If you want to take some time out in the California sun, Los Angeles is the perfect place to do so! With palm-tree lined streets, plenty of parks for Hollywood picnics, and beaches only 30 minutes away, there’s plenty of outdoor attractions in Hollywood, California! Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Los Angeles.
Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park located right in the heart of Los Angeles. There are short hiking trails that provide stunning downtown LA views or longer trails for expert hikers who want to climb the park’s peaks.
Sightseeing is the main feature at this park, as the hills and ridges allow for simply unmatched views of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica Bay, and nearby Griffith Park (where the Hollywood Sign is located). There are two outlook places within the park: Inspiration Point and Clouds of Rest. Both offer sprawling views of LA and are excellent photo op locations. There are also plenty of places for dog lovers to let their pups run free. Rock Mandala is a dedicated place for relaxation and meditation; it’s a rock formation created by director Robert Wilson and is in a park’s secluded area.
The Lake Hollywood Reservoir is a human-made lake that acts as an emergency water source for Los Angeles. A three-and-a-half-mile paved trail loop around the reservoir makes it one of the great outdoor attractions in Hollywood, California. The Reservoir is in Hollywood Hills below Mount Lee, the actual peak where the Hollywood Sign is located.
While much of the hiking loop is fenced off, the Mulholland Dam is the best place for photo ops in the park. You’re treated to views of Lake Hollywood with the Hollywood Sign in the distance, providing a natural scenic view of the mountain and the sign. The dam itself is also photo-worthy. This gorgeous dam was completed in 1925 and featured art deco architecture. You can visit the park by entering from Lake Hollywood Drive, near the parking for Cahuenga Peak. While high fencing and gates at the park entrance may make you think you’re in a restricted area, you can walk through the gate to enter the hiking trail.
The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most visited landmarks in the United States. You simply cannot visit LA without stopping by the Walk of Fame! The world’s most famous sidewalk features over 2,500 brass and terrazzo stars that celebrate the achievements of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. The most famous musicians, theater professionals, movie stars, radio hosts, and TV personalities are honored along the Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame is located on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard from Gower to La Brea. It also includes three blocks on Vine Street, from Yucca to Sunset.
The walk of fame is free to visit, as are the ceremonies when a new star is added to the walk. Check to see if a star ceremony is scheduled during your visit for a once in a lifetime opportunity! Which such an expansive register of stars along the walk, several online tools are available to help you map out where your favorite stars’ stars are. You’re also close to other LA attractions like the Chinese Theater when you take a walk around the walk of fame.
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