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Geography + Lifestyle

Los Angeles is a vibrant metropolis nestled between rugged mountains and the Pacific Ocean, boasting a lifestyle of sun-soaked beaches, the glitz of Hollywood and a dynamic fusion of geography and culture. Enjoy hiking, surfing, skiing, weekend trips and many more activities on your time off!

Hiking Trails

Though LA is one of the biggest cities in the country, it is also home to a lot of natural beauty given the surrounding Santa Monica mountains. Hiking is a favorite hobby among many residents and faculty. Some of their most frequented trails are listed below.

  • Runyon Canyon
  • Topanga Canyon
  • Hollywood Sign at Griffith Park
  • Eaton Canyon Falls


With miles of beautiful Pacific coastline bordering us, we have access to many wonderful beaches. Some are well-known and others are hidden gems that our residents and faculty love.

  • Zuma Beach
  • Will Rogers Beach
  • Santa Monica Beach
  • El Matador Beach
  • Point Dume Beach

Weekend Trips

For those interested in exploring beyond LA, we are within reach of many beautiful destinations that are perfect for weekend trips.

  • Palm Springs
  • Ojai
  • San Diego
  • Big Bear
  • Channel Islands

“I love the easy access to nature here, even in this densely populated, urban metropolis, there are so many outdoor opportunities. From right behind our hospital to Malibu to Griffith park near my apartment… so many different settings for your outdoor adventures!”

Michelle Wan