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The Best & Scenic Lookout Views in Los Angeles

Taking a break to enjoy the LA sights and skyline is much needed when you live in a city as hectic as ours. Thankfully, LA has many gorgeous lookouts that are perfect for pausing and taking it all in. They also deliver some instagram worthy photos if you need a new selfie to update the grid. We’ve found some hidden lookouts and also some famous ones that have become our instant favs in LA. We hope you appreciate the city’s beauty from each of these lookouts, because we know we did. Here are 5 of the best lookouts in Los Angeles.

1. Griffith Observatory

Location: 2800 E Observatory Road, Griffith Park

You haven’t really lived LA until you’ve been to the lookout at Griffith Observatory. It tops our list for obvious reasons: 1) it’s rich in history, 2) its fun to visit, and 3) it has the most breathtaking view. Hike up to the observatory if you’re looking to get your steps in or if you want to take it easy, parking is also available. We suggest packing a picnic basket and taking in the view with a snack. The best time for this lookout is around sunset where there is an orange glow in the sky.

2. Malibu Canyon Overlook

Location: Malibu Canyon Road, Malibu

Malibu Canyon is one of the most unique places to drive through, but, let’s be honest its difficult to take in the beauty of the canyon when you’re keeping an eye on the road. Luckily, you can pull over at the Malibu Canyon Overlook, and safely grab some pictures of the stunning views. Plus, it gives you nice break during a long drive to the beach. This lookout is also the start of a short “in-and-out” trail – the Nicholas Flat Network. The trail offers moderate to strenuous hiking opportunities, climbing up single-track trails with rewarding views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the surrounding area.


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3. Runyon Canyon Park

Location: 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Hollywood

Runyon Canyon is one of LA’s most popular hiking spots and for good reason. There are several beautiful lookout points on the way to the top. You can get a good view of Downtown, Century City, and the beaches on a clear day. In addition to that, you’ll also get a nice look at the Hollywood sign. We love that the scenic Runyon Canyon hike is beginner friendly and you can bring your dog along this trail too.

4. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Location: 6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City

Gorgeous views of the Los Angeles Basin, Pacific Ocean and mountains await you at Baldwin Hills Scenic overlook. You can either hike up the trail or take the stairs to this lookout. Make sure you bring some snacks to enjoy at the park’s picnic area too. Here’s a Pro Tip: one of our favorite parts of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is the parking lot. Yup, we found out that you can enjoy the views without worrying about getting a parking ticket.

5. Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl

Location: 7036 Mulholland Drive, Hollywood

The Hollywood Bowl has one of the best views of the city but most people don’t get to see it unless they’re at a show. We’ve got a way around that. The Jerome C. Daniel Overlook gives you those same views without the cost of a concert ticket. Enjoy views of The Hollywood Sign, The Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Bowl, and more. It’s one of the best places to snap a pic with visiting friends and family.

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