HEALTH AND WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT: A METROPOLIS SUMMER
Vacations are optional when your home already doubles as one year-round. Metropolis offers a vibrant city haven throughout the seasons, but summer makes for exceptional use of our resort-style amenities. Keep cool this summer by lounging poolside at the largest pool in Downtown Los Angeles. This junior-Olympic size, saltwater pool, is situated with private cabanas and lounge chairs throughout. For preparing an afternoon snack or full-course dinner, make way to the outdoor glass Pool Pavilion complete with an exhibition kitchen. To maintain a toned summer body, our state-of-the-art fitness and yoga studio has you covered. When searching to escape the heat, our indoor screening room is the perfect way to cool down and watch this summer’s new releases. Offering an endless amount of amenity spaces, there is no better place to soak in the sunshine this summer than at Metropolis.
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER
There’s no doubt that Los Angeles is known for its divine climate, but something about the summer heat always brings a sense of nostalgia and adventure, unlike any other season. As Angelenos prepare to embrace the outdoors following months of time spent indoors, we’ve compiled a list of alfresco activities for you to indulge in this summer. From the mountain ranges to the coastline, and everything in between, here are the spots you need to know about to keep you sun-kissed all summer long.
Los Angeles Beaches
Take advantage of the long days and warm summer nights by packing a beach bag and claiming your spot along the coast stretching from Malibu to the South Bay. Biking is encouraged as all bike paths have been given the go-ahead to reopen, along with most major parking lots to a certain capacity.
Leo Carrillo State Beach – Located on the western outskirts of Malibu, this beach is known for its picturesque natural features comprised of rock arches, caves, tide pools, and hiking trails. Due to its secluded location, Leo Carrillo is the ultimate escape from city living to nature. Plan a day trip or opt for an extended stay at their excellent camping facilities.
El Porto Beach – Well known to the local surf community, El Porto is ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers. Located in northern Manhattan Beach, the waves in this area are oftentimes larger than neighboring beaches while being less populated. For those that prefer to stay on the sand, make use of the volleyball courts or bike down the paved Marvin Braude Bike Path.
Rosie’s Dog Beach – Calling all dog owners! This four-acre waterfront spot is home to the only off-leash dog beach in L.A County. Located in the city of Long Beach, Rosie’s Dog Beach is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm, permitting only one dog per adult. Treat your furry companion to an opportunity to cool off this summer alongside new friends.
Los Angeles Hiking Trails
Work up a sweat this summer by conquering the trails listed below that provide stunning city views and may even lead to a waterfall. Some hikes are lengthy, so pack accordingly with plenty of water and food for a picnic break. The Historic Downtown Famer’s Market is a great place to stock up on fresh local produce before your adventure!
Griffith Park – Known as The Charlie Turner Trail to Mount Hollywood, this trail is one of the only to offer a 360-degree view spanning from the Verdugo Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Starting at the north side of the Observatory parking lot, a path guides you ending at the sighting of picnic tables. Satisfy your hunger while taking in the Downtown skyline and a close-up look of the Hollywood sign.
Escondido Falls – Located near Malibu, this 3.7-mile trail leads to one of the biggest waterfalls in Southern California. This two-tiered, 150-foot cascade pours down a series of limestone rocks displaying a breathtaking sight. Note that this trail involves crisscrossing streams, so rock hopping may be necessary.
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