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Cliffside Respite: Wayfarers Chapel

The architecture of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes showcases the church's gorgeous cliffside setting (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)

The architecture of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes showcases the church’s gorgeous cliffside setting (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)

You might feel as if you are in Big Sur along the Northern California coast when you visit Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. The glass church perched atop a seaside cliff is surrounded by tall pine trees and other trees, lush plants and colorful flowers while offering gorgeous views of the Los Angeles coastline with Catalina Island in the distance.

Designed to blend in with nature, the architecture of Wayfarers Chapel makes the most of this pristine setting.

The glass church is a popular wedding location, and it seems to be welcoming to everyone, although the ‘official’ religion that worships here is the Swedenborgian Church. According to it’s website, the Chapel also serves as a memorial to Emanuel Swedenborg, 18th century scientist, philosopher and theologian.

Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, Wayfarers Chapel (5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) is located across the road near the lavish Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (see related Traffic411 post “So Cal Resortist“). Stop in for a quick visit to experience the serenity and peace of this very special place.

Wayfarers Chapel: Cliffside Retreat Rancho Palos Verdes

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The architecture of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes showcases the church's gorgeous cliff side setting. You'll feel like you're in Big Sur when you walk the grounds of this Christian church, located near Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)
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The architecture of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes showcases the church's gorgeous cliff side setting. You'll feel like you're in Big Sur when you walk the grounds of this Christian church, located near Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)
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The architecture of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes showcases the church's gorgeous cliff side setting. You'll feel like you're in Big Sur when you walk the grounds of this Christian church, located near Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)
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The beach at Rancho Palos Verdes near Wayfarers Chapel. (Photo Traffic411/Ken Pfeiffer)

Distance from LAX: 26 miles (35 minutes)

Traffic411 Insiders Tip:  While you’re here, explore the walking trails near Trump National Golf Club, experience the ‘California Casual’ vibe of the world-class Terranea Resort. The Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro lighthouses are also nearby.

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So Cal Resortist: Live like a Billionaire

Hit the beach at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles.  You don't need to be a guest to explore the grounds at this seaside luxury resort. There are also plenty of trails in the area for hikers to explore (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)

Hit the beach at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. You don’t need to be a guest to explore the grounds at this seaside luxury resort. There are also plenty of trails in the area for hikers to explore (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)

The Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes sit atop gorgeous stretch of cliffside coastline. These world-class properties are not far from the bustling Port of Los Angeles but, when you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

Terranea is a luxury oceanfront resort built on the property that was once Marineland (you’ll remember this if you grew up in Los Angeles!).  You don’t need to book a room to enjoy the property.  Visit for the day to explore the grounds, or enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or happy hour at Nelson’s, an upscale sports bar with plenty of outdoor seating. You’ll feel like you’re in Hawaii, or on vacation.  For a more formal dining experience, check out the Sunday brunch at Terranea, it looks exquisite!

Terranea is a beautiful property with walking paths, a small private beach, and great photo ops. Parking is plentiful ($10-ish to valet or self park) and you can hop a ride on a golf cart to get to Nelson’s, or enjoy the walk.

Terranea Resort - Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles

The Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes sit atop gorgeous stretch of cliffside coastline. These world-class properties are not far from the bustling Port of Los Angeles, but it seems like they are a world away.

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A splashing fountain in the driveway of the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes welcomes guests to this world class luxuryresort. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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A rusted pipe along the Rancho Palos Verdes coast at the Terranea Resort. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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Explore the sandy beach, or kayak, at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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Terranea Resort sits on the former site of Marineland, offering walking paths and gorgeous views of Rancho Palos Verdes, just north of the bustling Port of Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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There are plenty of great photo ops at Terranea Resort Los Angeles. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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Down the street from Terranea, the public park adjacent to Trump National Golf Club offers a large lawn and ocean views. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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The fountain on the course at Trump National Golf Club. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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The public park next to Trump National Golf Club offers picnic tables with an ocean view. (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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The fountain outside the entrance to Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)
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An elegant fireplace warms up the lobby of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (Photo Traffic411/Pfeiffer)

Just down the street from Terranea is Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy yourself here. In order to build this luxury golf resort, Mr. Trump had to provide beach access and a public park, so you’ll find walking paths and trails that lead on a bluff along the coast. There’s (free) parking in the beach access lot, which is an easy walk to the Trump property. Grab a burger or snack at the golf canteen at Trump or bring your own food and enjoy dining on a picnic table with a million dollar view!

The more adventurous hiker will enjoy exploring the hiking trails on both sides of the street along this resort area of Rancho Palos Verdes. There is a lot to see, and plenty of reasons to return.  Terranea and Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles are easy half day trips for cruise ship passengers passing through the Port of Los Angeles.

Traffic411 Insider Tip: You can easily visit both of these places in a day. Dine al fresco at Nelson’s at Terranea, or bring your own lunch to enjoy on a cliffside picnic table at the public park next to Trump National Golf Club.

Distance from LAX: 18 miles


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Cruise ship passengers at the Port of Los Angeles can easily explore Terranea Resort or Trump National Golf Club are an easy 25 minute drive from the Port of Los Angeles.


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