Los Angeles is surrounded by diverse natural landscapes. Even within its boundaries, Los ANgeles sees fertile green spaces, rocky canyons and golden sand beaches, all within a few dozen kilometers of each other. Anyone who’s a returning guest of the Miyako Hotel Torrance Restaurant and spa will probably know just how diverse even the area of Redondo Beach is.
Most people have probably heard of the Hollywood Hills and Venice Beach, but when you scratch under the surface, there are many more natural forming and landscaped parks, reserves and recreation areas to explore in the great Los Angeles region. This blog will highlight some of the hidden gems that guests of the Miyako Hotel Torrance CA might have missed the first time round.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
A slightly smaller park than more popular green spaces in central Los Angeles, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area has more to it than you might first think, attracting fishing enthusiasts, barbecue foodies and more to the lovely expanse in the Culver City area.
Madrona Marsh Preserve And Nature Center
The Madrona Marsh Preserve is easy to reach from the Miyako Hotel and Ise-Shima Japanese Restaurant in Torrance and consists of 43 acres of former oil wells. Rehabilitated into wetland marshes and vernal pools, the Madrona Marsh is a key habitat for birds and wildflowers, making it a great afternoon out for families and eco-scientists alike.
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
Another bird-oriented recreation area, the Whittier Narrows are situated in the South El Monte area of East Los Angeles and includes beautiful lakes and grasslands. On top of this, over 300 species of bird have been known to nest, migrate and feed at Whittier, attracting everything from turkey vultures to American Kestrels.
Limestone Canyon Regional Park
Situated in the south of Orange County, Limestone Canyon stretches more than 4000 acres and is part of the Irvine Ranch Open Space group, which preserves natural areas of interest in the south of the state. Nestled below the Santa Ana Mountains, the”mini grand canyon” is home to limestone cliff faces forests of oak trees, making for a scenic oasis in the Orange County area.
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park is situated on the Pacific Coast and close to the Huntington Beach Beach City. Easily reached from Miyako Hotel Torrance massage places along the Pacific Highway, Crystal Cove State Park is a haven for beach bluffs, tide pools and even a vibrant and diverse underwater park full of marine life.
Topanga State Park
Topanga State Park, complete with its views over the Santa Monica Mountains and nearby attractions such as the Getty Museum inspire visions of the wild west. The beautiful mountainous region is thought to be the largest park in the Los Angeles area and has a long Native American history, with legendary tribes such as the Chumash and Tongva having settled here for thousands of years before European colonies. With plenty of hiking trails, hills, canyons and mountains to explore, this 11000 acre park has thirty-six miles worth of walking routes.