Summer is here! Take some time off your busy schedule and enjoy some of the best views Los Angeles has to offer. Here are 7 of our favorite spots:
1. Griffith Observatory
Located in the Hollywood Hills just above the Los Feliz neighborhood, this iconic Los Angeles structure offers you one of the best views in town. The observatory provides you with the perfect photo opportunity of the Hollywood sign, Downtown LA and, on a clear day, even the Pacific Ocean! Not only do you get to experience a magnificent view but you also get a chance to visit one of the best museums Los Angeles has to offer, at no cost! If you're up for a good hike, you may take one of the hiking trails which originate near the Greek Theatre or Fern Dell, to reach the Observatory. During the weekends, LADOT offers a DASH Observatory Shuttle at low cost.
2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (213) 473-0800 | Directions via transit from UCLA
2. Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon offers one of the best hiking trails in Los Angeles, as well as many breathtaking views of the city. Its spectacular scenery is composed of million-dollar mansions and amazing views of the Hollywood sign, the Sunset strip and the LA basin. Runyon Canyon is a great, dog friendly hang-out spot that also features many celebrity sightings. It makes for a great workout opportunity that is suitable for all levels of fitness. Don't miss the opportunity for a great outdoor adventure.
2000 N Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 | (323) 666-5046 | Directions via transit from UCLA
3. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
This recently restored area offers a magnificent view of the Los Angeles basin, the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding mountains. It does not only offer you a great scenic view but it also offers a state of the art visitor center. It is a great opportunity to enjoy and connect with nature as it houses many seasonal native wildflowers and allows for bird and wildlife viewing. If you are looking for a good, fairly easy hike and a great workout, the park's main attraction is its steps, which will take only 20 minutes to climb to the top.
6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City, CA 90232 | (310) 558-5547 | Directions via transit from UCLA
4. The Grove Parking Structure
If you find yourself in a shopping mood, then you may want to visit The Grove shopping mall. Not only will you find lots of good stores, but you can also get a great workout with all the walking you'll be doing! This shopping center houses one of LA's best unknown views, which can be found at the top of the parking structure adjacent to the Farmer's Market. Next time you visit The Grove, make sure to go to the 4th level of the parking structure where you can enjoy the great view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood area.
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 900-8080 | Directions via transit from UCLA
5. Barnsdall Art Park
Located at the crest of Olive Hill and overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Park offers you a grand and unique view of Hollywood. Just an easy hike up the hill and you will find yourself reveling in a great view of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. Besides its great scenic view, the park also offers several unique installments to visitors such as, the Hollyhock house, the Los Angeles Municipal Art gallery and the Barnsdall Gallery theater. On certain days you can catch an outdoor screening of your favorite movie or participate in the many activities the park hosts, such as summer wine tastings, a farmer's market and several art classes. When you plan your visit, be sure to catch a view of the sunset from the top of the hill.
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 660-4254 | Directions via transit from UCLA
6. Wilacre Park
To get a great workout and an even better view of the San Fernando Valley, there is no better place than the Betty B. Dearing Trail located in Wilacre Park. The 3-mile loop on the Betty B. Dearing Trail passes through Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park and Franklin Canyon Park. To get the view from a higher location, you can venture off the trail and instead take the U-Vanu trail. Another alternative is to take the expanded loop option and hike up to the Tree People headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park along Mulholland Drive where you can get an even better panoramic view. Consider Wilacre Park if you are looking for an active, outdoors weekend and rejoice in its great scenic views.
3453 Fryman Road, Studio City, CA 91604 | (818) 766-8445 | Directions via transit from UCLA
7. Mount Hollywood
After your visit to the Griffith Observatory, and you find yourself still wanting more amazing sights, then you must hike up to Mount Hollywood. Just pick up the Charlie Turner trail north of the Observatory parking lot and soon you will find yourself with a 360° spectacular view. You will be dazzled by many sights including the famous Hollywood sign, the Los Angeles basin, the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Fernando Valley and the Observatory itself! If you venture up on a clear day you might be able to catch a sight of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean. This relatively short and easy hike is definitely a must-do.
2800 E Observatory Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 913-4688 | Directions via transit from UCLA