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About 40 minutes east of downtown L.A., Claremont is the easternmost suburb of L.A. County, bordering San Bernadino County. With the Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer) taking up a huge chunk of land in the city, this area solidly fits the description of a “college town”. As with many SoCal residential zones, malls and homes alike feature Spanish-style architecture, as can be observed in the downtown Claremont Village—a great stop for shopping and dining.
Things to do in Claremont
Other than touring the Claremont Colleges complex as a prospective student or parent, there are plenty of sights to see in this sunny town. On a clear day, visit Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which houses a butterfly pavilion and plenty of native flora and fauna. Swing by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, an exciting, kid-friendly collection of fossils that happens to be within a high school. For a hands-on and locally-operated musical outing, check out the Folk Music Center, which offers community music lessons and bluesy performances. While perusing the must-visit Claremont Village, give The Grove Vintage your undivided attention for hip clothing and accessories.
Day Trips from Claremont
Just north of Claremont, the San Gabriel mountain range has a slew of the kind of hiking trails for which SoCal is known; it’s easy to spend a day picnicking and enjoying the view from up on high in this desert wilderness. One popular trail is the “Bridge to Nowhere”, accessible after nearly an hour’s drive (from Claremont) on Highway 39 and the tunnel-laden Shoemaker Canyon Road, a trail that takes hikers to an abandoned bridge that crosses over the San Gabriel River. 53 miles northeast of town, venture up to Lake Arrowhead, a lovely resort town with beautiful sights year-round and classy dining options for both romantic and family getaways. Finally, via an hour of freeway travel east on Interstate 10, pay a visit to the well-known ‘60s-themed Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA, one of the largest Indian gambling meccas in SoCal.
The rental options in Claremont are stellar, considering the centrality of the city in L.A. and San Bernardino counties. If you want to board near the Claremont Village and downtown, you’ll be in the market for mid-century homes near the Colleges and with lots of outdoor space. Otherwise, achieve the feel of a fantastic escape by renting a luxury mansion in the northern hills of Claremont, most likely with a pool.
Transportation in Claremont
Ontario International Airport (ONT) serves East L.A. County and San Bernardino and is only 15 minutes from Claremont. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief runs between L.A. Union Station and the San Bernardino train stop (which is 30 minutes from Claremont). There’s also the San Bernadino Metrolink Line, which takes passengers from L.A. Union Station to Claremont Metrolink Station in just over an hour. Once in town, choose between local taxi companies, Lyft or the multitude of available Uber varieties (Pool, UberX, Select, Black, Lux and Assist.) Because the airports are so close by, you can easily rent a car and drive around Los Angeles, which is a good idea because of the size of the area.