Claremont is home to seven institutions of higher learning, so it's largely considered a college town. It sits in the Pomona Valley at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, 33 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. One of the few places in the country left with regal American elms that haven't succumbed to disease, Claremont's award-winning tree-lined streets are a source of national pride. Search for Claremont hotels and you can soon discover the lively, exuberant ambiance offered by this unique California town.
Claremont is located about 52 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). You can head into town by car, or arrive via public transportation. You can take buses or a combination of buses and trains until you get to LA's Union Station Metrolink Station, where you can catch the San Bernardino Line to Claremont. With this train connection, it's easy to also reach downtown Los Angeles, so many travelers choose to stay at hotels in Claremont before switching to Los Angeles hotels for a night or two in the big city.
While in Claremont proper, head to Indian Hill Boulevard near Memorial Park to marvel at the community's famous American elm trees. Be sure to stroll the quaint streets of "The Village," an area west of Claremont colleges that's packed with shops, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and the irreplaceable charm of a small town. Can't-miss landmarks include the interesting Folk Music Center and Museum and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest in existence dedicated exclusively to native California flora. The garden has about 2,000 different types across 86 beautiful acres, interrupted only by a lively butterfly pavilion, so rent a car in Claremont and head on over.
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