Rancho Palos Verdes, California, might be one of the posher parts of Los Angeles County, but you'd never guess it from the area's history. Purchased in the early 20th century by a group of New York bankers for what a single home would cost today, this 16,000-acre space originally contained spray-soaked cliffs, rocky stretches of coast, clusters of eucalyptus, and not much else. Today, though, hotels near Rancho Palos Verdes enjoy ample access to a natural refuge secreted away within the concrete sprawl of the Big Orange.
Visiting Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the nearest major airport, and although public transportation options, including buses, taxis, and trains, abound, travelers really need rental cars in Rancho Palos Verdes to truly get the most out of their trips, especially if they happen to be staying at Los Angeles hotels. For example, Palos Verdes Drive, a 14-mile jaunt with breathtaking views and potential gray whale sightings, is one of the most iconic routes in America. If you really want to maximize your chances of seeing these majestic mammals, make your way to Point Vicente Lighthouse, which also features a museum. Poke around the tidal pools at Lucinda Bay as well as the rusting wreck of an old Greek freighter, or enjoy a view of the coast while teeing up at Trump National Golf Course (where every hole boasts an ocean view). The South Coast Botanic Garden serves as a scenic escape for families, with exhibits and activities planned for all ages. When hunger beckons, cruise down Palos Verdes Drive again for restaurants offering contemporary American cuisine, seafood, and Asian grub. A number of Rancho Palos Verdes hotels and resorts also serve excellent gourmet fare.
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