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Things to do in Temescal Canyon

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“If you want to chill at the beach, this is a great one to visit! Not as crowded as the Santa Monica one... you can find free parking on Temescal Canyon Rd. as long as you get there early enough and don't mind a little walking.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Museum
“Formally known as Case Study House No. 8, the Eames House is a Mid-Century Modern architectural landmark located in Pacific Palisades. It was built in 1949 by renowned husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames, to serve as their home and studio. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Less expensive than Gelson's, and has a movie rental kiosk for less than $2. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Park on Temescal Blvd off PCH. Enjoy the boardwalk, which takes you to the Santa Monica Pier and beyond! Volleyball nets and beach bikes for rent (in SM). ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“You can ride the same bike path all the way past Santa Monica. Once you get on the path at Windward Circle just keep ridding north. The path is right in the middle of the sand.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
“On this part of the Pacific Coast Highway, up toward Malibu and Topanga Canyon, the landscape gets more interesting than the long, straight beaches to the south. The equipment here is simple—just a pull-up bar—but I think the pull-up is one of the greatest upper body exercises. Just monkeying around, swinging from a bar, is really good for the shoulders. Doing sand sprints here is definitely something that you can do to get a high-intensity workout besides the pull-ups. Do some air squats, and sprint down to the water and back. If you can work in the pull-ups, even better.”
  • 1 local recommends
  • 1 Experience
Health
“$25 'foot' massage (first time price). Feet soak in a bamboo foot tub, then a full body massage with your clothing on in a large convertible leather chair, incl foot massage. Great value!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A short drive up the Coast is the glorious Temescal Canyon, part of a National Park, which has great hiking trails - from a short walk to a 2.5 mile hike up to a waterfall (when there's been enough rain) and circle back with an awesome view of the ocean.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bike Rental / Bike Share
“The bike path along the beach extends all the way to Manhattan Beach and beyond, with great places to stop along the way for food and drink.”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Lookout
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“"Galvan's" Mexican food truck serving from 5:30 AM until about 3:15 usually. Truck is parked on the South side of Temescal Canyon not far from Pacific Coast Highway. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Palisades Village, Sunset Blvd. between Via de la Paz and Monument, offers shops, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, etc. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Located in Pacific Palisades, Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park encompasses 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and access to miles of trails in Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre “Big Wild.””
  • 1 local recommends