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The Perfect LA Afternoon: A Scenic Drive on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

(LA Trend) — Looking for adventure in Los Angeles but don’t want to go too far or spend much money?

Then take a drive along the Palos Verdes Peninsula and see what breathtaking sights are in store for you.

Begin your quest in the small parking lot at the intersection of Paseo del Mar and Palos Verdes Drive in Palos Verdes Estates. You’ll be greeted by gorgeous views of the South Bay region, which include shimmering coasts, rugged cliffs, and beautiful real estate in this wealthy neighborhood.

While the first part of this drive remains mostly inland with amazing houses to marvel at, the second part begins after Point Vicente, which consists of miles of heavenly oceanside sights and winding roads that cut through seemingly boundless hills.

Get ready for a surprising change of scenery once you hit San Pedro, where you’ll be met with mostly residential and industrial backdrops. While they may lack the inherent beauty of the previous legs of the trip, keep in mind that the Port of L.A. (also known as America’s Port), which you’ll see upon your arrival in San Pedro, is packed with fascinating Los Angeles history that’s definitely worth a look.

As you make your way down this unique drive and take in the wide array of vistas it offers, be sure to make some pit stops to explore some of the interesting landmarks that dot this peculiar section of Los Angeles County.

For example, Point Vicente Lighthouse is worth stopping by for a visit. This lovely lighthouse, built in 1926, stands 67 feet tall and overlooks an impressive 130-foot seaside cliff.

Don’t pass up a stop at Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church”, that was designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright) and serves as a memorial to the 18th century scientist and theosopher, Emanuel Swedenborg.

And what better way to end this afternoon drive than with a stopover at the Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro. This massive bronze bell is housed in a stone pavilion and has been featured in numerous films and music videos.

This may not be an expensive weekend at an exclusive spa in an exotic country, but this relaxed drive is the perfect way to get out of the house and scratch that itch for some adventure.


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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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