Jul 28

Franklin Canyon Park is a public park located near the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. It rests on 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. The park boasts a three-acre Lake, ponds, wildflowers, chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, variety of wildlife and over five miles of hiking trails.

Popular activities include hiking, cycling, picnicking and bird watching. Its three main trails – Discovery, Berman, and Hastain are great for novice to intermediate hikers. Franklin Canyon Park also features the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, the Sam Goldman Amphitheater, and the Eugene and Michael Rosenfeld Auditorium. Park areas are available for an indoor party, meeting, or wedding with a beautiful view. Dogs are allowed on leash. The Reservoir Loop trail is perfect for introducing young children to the outdoors, or for a peaceful walk.

Franklin Canyon Park is truly a peaceful oasis hidden in the city of Los Angeles near Beverly Hills’ backyard. While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only few miles away from the Franklin Canyon Park. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 21

The White Point Nature Preserve is a 102 acres area of re-established coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and handicap access trails, and a new Nature Education Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean, located in San Pedro. The Center opened in 2010 which serves as a resource for families, students and the public groups. There are miles of trails which hold various interpretive exhibits and surrounded by native plant demonstration gardens and bird watching. Except hiking trails the preserve is packed with wildlife, and local history.  You will also see a huge WWII bunker – a 4,000 square feet of pure concrete. Atop the bunker is an artificial hill that affords some of the most amazing, sweeping Pacific Ocean views.

A beautiful rocky beach great for exploring the amazing tide pools and most of the coastline there is cliff. Beginner and expert divers will find interesting underwater vistas to explore. The area is rich in reefs and kelp around the point is harbors for the elusive critters.

Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Center Hours: 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

For nature lovers that also happen to be history buffs, a hike in White Point Nature Preserve is a must see. While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only few miles away from the White Point Nature Preserve. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 14

The Portuguese Bend Reserve is the largest area of natural vegetation remaining in the rolling hills of Palos Verdes Peninsula, in Los Angeles County. This reserve is home to coastal sage scrub habitat, a community of intensely fragrant and highly drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. With close floral and faunal similarities to the Channel Islands, area a natural research laboratory for the study of island biogeography and evolutionary ecology.

Hikers, off-road bicyclists and equestrians of all ages are welcome to enjoy many miles of trails and take in the surrounding natural beauty of the peninsula. The most popular is the Burma Road Trail. There are lots of other short trails winding way through the hills which give you a lot of ocean-viewing sights with a single track line that follows the road which offers amazing ocean views. The area also serves as habitat to many migrating birds moving through the region in fall and spring. Dogs must be on leash are allowed for a hike.

While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only a few miles away from the Portuguese Bend Reserve. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 07

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located along the built-up Orange County coast and near Long Beach County. Established in 1972, it includes 911 acres of remnant saltwater marsh and upland habitat serves as an important stopover and wintering area along the Pacific Flyway for shorebirds.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is destined to protect two endangered bird species as the California Least tern and the light-footed clapper rail. Some of the rare species are California brown pelican, peregrine falcon, Belding’s savannah sparrow, Waterfowl, shore and wading birds. Public use is restricted and monthly public tours of the refuge and nature center are offered to the public to see the unique bird watching. The refuge is available and open for all ages. Also restore the area natural habitat and attract more native wildlife.

Hours:  Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The garden and marsh would be best seen during the spring for the garden bloom or fall for the migration of birds.

Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Long Beach, very close to the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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