Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is known for expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Spanish explorers and the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Its most notable geographic features are the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and views of Santa Catalina Island.
The city boasts some of the most recognizable landmarks on the Peninsula. They include Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright and built between 1949 – 1951, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; Point Vicente Lighthouse built in 1926 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places; and Point Vicente Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale from December through April.
The city is also home to Terranea Resort, which opened in June, 2009, the Trump National golf course, and the Los Verdes Golf Course, a beautiful Billy Bell-designed course, tucked above the cliffs in Rancho Palos Verdes. Together with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, in 2009 the city completed the acquisition of a total of two square miles of open space land, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, the largest such preserve of coastal open space north of San Diego and south of Santa Barbara.