3 of our favorite relaxing nature getaways in Greater LA.

3 of our favorite relaxing nature getaways in Greater LA.

A couple of easy Southern California day trips we know you’ll love!

Are you looking to get out into nature this weekend? If you live in Southern California, or are planning a visit soon, we’ve got you covered with some nearby spots you can venture out into every time you need to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Take a short trip and find yourself in the calm of nature! Take in the peace and solitude of a lake, or a waterfall! Or, even gaze at an elegant peacock as it spreads its feathers! Without traveling far!

Let’s get out into nature!

Number 1. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

The LA Arboretum

The 127-acre LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia is a peaceful place to spend the day! It’s calm, relaxing, and feels like you’re 100 miles from the city. Plan to spend a good part of your day here. It’s big! And, there’s lots to do!

One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter is the many peacocks. And, if you just might see a couple of them spread their elegant feathers. Also, there’s the Meyberg Waterfall. Our favorite features of the Arboretum. It’s set back a little ways. But, well worth the trek. You can walk up to the top and watch as the water falls. You’ll love it!

The Arboretum is located below the San Gabriel Mountains, just south of I-210, across from the Santa Anita Race Track, at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA. 

They’re open daily except for Christmas Day. 

A little something extra..

The Arboretum occasionally has free admission! Check their website to see if there are any free admission days coming up before planning a trip. You might just find a free day that fits!


Number 2. The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to spend time in LA. We love that when you enter you immediately feel the relaxation present throughout the Garden.

The Garden is moderately sized. So, you can spend just an hour or two to relax for a bit. However, if you walk slowly and take your time, you’ll find that each section of the garden is intentionally designed and very calming. You can schedule a Docent Tour in advance. Docents will lead you through the garden explaining the history and culture of SuihoEn. 

The Japanese Garden is located in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area of the San Fernando Valley, in the community of Lake Balboa, on the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, next to Woodley Park, at 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406. 

At the time of this blog being written, they’re open Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 4:00pm & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Last entry is at 3:15pm. They’re closed on all City of Los Angeles Holidays and within 24 hours of rain. So, be sure to call on the day you wish to visit to make sure the Garden is open.

A little something extra...

The Japanese Garden is affordably priced. At the time this blog is being written: Adults $5, Seniors 62+ $3, Children 12 and under $3. (However, check their website for current prices.)


Number 3. The Beach!

Yes. We know, it’s one of the first places you think about when you think of Southern California and nature. But, simple and easy is what we’re all about. And, there are so many great beaches that you can easily access. You can scrap most of the planning and head out. Take a stroll, jump in the water, watch the sunset. All the magic is here!

We know there are so many beaches to choose from. So, we’ve linked to three of our favorites.

(So, altogether it’s really like we’re sharing more than three of our favorite nature spots!!!)

Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach

Ventura Pier Beach, Ventura 

El Matador State Beach, Malibu

On average, expect to pay $10 - $20 to park for the day at most beaches. (Or, do like we often do, and search the local streets for free or metered parking!)

A little something extra...

If you’d like to avoid traffic you can even take the train to a couple of awesome beaches! 

Find out more at https://www.metrolinktrains.com/destinations/beaches/

Wishing you peace, love and many wondrous adventures! 

Keisha & Jon of Nyevu Moisturizing Soap Company

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