Will Rogers State Historic Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains and is about a 15-20 minute drive up from the city of Santa Monica (traffic willing). The hike to Inspiration Point is 2 miles up and back and is a very easy hike.
The most interesting thing to me about Will Rogers State Park is Mr. Will Rogers himself...he's kind of like that guy Duke, that started Duke's Restaurants...have you ever read Duke's bio?!? Well, Will Rogers, from Oklahoma, started out as a "cowboy entertainer," and went on to be a movie star, newspaper columnist and radio commenter. You can read more about him here. Mr. Rogers bought this plot of land where he built a 31-room cottage and ranch as a weekend home for he and his family. Will Rogers himself designed the riding trails that wind through the mountains to the back to the ranch. I didn't know about Will Roger's story until I started to write this blog post, now I definitely want to go back and take he tour of his house which still stands and contains some of his prized possessions.