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El Monte is a smaller city in Los Angeles, known famously as being “The End of the Santa Fe Trail.” The significance of this makes it a historical city with a very friendly attitude, hence why it has also been dubbed “Friendly El Monte,” due to the good vibes spread around. With a close proximity to downtown Los Angeles and remaining quiet and enjoyable, it is no wonder that many people choose to start their vacation in El Monte instead of busy places like Hollywood. You can enjoy the best of both worlds in this historical city, being able to head into downtown Los Angeles and get to lay back and enjoy the view.
El Monte Campervan Rental Holidays Ideas
El Monte is rather small and doesn’t provide room for a lot of drives in the area, but its great location to the rest of Los Angeles makes it a great place to begin your expedition.
Although a short drive, you should definitely take a look at Griffith Observator Loop. Here you will find views of the ocean, the city, and the valley below.
San Gabriel Canyon Road is one of the most scenic and breathtaking views near El Monte, on this drive you will find yourself exploring 22 miles of beauty. While here, many people pass through Mount Baldy and head to Glendora Mountain Road. Heading on route 30 you’ll find yourself in hiking paradise when you wind up near Crystal Lake.
If you want to see some of the celebrity lifestyles California has to offer, take the 30-minute drive from El Monte to Hollywood and drive through Beverly Hills. You can take a trip down Melrose Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, and more. You can also take the trip down to Santa Monica and Malibu if you are looking for some gorgeous beaches.
If you want to drive and get some of the best views in the entire area, do not miss out on heading to the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway. You’ll get to the highest point, Dawson Saddle, and get a view of over 7900 feet. From here you can head to Mt Wilson observatory. To get to Angeles Crest Scenic Byway from El Monte, you’ll find yourself on CA-2 from I-210 W. Quite an easy drive!
What to see and do
As mentioned earlier, El Monte has a myriad of different historical sights while maintaining a modern standpoint on things. Seeing as how El Monte was used as a settlement during 1849 for the California Gold Rush, the area around it has an abundance of history if you dig deep enough to get to know it. The El Monte Historical Museum is a great place to begin your historical journey into what life was like on the Santa Fe Tail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles. Even with keeping in with all the old things, you can also learn to appreciate some of the new things like the largest Toyota dealership in the entire world: Longo Toyota.
One of the most beautiful sights that are only a stone’s throw away is located in Arcadia and is the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Here, you’ll see a plethora of different plant life and strangely enough: a bunch of peacocks!
El Monte’s central location to the rest of Los Angeles, as mentioned before, is a great place to adventure out into the rest of the area. Hollywood is only 30 minutes away and other famous neighborhoods in California are also just steps away. Relax in the calm of Santa Fe, try some of the yummy food in the area, see the museums, and then adventure into the areas around it for more action.
El Monte RV Driving Tips
California drivers are a lot more aggressive than other US cities, but don’t let it get to you. In southern California cities, everyone is in a rush unless you relax at the beach all day. The interstate has a speed limit of 70 mph, but unless you are driving in the early hours of the morning before 5 am, you’ll most likely be in a traffic jam anyway. Most of the speed limits in the area are around 30mph, but can change drastically. Keep an eye out for changing signs because police aren’t afraid to give citations. They hand them out like candy in California!