If you know me, I’m a sucker for a great scenic view. Sunrise or sunset, either is spectacular when you’re sitting in a spot with a view of the perfect skyline. With romance looming in the air, I thought I’d share 6 of my favorite places in Los Angeles to catch the perfect city view to help you begin or end a slow and lovely day on just the right note.
Best of all? You don’t have to go a restaurant, buy a drink, or pay to go up an elevator to catch these views. They’re FREE. 🙂
1. VISTA HERMOSA PARK
100 N. Toluca Street. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Vista Hermosa Park is placed on a hill, and as you make your way up, you’ll find the perfect bench with the perfect view of downtown. On a lower level, there is plenty of open grass for a picnic which is what we had to do
(and will do again!).
2. GRIFFITH PARK OBSERVATORY
2800 East Observatory Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Griffith Park Observatory is a famous tourist destination, but did you know this was the view from up top? It’s a great shot of the city, and if you walk around the building, you can even spot the Hollywood sign in the hills. Tristan and I used to hike up to here whenever we could, because, yes, there’s a hiking trail that takes you up to the Observatory! Talk about a modern resting spot.
3. MACARTHUR PARK
2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
This art installation at the park isn’t there anymore, but I was always surprised at what a great view of the city you could get here with it just lining the man-made lake. It just goes to show that you don’t have to head up the hills to get a great view of the city.
4. RUNYON CANYON
2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Runyon Canyon is the quintessential hiking location of Los Angeles, and for good reason. It’s got a great view. There are stops with benches along the cliffs to sit and catch the sunset and even watch the city lights turn on. Also, people go searching for celebrities here, because, yes, celebrities hike here too.
5. TOP OF TOPANGA OVERLOOK
3400 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
From the Valley, if you head up Topanga Canyon towards Malibu, you find this spot to turn to. A lot of people from the Valley come here to unwind and catch the sunset as it sets over the city. It’s not incredibly “hip” or “mainstream,” which makes this spot a little more special for it’s very down-to-earth demeanor.
6. LOS LIONES TRAIL
Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Okay, I can’t include views of L.A. without including a view of the coast! Los Liones Trail is another hiking trail with a nice and steady incline to the top, making it also family-friendly
. There are 2 “tops,” but I’m told the view from the first stop is better than the second so we’ve never continued up to it – plus, the hike to the second is supposed to be a bit more strenuous. On a good day, this view is amazing as you can see from downtown to Santa Monica. It’s one of the best spots to get a glimpse of everything the city has to offer.
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Got a spot in your city with great scenic views? Let me know because I’d love to visit one day!