7 Places to Enjoy Views of LA
Los Angeles boasts some amazing views, whether you want to take in the sunset, sunrise or skyline. Hike, drive or even take public transportation to these seven spots to get the best Insta shots or the perfect backdrop for a date night with your favorite person.
This park is easy to get to and there’s no hike required to earn your stellar views of downtown Los Angeles. Just take a short walk from the parking lot and see the downtown skyline laid out for you in all its glory.
For a more expansive view of the downtown LA skyline, you can try the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. If you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you’ll even be able to see the ocean. Do be warned, though, you’ll want to try to get to this spot early in the morning, for the fewest crowds, as it is a popular spot.
The Getty Center is not only a free museum, it’s also a popular viewpoint accessible via public transportation. So, get on up there and enjoy the views of downtown Los Angeles, Westwood and the ocean. East to west, it all makes up a beautiful panorama that’s hard to beat.
Of course, everyone knows the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park offers some amazing views of all of Los Angeles. You can hike to the observatory, if you’re feeling adventurous and energetic, but if you’re running low on steam after a day of exploring LA, you can just drive to the top of the hill. However, this is another spot that can get kind of crowded, so try to go in the morning, and on weekdays.
On the other side of the Hollywood Hills lies the San Fernando Valley. Perched on the east edge of Mulholland Drive, The Universal City Overlook is a less crowded spot that overlooks Universal Studios and the entire Valley. Plus there’s plentiful seating for you to take in the views at your leisure.
If you can’t get away from the heart of downtown Los Angeles, whether you’re staying there or in town for business, no worries — you can still enjoy some awesome views in a semi-secret and untouristed location. Just head up to the observation deck on the 27th floor of Los Angeles City Hall. The staff at the entrance can point you in the right direction after you go through security. Here you’ll get a bird’s eye but more intimate view of Downtown LA and likely have it nearly to yourself.
If you don’t mind spending a few bucks, you can get an even higher view of downtown Los Angeles from the observation deck on the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. The deck, called OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, is $25 to enter. The best time to visit is mid-day. While you’re there, try out the Skyslide, where you slide 1,000 feet above Downtown for a view like no other.