Destination guide

A rustic realm close to Los Angeles

Santa Clarita is just 35 miles north of LA but its rolling hills, peppered with jagged rock formations, seem a world away. Sandwiched between the Angeles National Forest San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to the southeast and Los Padres National Forest to the northwest, Santa Clarita’s rocky landscapes have starred in many Hollywood movies and TV shows. The town is jam-packed with family-friendly activities, restaurants, and shopping, while also offering a great jumping-off point to explore this stunning and distinctive natural environment.

Things to do

Fun times in Santa Clarita

You’ll only be a little over an hour away from Disneyland Florida, Anaheim when you stay at a Santa Clarita vacation rental, but why travel that far when Santa Clarita has theme parks of its own? Six Flags Magic Mountain has towering rollercoasters and family attractions, including the cast of Loony Tunes. The neighboring Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark has all the usual rides, slides, lazy river, and wave pool needed for a splashing day out. Or dial it back at bit at the Mountasia Family Fun Center, which has classic favorites like bumper boats, miniature golf, and old school gaming machines.


Go outdoors in Santa Clarita

You don’t have to go far from your Santa Clarita vacation rental to discover miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. Twenty minutes east, the distinctive sandstone rock formations of Vasquez Rocks jut stubbornly from the hillside – great for rock climbing – and creating a scenic backdrop to the hiking and equestrian trails around this Los Angeles County Park. Head back to town for post-hike dining and entertainment. On Thursday nights, the historic Main Street of Santa Clarita’s Old Town Newhall comes alive with block party celebrations and live entertainment.


Santa Clarita through the seasons

Santa Clarita enjoys plenty of sunshine, warm summer temperatures, and mild winters. You can make the most of the hiking, climbing, and other outdoor sports on offer throughout the year from a Santa Clarita vacation rental. You’ll also find plenty of seasonal events running through the year and, every September, Santa Clarita’s historic Hart Park hosts the Hart of the West Pow Wow – drawing visitors and tribal members from all over the USA to the city to celebrate dancing, drumming, and Native American arts.

Natural features

Santa Clarita’s canyons and mountains

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center, on the southern edge of town, is well worth exploring for its shaded oak groves, chaparral, picnic areas, trails, and seasonal waterfall. In summer, Castaic Lake State Park, about a half-hour’s drive north of Santa Clarita, offers plenty of opportunities to cool off or get back to nature. The 9,000-acre park has many miles of hiking and biking trails. The reservoir’s upper lake is popular for bass fishing, and the lower lake has a lagoon and swim beach. Visitors can enjoy boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and moonlight fishing and kayaking events on its calm blue waters.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Santa Clarita

Fly into Palmdale, CA (PMD-Palmdale Regional), the closest airport, located 18.8 mi (30.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Palmdale, CA (WJF-General William J. Fox Airfield), which is 19.5 mi (31.4 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Santa Clarita Station.

Where to stay around Santa Clarita?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,299 vacation rentals near Santa Clarita. From 1,927 Houses to 1,457 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Clarita for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Clarita?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Clarita:

  • Hollywood Hills: 1,759 vacation rentals
  • Studio City: 2,087 vacation rentals
  • Silver Lake: 442 vacation rentals
  • Westwood: 1,016 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood Hills West: 1,744 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Clarita?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Clarita. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Valencia Country Club: 444 vacation rentals
  • Santa Clarita Via Princessa Station: 712 vacation rentals
  • Santa Clarita Station: 574 vacation rentals
  • Mountasia Family Fun Center: 579 vacation rentals
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: 3,870 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Clarita listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Clarita?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,927 Houses in Santa Clarita. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Clarita include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,457 rentals available
  • Villas: 158 rentals available
  • Cabins: 136 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Clarita?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,133 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Clarita. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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