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Parks & nature in Los Angeles

Observatory
“The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935, in accordance with the will of Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor after whom the observatory is named. ”
1681 locals recommend
Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
1025 locals recommend
Museum
“Tar pits!! So cool and definitely something to see. West of downtown Los Angeles.”
310 locals recommend
Park
“Big park with great trails ranging in difficulties. Very family friendly. Greek theater nearby.”
355 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Yes, it's located in downtown LA but the views are incredible and it's a great place to eat and/or have a cocktail. Excellent atmosphere.”
345 locals recommend
Canal
“The Venice Canals in Los Angeles County are one of the most unique things you can do during a day at the beach. The canals are located right off 25th street in Venice Beach, and if you didn’t know they were there, you would easily walk right by them. The area is primarily a neighborhood of houses that line four canals about a quarter-mile long each. Along these channels are sidewalks and bridges you can walk to take in the views of this beautiful area. ”
277 locals recommend
Lake
“Great jogging/sight seeing area if you would like to just walk around to feel the neighborhood. During fall the water lilies bloom and it's very pretty. Beware of homeless people because they will be tenting out and the smell might bother you (Welcome to Los Angeles.) But it's a cute little park with so many other shops to stop by!”
305 locals recommend
Park
“Great park especially in the summer for kids. They have an outdoor splash pad that's open 24 hours a day. Cool views of historic downtown buildings, too. ”
107 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Hiking trail right outside our door leading to sweeping sunset views over the city. ”
174 locals recommend
Beach
“this is other very recomend place to visit and enjoy the moment , ocean breeze and stop for a refreshment or maybe a branch with nice surrounding. ”
132 locals recommend
Park
“There is a parking fee about $6 on weekends though free parking Monday-Friday. Easy to moderate hiking trails. Playgrounds, ponds, ducks, geese, and exercise equipment (top of the park). Excellent views of DTLA and the LA Basin. There is parking near the entrance and on top of the hill. ”
124 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Topanga State Park is a California state park located in the Santa Monica Mountains, within Los Angeles County, California. It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park is located adjacent to the community of Topanga, within the City of Los Angeles. Covering 11,000 acres (45 km²), with thirty-six miles of trails and unimproved roads, the park's boundaries stretch from Topanga Canyon to Pacific Palisades and Mullholland Drive. There are more than 60 trail entrances. Topanga State Park is not only the largest park in the Santa Monica Mountains, but it's also considered to be the largest park located in the limits of a city. Enjoy ocean views from chaparral-covered ridges or relax in shaded oak groves.”
103 locals recommend
Beach
“very nice place to have lunch or dinner. ride bike enjoy the beach and a variety of very nice local places to visit ”
127 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Picturesque botanic gardens and oak forests showcasing native plants, water features and a casual cafe”
76 locals recommend
Park
“The vortex of great hiking near Venice, there are tons of good options from light hikes to difficult long day hikes. Close to Malibu and other great towns, easy to make a day of the whole area. Check out the Reel Inn near Malibu for dinner.”
95 locals recommend
Outdoor Gym
“You've heard about the infamous muscle beach? Great! So, go check it out while you are here! Yes, they really do work out that much and love to strut their stuff!”
104 locals recommend