Arcadia is a city nestled within the San Gabriel Valley at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, situated in Los Angeles County northeast of the downtown area. This family-friendly district sits at the mouth of extensive natural attractions while encompassing a large urban retail and entertainment atmosphere, revolved around the famous Santa Anita Racetrack.
Santa Anita Park is the reigning attraction in Arcadia, known worldwide as the frequent host location of the Breeder’s Cup Races and site of the prestigious Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Handicap. Another notable tourist interest in Arcadia is the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, an equally beautiful arboretum and historic site. The nearby Angeles National Forest and Wilderness Park make for additional natural allures.
Arcadia is most easily accessed by car, served by many interconnected roads including the major Interstate 210, Foothill Boulevard, and Huntington Drive. Limited public transit is provided by the Metro Gold Line at Arcadia Station.
The undeniable natural beauty of the Arcadia area is responsible for its utilisation in many films including Seabiscuit, North, Matilda, and Deal of a Lifetime. Additionally, the area has been featured in TV shows, most notably Fantasy Island and three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.