Ojai, California is a city in Ventura County and is located northwest of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara. The city is in the 10-mile long Ojai Valley and it’s known for its artistic and creative vibes, great recreational activities and beautiful setting. While it is close to big metropolitan areas, it feels a world away.
There are a lot of things to do in Ojai, and it’s not hard to see why so many people from the Los Angeles area make their way to Ojai for a weekend getaway. Ojai natural endeavors as well as fun things to do right in town. One of the best things you can do in Ojai is to visit Los Padres National Forest. Los Padres is a huge national forest that has over 1,200 miles of maintained hiking trails. It extends from the semi-desert ecosystem in the interior of the park and has redwood forest near the coast. There are over 468 species of fish, birds and other wildlife within the forest and it’s a lovely place for backpacking, hiking, fishing or biking. You can also take beautiful hikes on the Sespe Creek Trail to the Willett Hot Springs from Ojai. Or take the very popular Rose Valley Falls trail, where you can take a scenic hike up to a beautiful waterfall.
Another interesting thing to do in Ojai is to visit the Ojai Olive Oil Ranch where you can learn more than you ever would about olive oil and taste great Ojai olive oil as well. On a Sunday, make sure to hit up the Ojai Farmers Market where you can find all kinds of food, jewelry, homemade and organic products and more in a very lively market in downtown Ojai. If you’re interested in wine, be sure to visit The Ojai Vineyard, where you can taste great local wines and have a fun experience learning about the wine in the region. The Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art is a great place to get out of the heat and immerse yourself into the culture of the Ojai area through history and art.
Located just a 40-minute drive west of Ojai is the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast and a great walk down the Stearns Wharf Pier. The scenery in Santa Barbara is stunning, with the beautiful palm trees at Shoreline Park. You can also visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and spend a day shopping and dining in the beautiful downtown district.
Another great option if you’re looking to take in a big city is to visit Los Angeles, located about two hours from Ojai. The City of Angels is the second largest city in America and is known for being the home of Hollywood. You can immerse yourself in all kinds of tourist fun in a fun-packed day trip. Los Angeles is a great place for a sports enthusiast to go: you can watch the Los Angeles Dodgers or Anaheim Angels baseball teams, the Lakers or Clippers basketball teams or the Kings hockey team, depending on the time of year that you go.
There are stellar vacation rental opportunities in Ojai so that you can live like a local and take in the best of the city. Some of the best areas to stay are along the Los Padres National Forest on Thacher Road, and are good options if you want to be close to the beautiful outdoors. If you’re looking to stay near downtown Ojai, look for rentals near Grand Avenue or off of Highway 150.
You can easily explore downtown Ojai on foot by parking your vehicle and walking around to see the shops, galleries and restaurants. The Ojai Trolley will also help you to get you around the downtown areas for just $1. Ojai also has Topa Topa Taxi, the only taxi service located in town.
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