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Whittier, the gateway city to La La Land

Named after the poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, Whittier is 18 miles south of Los Angeles, and the perfect gateway city to La La Land. Once a historic Quaker colony, the city is surrounded by the Puente Hills and has sweeping views over the Los Angeles Basin. Unlike its glitzy neighbor, the city has a wealth of natural attractions, as well as a great food scene, influenced by Mexico. Book Whittier vacation rentals for easy access to the city's nature trails, as well Uptown's rash of fancy stores on Greenleaf Avenue.

Things to do

Whittier's rustic rancher's retreat

During the Mexican-American war, Whittier was owned by rancher, Pio de Jesus Pico, the last governor of Alta California. Book a Whittier vacation rental and you'll be a short walk from his former home in Pio Pico State Historic Park. Set in a 5-acre park, El Ranchito, Pico's 19th-century former home, has been restored to its 1880s glory. After exploring the old adobe, stay and picnic in its historical gardens, once part of the 9,000-acre ranch. It's open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and you can join a pre-arranged guided tour.


Whittier is all about hikes, bikes and historical homes

Boasting forests of sycamore trees, rugged canyons, and sweeping views of the L.A. Basin, Whittier prides itself on being an outdoorsy kinda place. Tucked away in the Puente Hills, there are dozens of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. Book a Whittier vacation rental and you could be neighbors with some of the city's esteemed Colonial abodes. Whittier is one of the few towns in Southern California which features an abundance of historical architectural styles, from Victorian to Spanish Revival.


Whittier's 500 days of summer

Southern California is renowned for its dry climate and is blessed with long, balmy summers, and mild, often wet, winters. And like much of the state, Whittier doesn't do badly in the sunshine stakes. Boasting more than 278 days of sunshine a year, it's a popular destination during spring, summer, and early fall, with highs of 70°F to 80°F. Summer is the busiest time of year to visit, so it's advisable to book your Whittier vacation rental well in advance.

Natural features

Nature is prettier in Whittier

Despite Whittier's close proximity to downtown L.A., the city is surrounded by vast rolling hills and lush forests. Part of the expansive Transverse Ranges, the western Puente Hills, known as the Whittier Hills, is home to an abundance of native Californian flora. Head out to the Hellman Park Trailhead, a series of self-guided hiking trails around the reservoir and canyon, and witness the rare berry manzanita, western sycamore, and Californian aster, as well as distant views of L.A.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Whittier

The nearest airport is in Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Long Beach, CA (LGB-Long Beach Municipal), which is 12.7 mi (20.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Whittier?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,630 vacation rentals near Whittier. From 761 Houses to 584 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 Whittier for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Whittier?

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 Whittier:

  • East Whitter: 18 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood Hills: 1,759 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 325 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Resort: 390 vacation rentals
  • Silver Lake: 442 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 Whittier?

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

  • Whittier College: 2,950 vacation rentals
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital: 3,218 vacation rentals
  • Whitwood Town Center: 2,242 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 2,565 vacation rentals
  • Disneyland: 2,945 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Whittier 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 Whittier?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 761 Houses in Whittier. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Whittier include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 584 rentals available
  • Villas: 10 rentals available
  • Cottages: 42 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 Whittier?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 661 vacation rentals with pool available in Whittier. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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