canyon Loop Trail

    The Rustic Canyon Loop Trail features a waterfall, and the trail is open year round. Recent washouts have made the trail hard to follow in spots - if you hike the trail counter clockwise, you'll see red paint that has been used to help people stay...

    4.8 miles 1079 ft gain

  • Hike the Inspiration Point Loop

    The Inspiration Point 2.1 mile loop hike in Will Rogers State Park is a family-friendly hike or after work run near Los Angeles. This hike is dog-friendly. 

    2.1 miles 324 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park

    You'll make your way up Will Rogers State Park Road, located just minutes from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Malibu, Palisades, and much of west Los Angeles. Once on the road, head all the way to the top and you'll dead end into the parking l...

  • Explore the Venice Canals

    The canals are a fun and quiet place to relax away from the hectic Venice boardwalk. Take a stroll through the canals or even get in a run! The reflections in the water are the main attraction and are great for photography. Spring, after some rain...

    1 miles

  • Hike to Murphy's Ranch

    This four mile out-and-back hike begins in the beginning of a very nice neighborhood in Santa Monica. You will be trekking on a dirt road for about 1.5 miles until you reach some stairs that will be visible on your left hand side. You will need to...

    4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Temescal Canyon Loop

    There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.6 milesThe loop beginning from Temescal Canyon Trail at Sunset Boulevard – 3.4 milesThe loop with the Bienveneda Trai...

    3.4 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Kayak the Marina Del Rey Harbor

    The Marina Del Rey harbor covers 1.5 square miles making it the world’s largest small-craft harbor. Located southwest of Los Angeles, it is the homeport to nearly 6,500 local boats, ranging from small fishing boats, large private yachts, and even ...

  • Hike to the Parker Mesa Overlook

    This 5.4-mile out-and back trail takes off from the end of the residential area of Paseo Miramar. Once you hike a little less than a quarter mile in, you'll connect with Los Liones Canyon Trail. Continue on Paseo Miramar Trail, which in another 2....

    5.4 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Acton, California

      Acton / Los Angeles North KOA

    • Palmdale, California

      Coulter Group Campground

      Overview At Coulter Group Campground groups can relax and enjoy the experience of being outdoors without traveling far from the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Angeles Crest Highway,...

    • Palmdale, California

      Meadow Group Campground

      Overview Meadow Group Campground is located off State Highway 2 between the Manzanita Loop of the Chilao Campground and the Chilao Ranger Station, 26 miles north of the 210 Freeway in La Canada, Ca...

    • Pearblossom, California

      Bandido Group Campground

      Overview Groups of all types will enjoy staying at the Bandido Group Campground, which boasts beautiful scenery in a relaxing, rustic atmosphere. The site accommodates groups of up to 150 campers, ...

    • Santa Paula, California

      Ventura Ranch KOA

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