Outside the City Attractions in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Basin is a large area that holds a multitude of natural and man-made attractions. With such a spread-out metropolitan area, it is hard to tell what is in the city and out of the city!

Six Flags sits in on this list both for itself and as a stand-in for the various amusement parks that are located in the greater Los Angeles area. Disneyland in Orange County is the most well-known and is an all-around iconic example. Knott's Berry Farm is nearby in the O.C. and in the San Fernando Valley (with its own the Red Line subway stop) there is the amusement mash-up of Universal City.

Beaches are a big part of the local mystique here in Southern California. Zuma Beach is a popular beach in Malibu with low-key waves; many more beaches are listed on this Beach Guide.

The selections here from Long Beach ( The Queen Mary), the San Fernando Valley ( Mission San Fernando) and Orange County ( Orange Empire Railway Museum) are just the tip of the iceberg. These locations are large, thriving communities with a unique local scene.

Other relatively nearby Spanish Missions include Mission San Gabriel, Mission Buenaventura (Ventura), Mission San Juan Capistrano (Orange County), and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

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50770 Seminole Drive

Dinosaurs in Cabazon, as seen in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"... read more

Six Flags California (Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor)

26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Magic Mountain Pkwy. (off Golden State Fwy. [I-5 N]), Valencia

Amusement park opened in 1971... read more

Malibu Country Mart

3835 Cross Creek Rd.

Low-key upscale shopping center... read more

The Queen Mary

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1126 Queen's Hwy
End of I-710

Historic luxury liner... read more

Mission San Fernando

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15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Mission Hills

Glimpse at L.A.'s Past... read more

Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio Trail

Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio Trail brings you to the top of the crown jewel of the San Gabriel Mountains, majestic Mt. San Antonio (10,064 ft. elevation) towers over all other peaks in the range... read more

Orange Empire Railway Museum

2201 South A Street

Time Travel on the Railway... read more

Santa Anita Park

285 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia

Hoofs and tails... read more
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