Life can get pretty hectic, especially with the holidays right around the corner. If you’re needing a little peace and quiet in your life in order to rest and recharge, we’ve compiled the perfect list for you. Here are 10 of the most peaceful places in Southern California that you’ll want to visit when you need a break from it all.
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1. Los Jilgueros Preserve
Head to the town of Fallbrook and you'll find a peaceful 46-acre preserve where you can explore a variety of trails in the most picturesque surroundings. You can find Los Jilgueros Preserve near Fallbrook High School just South of Mission Road in the small town of Fallbrook.
2. Point Dume Cove Trail
There's nothing like the beauty of the ocean to add some tranquility to your day. The Point Dume Cove Trail, located at Cliffside Dr. and Birdview Ave. in Malibu, CA, is an easy breezy trail that's under two miles. You can stretch your legs, take in the view, and head back home feeling completely rejuvenated.
3. Descanso Gardens
Whether you love exploring lush trails with plenty of leafy trees, or you just want to stop and smell the roses at this picturesque SoCal garden, you'll find the perfect place to unwind at this garden setting in Southern California. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA.
4. Whitewater Preserve
The fall season is the perfect time of year to head to the SoCal desert and soak up the beauty of this pocket of the state. With a variety of activities that will completely relax you, this oasis in SoCal is a good excuse to get out of town and head to the SoCal desert. Whitewater Preserve is located at 9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd., White Water, CA 92282.
5. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Tucked inside the city of Poway in San Diego County, you'll find an oak-lined canyon with 700 acres of peace and quiet to explore. Beautiful tree-lined trails with lots of shade are just what you need to break up the hustle and bustle of a busy day. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve can be found at 16275 Espola Rd. in Poway, CA.
6. Lake Gregory
A day on or near the water is the perfect remedy for a peaceful day in SoCal. To experience this refreshing lake, you can head to the town of Crestline where you will find Lake Gregory. Whether you're walking, boating, or just playing in the water, this is one place you can count on for a little peace in SoCal.
Lake Gregory is located at 24171 Lake Dr., Crestline, CA 92325.
7. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
To experience a slice of peace and tranquility in SoCal, you can head to the town of Claremont where you'll find a secret garden hike that will completely enchant you. Just under 2.5 miles long, this short and sweet garden setting is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden can be visited at 500 N College Ave., Claremont CA 91717.
8. The Wild Bird Sanctuary at Myrtle Creek Gardens and Nursery
Nestled inside the small town of Fallbrook, you'll find a garden hideaway that's right out of a fairytale. The Wild Bird Sanctuary, located within Myrtle Creek Gardens and Nursery, is a splendid way to spend a day out in nature. You can find Myrtle Creek Gardens and Nursery at 2940 Reche Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028.
9. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
If being surrounded by some of the world's most breathtaking gardens is your idea of a peaceful day, then you'll love exploring The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. This 120-acre garden will treat you to over 15,000 plants and flowers grown throughout 12 unique gardens. The Huntington is located at1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108.
10. Wayfarers Chapel aka The Glass Church
For the ultimate peaceful experience in SoCal, a trip to The Wayfarers Chapel is in order. Also known as the Glass Church, this architectural beauty in Palos Verdes combines glass and wood in a forested setting that overlooks the ocean. It's one of the most peaceful locations imaginable. The Wayfarers Chapel is located at 5755 Palos Verdes Dr. S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. This heavenly oasis in the woods is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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