Sun Valley Jose Mier as you know I was promoted several different day trips, all which can be accomplished starting from are beautiful community of Sun Valley. One of the most attractive features of the living in Southern California is the variety of landscapes in a small geographic area. It is possible for someone in Southern California to wake up, go skiing in snow covered mountains in the morning, drive one or two hours and go surfing in the ocean in the afternoon.
Possibilities like those are what makes Sun Valley such a great place to live, especially since we are located pretty much in the center of all this activity and by driving one hour either West or to the east, we can reach Snow on our mountains in the winter months or the Pacific ocean if we go the other way.
For this day trip we’re not saying you should pack all this into one day. No, today we’re merely talking about a trip to the snow, and specifically a visit to Mount Baldy on the northern edge of the Inland Empire. You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the mountain climate, fresh air in at this time of year Snow, but if you do ski there are opportunities for you to enjoy the sport by driving only an hour from Sun Valley.
Like most of the day trips we talk about on Sun Valley Jose Mier the directions for this one are also very easy. At the risk of repeating ourselves it’s because Sun Valley is located so close to so many Southern California freeways. To get to Mount Baldy from sun Valley the route is as follows:
Take the 5 freeway south to the 134 freeway east. The 134 turns into the 210 freeway when you get to Pasadena. Continue to follow the 210 freeway east until exit 52 in Claremont. Once you exit, go north on Mount Baldy Road until you reach your destination. All in all it will take just about an hour. Now with recent rains and snowfall, it’s a good time to visit our mountain resort areas. If you are one of those adventurous types you could even start with a swim the Pacific ocean in the morning and end your day in the snows of Mount Baldy. In fact that might be very attractive to those who are visiting from back East and the severe winter storms that they’re going through right now.
Sun Valley Jose Mier has compiled other day trips from Sun Valley but we wanted to make know of this suggestion in light of the fact that it seems Los Angeles County will be easing up on some of our coronavirus restrictions. That means within a few days outdoor dining should be available once again and we can take advantage of it.
Day trips from Sun Valley don’t have to be very long. I know we talked about trips to Orange County or the Santa Barbara area, but taking a trip to Beverly Hills is only a little over 30 minutes and it’s an opportunity to get out of Sun Valley and change of scenery for an afternoon or whatever you’d like to do.
For visitors to Southern California who are making Sun Valley their base of operations, Beverly Hills is usually one of those things the people want to see when they’re visiting us and it’s so easy. It’s actually an enjoyable drive over the Hollywood hills, including some twists and turns and then you’re in the midst of huge houses and fancy restaurants. Of course visitors to Southern California always want to take a walk down Rodeo Drive and our route will take you right there.
Our favorite way to get to Beverly Hills is to take Hollywood Way south to the 134 freeway. Hop on the 134 West, allow it to merge with the 101 freeway, exit on Coldwater Canyon and head south. Coldwater Canyon will take you over the Hollywood hills and it turns into Rexford Drive. Rexford will take you to Santa Monica Blvd. and it’s only a block or two to Rodeo Drive and shopping and dining. Total drive time: 34 minutes.
If you’re visiting Sun Valley take a quick jaunt over to Beverly Hills to hobnob with the rich and famous. If you’re at Sun Valley resident you could use the opportunity to grab some lunch now that restaurants are reopening. Don’t forget to patronize our Sun Valley restaurants too!
Sun Valley Jose Mier has posted other day trips which are easily done starting from Sun Valley and here’s one more: San Juan Capistrano. While George Washington and the founding fathers were busy declaring independence from Britain in 1776, on the other side of the continent Junipero Serra was founding the mission of San Juan Capistrano here in California.
The Spanish expedition which came from Mexico into California in 1769 included father Serra who is responsible for founding the mission system we have here in California. San Juan Capistrano is one of those missions. The mission system is very famous and draws a lot of tourists each year, but San Juan Capistrano is probably the most famous. It’s been featured in songs, movies and TV shows especially because swallows return to the mission on a specific date every year, St. Joseph’s day, which is March 19. If you’re unfamiliar with the legend of the swallows you can find out more about it on the mission’s website. You can also find out more about the city of San Juan Capistrano on the city website.
If you’re visiting Southern California and staying in Sun Valley it’s an incredibly easy trip, like just about every other trip we profile on Sun Valley Jose Mier. If you’ve never been to the mission it needs to be one of the trips you make when you visit Southern California. You can stroll around the beautifully-manicured grounds and take in over 240 years of history. When you’re there you feel like you’re in a place out of time, as if you’ve been transported to the 18th century. And it only takes an hour to find that special place.
As we’ve said it’s incredibly simple. Get on Interstate 5 self in Sun Valley and take it for just about an hour to exit 82. That’s it. See? It can’t get simpler than that. That’s why we continually say that Sun Valley is a great place to live and visit and is surrounded by so many fascinating locations here in Southern California. When you’re here you should try to take advantage of San Juan Capistrano and the mission. You won’t regret it.