Saturday, January 30, 2010

City of Arcadia LA Arboretum

The City of Arcadia is about 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles and has several interesting attractions. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Santa Anita Racetrack are the most visited places in Arcadia. The Arboretum is where many of the scenes from the TV series Fantasy Island were filmed. The bell tower where Tattoo rings the bell, is actually the Queen Anne Cottage. The plane, "arriving" with the guests, was filmed in the lagoon behind the Queen Anne Cottage and some of the outdoor scenes were filmed at the Arboretum. Santa Anita Racetrack is another point of interest in Arcadia. Along with seasonal horse racing the track offers free tours gives you which a behind-the scenes look at the stables; silks room and an exclusive look inside the jockeys dressing rooms. If your looking for a day trip from Los Angeles or Orange County the City of Arcadia is an excellent choice. Arcadia day trip.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mount Baldy San Gabriel Mountains

Mount Baldy is Southern California's other mountain destination. The correct name for the highest mountian in Los Angeles County is Mount San Antonio, although most people call it Old Baldy or Mount Baldy. During the winter months Mount Baldy is often covered with snow and visible form all of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Many people mistake Mount San Antonio for Big Bear but the two are two distinct mountains. When Baldy gets a really big snow fall its the closest Southern California ski area that compares with resorts in the Sierra Nevada. The steep terrain provides a local "big mountain" experience without the four hour drive north. Mt. Baldy is the steepest ski resort in Southern California and usually has more snowboarders than skiers beacuse of the technical challenge the terrain offers. There are four lifts and a total of 26 trails. Mt. Baldy is located about 45 miles from L.A. and Orange Counties. Mount Baldy ski area is located at Mt Baldy the end of Mt. Baldy Road Mt. Baldy, CA 91759 Phone Snow Report: 909-982-0800

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nethercutt Museum Sylmar California

Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar California house over 250 antique automobiles along with hundreds of other interesting pieces of history. Car enthusiasts as well history buffs are going to wonder why they have never heard of the Nethercutt Collection. The Nethercutt Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 9 Am to 4:30 pm. The Nethercutt Collection is only available to view by guided tour only on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 10:00am or 1:30pm. Also on the grounds is a full size 1937 Canadian Pacific locomotive with a 1912 Pullman private car. You can tour the Pullman car on Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The Nethercutt Museum and collection is a fascinating day trip and easy driving distance from just about anywhere in Los Angeles. Read more about the Nethercutt Museum Sylmar California

Monday, January 18, 2010

Things To Do On A Rainy Day Southern California

Most of California is in for a rainy week but even in the rain there are still things to do and places to see. Most shopping centers and outlet malls are covered or indoors and will be less crowded this week. Many merchants will be offering discounts to try and entice customers to come out in the rain The local mall is a good choice for a quick escape from being couped up in the house. For kids The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana (with two close by shopping malls) is an educational and fun place to visit. Plan on spending at least three hours here. There are over 120 hands on exhibits and attractions, all inside and out of the rain. Another fun indoor family attraction is the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Aquarium of the Pacific houses more than 12,500 ocean animals in 19 major habitats all indoors. More things to do in Southern California rain or shine.