Ventura is a community that offers an abundance of arts and cultural activities, outdoor adventures and the rich fusion of agriculture and ocean side proximity. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Channel Islands National Park that lies just off shore, as does a National Marine Sanctuary. The Los Padres National Forest is found in Ventura's foothills while two of California's longest flowing open rivers help to form the city's boundaries. Ventura is just an hour's drive from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Year round daytime temperatures average 70 degrees so it is no wonder early Spanish settlers dubbed Ventura the "land of endless summers".