Where should you go to get a breathtaking view of Los Angeles? It is a good question. No doubt about it!.. Los Angeles is such a big and spread out city that in order to get the best view of it, you might want to explore a few places (which are worth visiting on their own) and see this beautiful City of Angeles from different angles. And since Los Angeles is famous for its healthy lifestyle, I would suggest to put on some sneakers and combine your sightseeing with hiking.
2. Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Getty Center is one of two campuses of J. Paul Getty Museum, one of the world’s largest art organizations. Located on top of the Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood, the Getty Center amazes with its breathtaking views facing Westwood and Downtown L.A. on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The museum is incredible in its own right and is one of the most beautiful places in the city.
3. Runyon Canyon Park
N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
This popular hiking and dog-walking park in the Hollywood Hills with free yoga classes and 3 different routes ranging from easy (Runyon Canyon Road), medium (the Star Trail), and difficult (the Hero Trail) offers magnificent views of the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory on the east; Downtown L.A on the south east; Park La Brea, Wilshire Boulevard, and the Baldwin Hills on the south; the Pacific Ocean on the south west. And you can surely see Hollywood Boulevard with its Highland Mall, the Capital Records building, and the Chinese Theater. The park is also beloved hiking place of many Hollywood celebrities.
4. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (aka Culver City Stairs)
6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a tiny state park that is mainly known for a flight of stairs. You have three routes to get to the top: climbing the 282 concrete stairs, walk along the paved road, or hike up the dirt path. No matter which route you choose, you will be glad you did it to the top where you get incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains, Downtown L.A., Hollywood, Westwood, and Culver City.
5. Stough Canyon Nature Center/Stough Canyon Park
2300 E Walnut Ave, Burbank, CA 91504
Less popular and crowded than other parks and hiking places, the Stough Canyon Park is one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles. Located in the Verdugo Mountains, the park instantly marvels with lovely views of Downtown L.A., the entire Valley, and the Burbank Airport.