Santa Clarita, officially
the City of Santa Clarita, is the third largest city
in Los Angeles County, California, and the
seventeenth largest in the state of California. The city
has annexed a number of unincorporated areas, contributing to the
large population increase. It is located about 35 miles
(56 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and occupies
most of the Santa Clarita Valley. It is a notable
example of a U.S. edge city or boomburb. Santa
Clarita was ranked by Money magazine in 2006 as 18th of the
top 100 places to live.
was incorporated in December 1987 as the union of four unincorporated
including Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia, all
of which are situated on the land of the former Rancho San
Francisco. The four communities retain separate identities, and
it is common for residents to refer those communities when
asked where they are from. Santa Clarita is bounded on the west
by the Golden State Freeway (I-5).
The Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) runs
northeast-southwest through an irregular east border, and
the Newhall Pass is the city's southernmost
is often associated with the Six Flags Magic
Mountain amusement park, though the park is located
just outside the city limits, and the California Institute
of the Arts (CalArts), located in Valencia.
Clarita was voted #3 in Top Safest Cities in America for 2014 by
looking at FBI crime stats for cities with a population of 100,000 or
spring the City of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival celebrates the
culture and history of the west, and even includes cowboy poetry.
Later in the year the Hart of the West Pow Wow celebrates history and
culture from the Native American Indian point of view. In the summer
the city provides free Concerts in the Parks. The fall brings the
International Family Film Festival, while in winter you can enjoy a
Lighted Boat Parade at Castaic Lagoon.
to Do in Santa Clarita & Southern California
are countless fun things to do in Santa Clarita! Whatever you enjoy,
there’s every kind of adventure to be had. From theme
to endless outdoor
and celebrity sightings, you can fill your days with plenty of
fantastic experiences for all ages. Santa Clarita sits perfectly in
the middle of all the top Southern California events and excursions.
you’ll find everything you value in one outstanding Southern
California vacation destination. Affordable
and plenty of activity! Also, you’re central to everything. Santa
Clarita is the hub for family entertainment and a short drive to
beaches, snow and other nearby attractions.
Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:
The William S. Hart Park and Museum
The California Institute of the Arts
The Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre
The Canyon Theater Guild
The Fillmore & Western Railway, where the film industry's trains can be seen and ridden
The Walker Cabin, built by Frank Walker around 1920, which demonstrates how a pioneer family lived
The Oak of the Golden Dream, the site of California's first authenticated gold discovery
The Castaic Lake Recreation Area
Sand Canyon Equestrian Trail
Valencia Heritage Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park
Professional sports in the greater Los Angeles area
Many other attractions in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
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