Santa Clarita Valley
The Santa Clarita Valley rests between the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) and the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Hwy 14), with new growth swelling beyond these borders. The valley is about 200 square miles, 56.8 square miles of which belong to the City of Santa Clarita.
There are a couple of highlights one should see when visiting the SCV, and include:
Six Flags Magic Mountain is by far the most well-known attraction in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV). But there are hundreds of interesting attractions and things to do in the valley. Whether you want to get up close to bison, big cats, horses, or farm animals, you can do it here. The Hollywood's movie production in Santa Clarita dates back to the industry's infancy, and is still going strong, so there are many ways you can experience Hollywood in this suburban utopia. If it's the Old West you want to experience, you can do that in the SCV as well.
The City of Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987, so much of the valley has a new, "Disneyland" feel to it. Spend some time in Valencia Town Center, the valley's mecca of shopping and dining. Although the SCV hotel occupancy rates are some of the highest in Los Angeles County, it's a great place to stay as many of them are quite new. The SCV's close proximity to the ocean (45 minutes), Hollywood (40 minutes), Beverly Hills (45 minutes), Disneyland (1.5 hours), and Santa Barbara (1.5 hours) make it a great place to settle into 'base camp' to explore all that the Los Angeles area has to offer.
The Valley is full of ethnic dining options, from Argentinean to Vietnamese. Check out the Wine Bars for chef prepared tapas.
The Santa Clarita Valley is a pretty dry town, with the exception of a few wine bars, a winery and a couple of neighborhood bars that have survived from the early days. This could be a contributing factor to why Santa Clarita has often been named in the top safest places to live in the country.
One of the things often discussed among the residents is the lack of nightlife. While you won't find a plethora of clubs and bars, there are several available.