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Topanga is an unincorporated community of around 12,000 residents, located in Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains of western Los Angeles County. Topanga is approximately 13,000 acres in size and is bounded on three sides by park or conservancy lands and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. Malibu lies just west of Topanga. To the east is Pacific Palisades. Topanga has a very interesting history. Its' name was given by the Tongya Indian tribe and means "a place above," and the first ranch was homesteaded here in 1885. In the 1950s, actor Will Geer moved to the canyon and his friend, folk singer/songwriter, Woody Guthrie, also lived on his property. Together, they unintentionally founded what became known as the Topanga artists' colony. The area is known as a bohemian enclave of artists, musicians and actors. One of the main attractions in the community is the Theatricum Botanicum, founded by Will Geer in 1973. It is a natural outdoor amphitheater and features Shakespearean plays, modern classics, original productions and musical concerts. Numerous festivals are held in the area each year, including the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, an annual event since 1961. The Topanga State Park is nearby, the largest park in the Santa Monica Mountains and part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area.

Surrounding areas: Calabasas, California (4.9 mi), Pacific Palisades, California (5.3 mi), Encino, California (7.3 mi), Brentwood, California (7.8 mi), Santa Monica, California (8.4 mi), Sherman Oaks, California (9.6 mi), Westwood, California (10.1 mi)

Topanga Vacation Rentals

Topanga Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hilton Garden Inn24150 Park SorrentoCalabasas, CA4.8 mi.(818) 591-2300
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson23627 Calabasas RdCalabasas, CA4.9 mi.(818) 222-5300
Holiday Inn Woodland Hills21101 Ventura BlvdWoodland Hills, CA5.1 mi.(818) 883-6110
Best Western Aku Aku21830 Ventura BlvdWoodland Hills, CA5.2 mi.(818) 340-1000
Premiere Hills5200 Premiere HLS DrWoodland Hills, CA5.2 mi.(800) 773-1500
Warner Gardens Motel21706 Ventura BlvdWoodland Hills, CA5.2 mi.(818) 992-4426
Extended Stay America Woodland Hills20205 Ventura BlvdWoodland Hills, CA5.5 mi.(818) 710-1170
Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills21850 Oxnard StWoodland Hills, CA5.9 mi.(818) 887-4800
Hilton Woodland Hills6360 Canoga AveWoodland Hills, CA6.4 mi.(800) 445-8667
Oakwood Worldwide @ Woodland Hills Ca22122 Victory BlvdWoodland Hills, CA6.4 mi.(818) 710-5400
Channel Road Inn219 W Channel RdSanta Monica, CA6.5 mi.(310) 459-1920
Good Nite Inn Calabasas26557 Agoura RdCalabasas, CA6.7 mi.(818) 880-6000
Best Western Canoga Park Motor Inn20122 Vanowen StCanoga Park, CA7.1 mi.(818) 883-1200
Country Squire Inn7631 Topanga Cyn BlvdCanoga Park, CA7.4 mi.(818) 883-0240
Ramada Limited Canoga Park7126 De Soto AveCanoga Park, CA7.4 mi.(818) 346-9499
Clarion Suites Near Warner Palms Hotel20200 Sherman WayCanoga Park, CA7.6 mi.(818) 883-8250
Brentwood Suites Hotel199 N Church LnLos Angeles, CA7.7 mi.(310) 476-6255
Radisson Huntley Hotel1111 Second StSanta Monica, CA7.7 mi.(310) 394-5454
Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd11461 Sunset BlvdLos Angeles, CA7.8 mi.(310) 476-6571
The Fairmont Miramar101 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA7.8 mi.(310) 576-7777
The Georgian Hotel1415 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA8.1 mi.(800) 538-8147
Best Western Gateway Hotel1920 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.2 mi.(310) 829-9100
Stardust Motor Hotel3202 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.2 mi.(310) 828-4584
Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach Area120 Colorado BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.3 mi.(310) 451-0676
Wilshire Motel12023 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles, CA8.4 mi.(310) 478-3545
Comfort Inn Santa Monica2815 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.4 mi.(310) 828-5517
Days Inn3007 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.4 mi.(310) 829-6333
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1700 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA8.4 mi.(310) 458-6700
ST Regis Regis Lodges Motor Hotel11955 Wilshire BlvdWest Los Angeles, CA8.4 mi.(310) 477-6021
Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica1707 4th StSanta Monica, CA8.5 mi.(310) 395-3332
Courtyard By Marriott15433 Ventura BlvdSherman Oaks, CA8.5 mi.(818) 981-5400
Howard Johnson7432 Reseda BlvdReseda, CA8.6 mi.(818) 344-0324
Le Merigot - A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa1740 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA8.6 mi.(900) 926-9524
Pacific Shore Hotel1819 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA8.6 mi.(310) 451-8711
Four Points Sheraton530 W Pico BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.7 mi.(310) 399-9344
Shutters On The Beach1 Pico BlvdSanta Monica, CA8.7 mi.(310) 458-0030
Days Inn San Fernando Valley20128 Roscoe BlvdCanoga Park, CA8.9 mi.(818) 341-7200
Resthaven Motel815 Grant StSanta Monica, CA8.9 mi.(310) 452-3977
Ocean Park Inn2452 Lincoln BlvdSanta Monica, CA9.1 mi.(310) 392-3966
Claremont Hotel1044 Tiverton AveLos Angeles, CA9.3 mi.(310) 208-5957

