I am constantly looking for new places to check out in Los Angeles. Especially places that have fabulous views of the city of angels. A long time ago I stumbled across a picture of someone on a bench with a gorgeous view of DTLA behind them. I saved the photo on my Instagram but it wasn’t until recently that I finally had time to go check it out. Oh my goodness I couldn’t believe what a hidden gem Vista Hermosa Park is!

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Does this give 500 Days of Summer vibes to anyone else? It isn’t the same spot used for that movie but I think this one is even better. This park 10.5 acres which is a good size for being so close to the heart of downtown.

I was expecting something small so I was pleasantly surprised. The only thing small is the parking lot. There is a lot of parking available in the neighborhood though.

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The bench is towards the opposite end of the park from where you enter so don’t expect to find it right away. When my Mom and I reached the bench we found a group of medical students who were having a picnic and taking lots of photos. This is a popular spot for sure. I absolutely loved the view and kept imagining coming back for a picnic on a date or for a get-together with my friends. There are plenty of picnic tables and open spaces.

Interested in planning a picnic here? Amazon has some great picnic accessories.

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Vista Hermosa Park hours are 8 am to 8 pm. The address is 100 N Toluca StLos Angeles, CA 90026-5828.

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Looking for another place with a great view of DTLA? I love going to Echo Lake Park. Two other recommendations that I have for great views are OUE Skyspace or Griffith Park.

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Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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