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Best parks in Los Angeles

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“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. ”
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Park
“Big park with great trails ranging in difficulties. Very family friendly. Greek theater nearby.”
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Museum
“Explore the grounds for free or check out the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. From June 28 to November 24, Serpentine Gallery is presenting an outdoor installation from Spanish architects SelgasCano featuring a criss-cross of airy rainbow tunnels. ”
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Lake
“This park is beautiful and featured in many commercials and films. Go for a picnic, a nice walk around the lake, and take a swan paddleboat out on the lake! The cafe at the lake, The Beacon, has delicious food and drinks. ”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“An oil-rig studded hill on the edge of Culver City’s industrial zone is an odd place for a state park. But that’s all part of this urban overlook’s understated charm. A destination for exercisers south of the 10 freeway, the park’s main draw is the steps: more than 260 stone slabs that deliver hikers—breathless, aching—to the top in under 20 minutes. If it’s your first time, don’t look back until you reach the top. That way you’ll maximize the surprise of this north-gazing view of L.A.’s east-to-west spine—far less photographed than the standard postcard pic snapped from south-facing Hollywood Hills, but just as worthy. Peer east toward Downtown’s skyline and the sprawl of South L.A. To the north and west, Century City high-rises and Westwood’s Mormon temple cut imposing figures, with the Santa Monica Mountains serving as a smoky backdrop. At happy hour, a no-frills workout scene flourishes, with people streaming into the park up until the moment it closes at sunset (and after). The hill’s central location and low-key crowd make you feel like you’re above the city, and within it, all at the same time.”
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“Memorial Fountain includes a spouted wading area that is a favorite place to cool off on hot summer days. At night, a light show draws romantic strolling couples and photo enthusiasts. The park also includes 24 botanic gardens inspired by the six floristic kingdoms of the world and plenty of green lawn for playing and relaxing.”
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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. ”
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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.”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Picturesque botanic gardens and oak forests showcasing native plants, water features and a casual cafe”
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Neighbourhood
“Awesome area downtown that has many breweries, restaurants, and amazing street art. Try Angel City Brewing for a good beer or Pie Hole for the best desserts in town”
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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.”
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“This is the closest major park to us. You can do some beautiful, fairy easy hikes here with good views. Hike by dodger stadium. We like to park near Grace E. Simmons Lodge and hike the trails up behind there. ”
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State / Provincial Park
“In what is now the town of Pacific Palisades, Rogers built his ranch, where he lived with his wife Betty and their three children, Will Jr., Mary and James. The 31-room ranch house, which includes 11 baths and seven fireplaces, is surrounded by a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, golf course, polo field—and riding and hiking trails that give visitors views of the ranch and the surrounding countryside—186 acres (757,000 m²). Beyond the ranch and the stables are the trails that lead to views of the countryside around the park. Since Will Rogers State Historic Park is on the tip of the Santa Monica Mountains, the trails have vistas of both the sea and the mountains. Visitors can hike to Inspiration Point, take the Rogers trail around the perimeter of the park or continue on into Topanga State Park via the Backbone Trail System.”
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“The ocean views are spectacular from the bluffs during a leisurely walk along the path”
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“A nice brisk walk that has moments of moderate challenges but for most part is just a great trial to see the San Fernando valley from up above, as well as stroll thru the star studded neighborhood and see all the beautiful homes of some your favorite stars.”
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“Take a stroll through Pan Pacific park, pack a lunch and have a picnic, or bring your kid and play on the various playgrounds.”
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