The San Gabriel Valley is east of Los Angeles, and is named for the San Gabriel River which runs through it, and makes it one of Southern California’s most picturesque places to live and to visit. When you’re ready to look somewhat beyond the borders of the Valley, there are a number of day trips which can be immensely entertaining, and which can satisfy that urge to travel and see the sights of the world.
If you’d like to see some truly spectacular scenery, Turnbull Canyon will provide some views that you won’t want to miss. Just east of The Valley, you’ll be able to drive through Whittier and pick up the Turnbull Canyon Road, which will lead to a parking lot where you can stop and take a short hike to reach the canyon. Once you pass the Water Tower, your eyes will be greeted by some magnificent views of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, as well as the Los Angeles Basin to the east.
The Altadena Farmers’ Market
Visitors come from miles around to make their purchases at this famous Farmers’ Market, which is host to a wide variety of arts and crafts from local artisans. You’ll also be able to purchase fresh produce, as well as fresh, tasty seafood, and goods from a number of vendors who regularly sell their wares at the Market.
People who enjoy walking outdoors will love this day trip, because it features hiking trails which have all different levels of difficulty, including a very easy stroll right to the Falls, so you can enjoy the soothing activity of the falling cascades. There are also some really gorgeous hikes through the canyon country of the San Gabriel Mountains. You’ll also find some areas of historical interest, including the last operational pack mule station in the U.S., as well as the oldest Forest Service structure, which still occupies the original site it was constructed on.
Old Town Pasadena
The big attractions at Old Town Pasadena are shopping, dining, and entertainment, so if any of these appeal to you, you’ll certainly have a great time on your day trip visit. You might start your visit off with a trip to the Intelligentsia cafe for coffee, then move on to Colorado Avenue and spend some time at the Paseo Mall, before seeing a movie at the Arclight Movie House or perhaps a play at the Pasadena Playhouse. There’s even an ice skating rink if you’d like to enjoy a relaxing skate for a while. Then you can end your visit with a wonderful meal at one of the area’s top-notch fine dining restaurants, either the Union Restaurant or at Vacion.