One of the largest cities in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is nestled in a picturesque valley between the Angeles and Los Padres national forests. It boasts one of the region’s best theme parks and an array of leafy trails to explore and sits on the doorstep of the Mentryville ghost town.
Things to do in Santa Clarita
Cyclists can explore the Santa Clarita Valley on the Santa Clara River Trail, which winds along the waterway from Canyon Country to Valencia. Relax in one of the scenic parks along the route or connect with the picturesque San Francisquito Creek Trail and the South Fork Trail through the Angeles National Forest.
If you love roller coasters, visit the Six Flags Magic Mountain in the community of Valencia, which boasts the most roller coasters in the world. Experience the Japanese folklore and mythology attractions at Samurai Summit and meet your favourite “Looney Tunes” characters at Bugs Bunny World.
In need of some retail therapy? Hit the shops at Valencia Town Center, with the mall anchored by big-name department stores like Macy’s and J.C. Penney. There’s a great selection of restaurants and fast-food eateries, together with a children’s play area and carousel.
Wander through the atmospheric ghost town of Mentryville, a 19th-century boom oil settlement in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains. This California Historical Landmark has become a popular filming location, with scenes from “The Color Purple” and “The X-Files” shot here.
Getting around Santa Clarita
Los Angeles International Airport is just under one hour’s drive from Santa Clarita and the city is connected to downtown Los Angeles by regular train services. Buses travel throughout Santa Clarita Valley, while the city also has a good network of cycling and walking trails.