Up There, LA 10 Best Views

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Gaze upon one of the most iconic skylines and capture its beauty from above and beyond. Grab your camera for a local tour to admire ten of my favorite’s views of the wonderful City of Angels.


    1. Hollywood Sign

The top of the Hollywood sign is one of my favorite view of the city. You’ll have to hike for a few hours to be rewarded by this skyline from the Griffith Observatory to downtown LA along with the Pacific Ocean on the opposite right.



The plus: the most diversify and famed view with a few people around so you can enjoy it in peace.


    2. Los Leones Canyon – Topanga State Park (Pacific Palisades)

Hike Los Leones Canyon trail for astonishing sights of nature and city. Enjoy the Malibu Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the tentacular megalopolis via multiples hiking trails. The easier one is a 2.6 miles round trip hike and 550 elevation gain (more options available).


The plus: In the heart of the mountain, combination of color and fresh air make this hike more than pleasant.


    3. Mulholland drive

Drive alongside Mulholland drive for diversity and variety of landscapes. According to seasonality, traffic can be dense with a lot of tour buses. My recommendation: go early before starting your visits of the city or after sunset!

LA Skyline with the Hollywood Bowl


The plus: Driving a scenic and famous drive: L.A road movie checklist crossed!


    4. City hall

The perfect spot for an inside view of downtown L.A. Located nearby Broadway district, the city hall is the tallest building you can access for a 360-degree amazing view.

Downtown LA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad museum and more.


The plus: Definitely not a touristy place! Even some Angelinos never heard about it but shssss, it’s our secret 😉 (Free, not open on weekends).  


    5. Getty Museum

Admire beautiful gardens and observe Los Angeles, from Brentwood to the Pacific Ocean, with one of the most visited museums in town: the Getty. Don’t miss your chance to visit and discover its fine art exhibitions, outdoor sculptures and more.

Cactus garden (South Promontory)

The plus: At night, appreciate the red and white projected lanes as far as you can see the highway 405. The combination of traffic and city lights is lovely.


    6. Griffith Observatory

One of the iconic and beloved sights, the Griffith Observatory, offers a splendid observation point over downtown and the Hollywood Sign. Also, don’t miss your chance to glimpse inside to explore exhibits about cosmos.


The plus: No hike required and easy access!


   7. Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon is a well-known area to hike and run. Combine it with a lovely view of the city and you have a perfect combo for a few hours of delight.


The plus: Want to see a movie star? It’s one of their favorite playgrounds!


    8. The Secret Swing – Elysian Park

The secret not-so-secret swing in Elysian Park offers a unique opportunity: swing like an angel over the city. The view is opposite to downtown LA, which is definitely different from the traditional pictures of Los Angeles’ skyline. Perfect for a new….perspective!


The plus: The perfect Instagram shot!

    9. Angels Point – Elysian Park

Surrounded by lush and green areas, the Angels Point reveals a panoramic view including downtown L.A and the mythic and iconic Dodger Stadium. Let’s go Blues!


The plus: Pleasant surrounding park to relax, picnic, chill and enjoy the view a little bit longer!


    10. Dodger Stadium

During a baseball game at the Dodger Stadium, access the top deck level to admire the city. You can also picture it outside the stadium, directly from the parking lot.



The plus: Vibes and ambiance of the local baseball team to capture the skyline.


Which one is your favorite view? Share in comments.


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