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Drive north of Los Angeles and you’ll find the city of Santa Clarita, home of a lauded art school and a wild theme park. The California Institute of the Arts, or CalArts, was the forging ground for great film directors, particularly the animators who went on to form Pixar. Explore the campus on a tour, before heading to Santa Clarita’s famous attraction, Six Flags Magic Mountain, which features dozens of high-speed, intense roller coasters. As with many cities in Southern California, Santa Clarita and the surrounding area are easiest to explore with the help of a rental car. Use Orbitz to find the perfect car for you.

Santa Clarita and beyond: Coastal glitz and glamour

Santa Clarita is a perfect launching point for visiting Los Angeles and the Californian coast. We’ve picked three destinations that are easy to reach in your rental car.


The magic of movies fuels the neighborhood of Hollywood, one of the most popular destinations in LA. The Walk of Fame, lined with the names of stars past and present, leads past iconic sights such as the Chinese Theatre and the Pantages Theatre. Head into Griffith Park to see the grand, white letters of the Hollywood sign up close, or drive to Universal Studios to see film makers at work.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles


Malibu is LA at its most luxurious and opulent. Mansions perch on the cliffs facing the ocean, and crashing waves roll into golden beaches. Mingle with celebrities on the public beaches, roam the halls of the Getty Villa, and watch for gray whales breaching the waters of the Pacific. You’ll soon learn that Malibu is just as dramatic and beautiful as you’ve imagined.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 50 miles

Santa Barbara

Bypass LA all together and head straight to the irresistible city of Santa Barbara, located just a short distance west of Santa Clarita. There’s history in the shape of an old mission and a wooden wharf, plus a popular art museum and a zoo. Really, though, the 'American Riviera' is just a place to soak up the atmosphere and the sun of classically cool California.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 80 miles