Conveniently located less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, Whittier offers the best of both worlds — peaceful, small-town charm combined with the added benefits of living near a bustling metropolitan area. Originally founded in 1887 as a Quaker colony, Whittier has a strong sense of history, with nearly 50 locally designated historic landmarks. Whittier is centrally located to all of Southern California, making its proximity to downtown Los Angeles and Orange County an added bonus for excursions to shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more. Whittier’s 19 parks, including the award-winning Greenway Trail, feature more than 400 acres of playgrounds and recreation opportunities, as well as several pet-friendly public parks and hiking paths catering to pedestrians and cyclists. More than 1,700 acres in the Whittier hills are preserved and offer biking and hiking trails, with breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles, Catalina Island, Pacific Ocean and even the world-famous Hollywood Sign.