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Santa Clarita

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Santa Clarita[18] is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 63 66 68 72 79 86 94 94 90 82 71 64
Nightly lows (°F) 36 37 38 41 46 50 56 56 52 46 41 36
Precipitation (in) 2.7 2.4 2.4 1.2 0.4 --- --- 0.1 0.3 0.3 1.7 1.8

Check Santa Clarita's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest and most convenient airport is in Burbank. Other nearby airports are in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County.

Primetime Shuttle offers shared-ride vans to/from LAX. Stand under the orange "shared ride vans" sign in the center concrete island outside the LAX airport. Tell a customer service representative that you need a ride to Santa Clarita. They are easy to identify by their red jackets. If no representative is available, then flag down a red van with a "Santa Clarita" placard in the windshield. Approximate cost is $30 per person. Approximate time to Santa Clarita is 1 hour.

The cheapest way to get to Santa Clarita from LAX is to use MetroLink. Stand under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long-Distance Vans" sign in the center concrete island outside the LAX airport. Board a blue FlyAway bus heading to Union Station (there are FlyAway buses going to Van Nuys and Westwood as well), $4 one-way (a 30-minute trip). It is a large charter-style bus, and is occasionally not labeled. FlyAway buses operate every half hour, 24 hours a day. If you are boarding at the airport, you will not be charged until you get to your destination. At Union Station follow the MetroLink signs. Walk to the Metro Green Line (Antelope Valley Line) in Union Station. Inside the terminal is an automated kiosk for purchasing tickets. One way tickets are $8 on weekdays, $6 on weekends. There is a discount for seniors and disabled reducing the one way ticket fare to $4. The travel time is approximately 1 hour which cuts off as much as 45 minutes with the traffic conditions at times.

By train[edit]

The closest full-service Amtrak station is LAX at Union Station. From there you would take the MetroLink Antelope Valley line up to Santa Clarita. At Union Station follow the MetroLink signs. Walk to the Metrolink Tracks 3 & 4 (Antelope Valley Line) in Union Station. Inside the terminal is an automated kiosk for purchasing tickets. One way tickets are $8 on weekdays, $6 on weekends. There is a discount for seniors and disabled reducing the one way ticket fare to $4. The travel time is approximately 1 hour which cuts off as much as 45 minutes with the traffic conditions at times.

By car[edit]

From Downtown Los Angeles or other southern cities take the 5 freeway north. Santa Clarita starts with Lyons Avenue/Pico Canyon Exit and ends around Hasley Canyon Exit. Slightly West of the 5 freeway in Los Angeles is the 101 North to the 170 North which ends at the 5 North freeway. In South West Los Angeles the 405 North also connects to the 5 freeway North. From the North East, the 14 (Antelope Valley) freeway South will take you to Santa Clarita, exiting at Soledad Canyon.

By Taxi[edit]

  • Southland Yellow Cab Co (661) 723-2227
  • United Taxi of Los Angeles (661) 267-9850
  • Yellow Cab of Santa Clarita (661) 260-2227
  • Yellow Star Cab Santa Clarita (661) 288-7800

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Santa Clarita Transit operates bus routes throughout the city. Full fare for a single ride is $1, with children 5 and under free. Adults over 60 ride for a reduced fare of $.50/single ride. Transfers are free.

By bicycle[edit]

Santa Clarita has many bike paths and paseos. You can easily get around by bicycle as everything is connected by paseos where you can avoid waiting for traffic lights. A map of the bike paths is available online.

By horse[edit]

There is a large equestrian community in Santa Clarita and horse trails throughout the city. A map of the horse trails can be found online on the official Santa Clarita website.

By train[edit]

On weekdays, four bus lines have service to/from the Metrolink station that connects Santa Clarita to Los Angeles. Routes 501-504. They are designed to run for commuters, but work great for those wanting easy/fast access to Los Angeles without the hassle of traffic. Details of times the run and stops are on the Santa Clarita Transit website.

There are two Metrolink Stations in Santa Clarita operating on the Antelope Valley Line which ends at downtown Los Angeles (Union Station). From there you can connect to other Metrolink train lines or LA's subway/bus system as well as Amtrak or the Flyaway buses to LAX airport:

  • Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station, 24300 Railroad Ave. Directions: From the 5 Fwy., exit Lyons Ave. Go East on Lyons to San Fernando Rd. Go South on San Fernando Rd. to Market. Go East on Market to Railroad Ave. There are 150 parking spaces available and there is no fee for parking.
  • Santa Clarita Metrolink Station, 22122 Soledad Canyon Rd. Directions: From the 5 Fwy., exit Valencia Ave. Go East on Valencia Ave. Valencia becomes Soledad Canyon Road. There are 350 parking spaces available and there is no fee for parking. Bike lockers are available.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain, open since 1971, is the leading attraction in Santa Clarita. Movie buffs will recognize this park as "Wally World" in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation. Buy your tickets online at their website and you'll usually get a deal like $10 off or buy one get one free. [19]. Parking costs $10. The park held the record for the most roller coasters in one park until 2008 when 2 coasters were removed and demolished.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Mountasia Family Fun Center, 21516 Golden Triangle Road (off of Soledad Canyon Road), +1-661-253-4386 (fax: +1-661-253-4329), [1]. Monday - Thursday: 12PM to 9PM, Friday 12PM to 11PM, Saturday 10AM to 11PM, Sunday 11AM to 9PM. A fun place to go for miniature golf, batting cages, go-carts, and sundry other entertainment. Miniature golf costs $6.50 per round, but a AAA membership gives a two-for-one discount. Parents of young children might be interested in birthday parties  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Chi Chi's Pizza, 23043 West Soledad Canyon Road (Exit 5 fwy at Magic Mountain Pkwy, Turn East onto Magic Mountain Pkwy, Make a left turn at Valencia Blvd. (which becomes Soledad Canyon Rd at Bouquet Canyon Rd), Chi Chi's will be at on your left as you pass Bouquet Canyon Rd), +1 661-259-4040, [2]. One of the oldest land marks in Santa Clarita. This restaurant has been here since the beginning. Great pizza and italian food at good prices. Many residents will tell you it's the best pizza or Italian food in town! $8 - 15.  edit
  • Elephant Bar, 27063 McBean Pkwy (Exit 5 freeway at Magic Mountain Pkwy, turn East onto Magic Mountain Pkwy, At McBean Pkwy make a left turn and the next left turn is Elephant Bar), +1 661-799-8640, [3]. 11AM–10PM Sunday through Thursday; 11AM–11PM Friday and Saturday. Full Bar, Safari feel inside. The sweet potato fries are an excellent appetizer. The salads are great, chicken marsala is excellent but many other choices to choose from. $8 - 15.  edit
  • Claim Jumper, 25740 The Old Road (Exit the 5 freeway at McBean Pkwy, Go West on McBean and turn left at The Old Road, Claim Jumper is set back from the road quite a bit it's behind Macaroni Grill at the back of the plaza), +1 661-254-2628, [4]. Sunday - Thursday 11am-10pm Friday - Saturday 11am-11pm. Huge portions of American food, you will have leftovers. Good food, but heavy depending on what you order. Quite a few choices for the meat lover. Even the desserts are huge - see the Chocolate Motherlode Cake. $15 - 25.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, 24320 Town Center Dr (Exit the 5 freeway at Magic Mountain Pkwy, Turn Right onto Magic Mountain Pkwy, Make a Right turn at McBean Pkwy and the first Left turn onto Town Center Dr.), +1 661-288-1299, [5]. 11am-12am Sun-Thurs, 11am-1am Fri-Sat. Nice atmosphere with cozy booths and tables. Outdoor seating available as well facing Town Center Drive. Huge menu of mostly American food. Large portions. The Strawberry Lemonade is fantastic or for something harder, they have custom brewed beers. For those with a sweet tooth, you must save room for dessert, the pizookie is one of a kind (a cookie of your choice in a deep dish pizza pan with ice cream on top). Full bar with mounted flat panel televisions around the bar usually tuned to sports. Excellent choice for the beer lover. Custom brews as well as a wide selection of other beers from around the world. If you're unsure which beer to choose they will give you a free sample of their custom brews to help you decide. $8-15.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Courtyard by Marriott Santa Clarita, 28523 Westinghouse Place, +1 661-257-3220 (fax: 661-257-3221), [6].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, 27513 Wayne Mills Place, +1 661 284-2101, [7].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn Santa Clarita Stevenson Ranch, 25340 The Old Road, +1 661 290-2828 (fax: +1 661 290-2835), [8].  edit
  • Residence Inn Santa Clarita Stevenson Ranch, 25320 The Old Road, +1 661 290-2800 (fax: +1 661 290-2802), [9].  edit
  • Comfort Suites Near Six Flags Magic Mountain, 25380 The Old Rd, Stevenson Ranch, +1 661 254-7700, [10].  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn Valencia Six Flags, 27710 The Old Rd, Valencia, +1 661 254-8800, [11].  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Dr, Valencia, +1 661 799-1234, [12].  edit
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia, 28508 Westinghouse Pl, Valencia, +1 661 257-3111, [13].  edit
  • Extended Stay America - Los Angeles - Valencia, CA, 24940 Pico Canyon Rd, Stevenson Ranch, +1 661 255-1044, [14].  edit
  • Hampton Inn Los Angeles/Santa Clarita, 25259 The Old Road, +1 661 253-2400, [15].  edit
  • Best Western Valencia Inn, 27413 Wayne Mills Place, +1 661 255-0555, [16].  edit
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Castaic Six Flags Magic Mountain, 31410 Castaic Road, +1 661 295-1070, [17]. Days Inn Castaic Six Flags Magic Mountain  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Take the Antelope Valley Line [20] to Los Angeles.
  • Once you get to Union Station via the Antelope Valley Line, transfer to the Orange County Line to Anaheim or Buena Park, homes of Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, respectively.
  • Palmdale - 37 miles north of Santa Clarita on Highway 14. In 1962, Palmdale became the first city in the Antelope Valley to incorporate, and today it is home to over 150,000 people. While it lacks exciting tourist destinations, the town does offer hotels and restaurants.

Routes through Santa Clarita
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BishopPalmdale  N noframe S  END

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