Topanga Weather & Climate

Southern California enjoys a mild year round climate that is classified as Mediterranean. There are two distinct seasonal changes, categorized by the amount of rainfall received - a dry summer and wet winter with modest variation in temperature. In the dry season, a Pacific high-pressure system dominates the weather pattern creating warm and very dry air and a thick marine layer that typically advances inland during the night and burns off to hazy sunshine by midday. Surface pollutants trapped under the marine layer, or fog, create L.A.'s infamous "smog." In winter, the high system is no longer dominant and storms fed by subtropical moisture bring lots of rain into southern California during the months of November through March. Afternoon sea breezes of 10 to 15 mph are common. Strong offshore winds, known as "Santa Anas," though not uncommon, rarely cause damage.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 67°F 39°F 5.76 in. 58°F
February 69°F 40°F 5.48 in. 58°F
March 72°F 42°F 4.66 in. 60°F
April 77°F 44°F 1.06 in. 60°F
May 81°F 49°F 0.39 in. 60°F
June 88°F 53°F 0.07 in. 62°F
July 95°F 56°F 0.02 in. 64°F
August 96°F 57°F 0.12 in. 68°F
September 91°F 55°F 0.29 in. 69°F
October 84°F 49°F 0.69 in. 68°F
November 74°F 41°F 1.83 in. 64°F
December 68°F 38°F 3.26 in. 60°F

Topanga Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Van Nuys airport (VNY) located about 10 miles northeast of Topanga in Los Angeles ( Van Nuys ), California, the Los Angeles International airport (LAX) located approximately 15 miles southeast of Topanga in Los Angeles, California, the Bob Hope airport (BUR) located roughly 15 miles east of Topanga in Burbank, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 32 miles southeast of Topanga in Long Beach, California.

Topanga Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Pacific ParkSanta MonicaCA8.1 mi.
Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal CityCA14.5 mi.
Six Flags Magic MountainValenciaCA24.2 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA37.9 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA43.2 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA43.2 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA43.2 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA54.4 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA54.5 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA69.7 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA81.3 mi.
Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA20.9 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA24.2 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA37.9 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA45.5 mi.
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA78.8 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA81.3 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA119.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Maria Golf ClubSanta MariaCA3.1 mi.
Sunset Ridge Golf CenterSanta MariaCA3.1 mi.
Sepulveda Golf ComplexEncinoCA7.0 mi.
Brentwood Country ClubBrentwoodCA7.4 mi.
Brentwood LakeBrentwoodCA8.1 mi.
Shadow Lakes Golf ClubBrentwoodCA8.1 mi.
Van Nuys Golf CourseVan NuysCA9.3 mi.
Lindero Country ClubAgoura HillsCA10.0 mi.
Penmar Golf CourseVeniceCA10.1 mi.
Woodley Lakes Golf CourseVan NuysCA10.9 mi.
Malibu Country ClubMalibuCA11.1 mi.
Studio City Golf CourseStudio CityCA11.7 mi.
Mission Hills Golf CourseSepulvedaCA12.8 mi.
Westlake Village Golf CourseWestlake VillageCA12.8 mi.
Griffith Park Golf CoursesLos AngelesCA12.9 mi.
Los Feliz Golf CourseLos AngelesCA12.9 mi.
Maggie Hathaway Par 3 Golf CourseLos AngelesCA12.9 mi.
Rancho Park Golf CourseLos AngelesCA12.9 mi.
Los Robles Greens Golf CourseThousand OaksCA14.2 mi.
Westchester Golf CourseLos AngelesCA14.4 mi.
Knollwood Golf CourseGranada HillsCA14.7 mi.
Simi Hills Golf CourseSimi ValleyCA14.8 mi.
Lost Canyons Golf ClubSimi ValleyCA15.4 mi.
Sinaloa Golf CourseSimi ValleyCA15.8 mi.
Hansen Dam Golf CoursePacoimaCA16.6 mi.
Lakes at El SegundoEl SegundoCA16.7 mi.
Cascades Golf ClubSylmarCA17.0 mi.
Roosevelt Municipal Golf CourseLos AngelesCA17.8 mi.
Marriott Golf CourseManhattan BeachCA18.0 mi.
El Cariso Golf CourseSylmarCA18.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA58.3 mi.
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA85.7 mi.
State Parks
Will Rogers State ParkCA6.0 mi. 
Will Rogers Beach State ParkCA6.4 mi. 
Malibu Creek State ParkCA7.4 mi. 
Santa Monica Beach State ParkCA8.2 mi. 
Santa Monica Beach State ParkCA8.2 mi. 
Dockweiler Beach State ParkCA15.5 mi. 
Manhattan Beach State ParkCA18.4 mi. 
Placerita Canyon State ParkCA21.2 mi. 
Redondo Beach State ParkCA22.7 mi. 
Point Mugu State ParkCA23.4 mi. 
White Point State ParkCA31.3 mi. 
Alamitos Bay State ParkCA37.3 mi. 
West Valley MuseumWoodland HillsCA5.2 mi.(History)
Angels AtticSanta MonicaCA8.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of FlyingSanta MonicaCA8.1 mi.(Technology)
California Heritage MuseumSanta MonicaCA8.1 mi.(History)
Museum of ToleranceLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(History)
Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of MiniaturesLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Modern Fresco GalleryLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Web ArtLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Autry Museum of Western HeritageLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California African-American MuseumLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
J. Paul Getty MuseumLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
L. RON HUBBARD LIFE EXHIBITION MUSEUMLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Reale-Rydell Computer MuseumLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Technology)
Getty MuseumLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Art)
Korean American Museum of Art and Cultural CenterLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Art)
Los Angeles County Museum of ArtLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of FredLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Art)
Western Museum of ScoutingLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.(Children's)
Norton SimonPasadenaCA26.4 mi.(Art)
Long Beach Museum of ArtLong BeachCA32.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA20.7 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA44.6 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA48.5 mi.
Santa Barbara Zoological GardensSanta BarbaraCA66.6 mi.

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