So you’re looking for the best views of LA? This post will help you discover my favorite locations for views of the city. Because I am constantly exploring and finding new places I will update this as I come across more places.

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Where to Find the Best Views of LA

Griffith Observatory

griffith observatory

Griffith Observatory has amazing views of the city both day and night. Plus, with the telescopes that the observatory has, you can get great views of the sky too. I highly recommend visiting one of the star nights to get access to the most telescopes. This location is always free to visit!


Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant

Yamashiro is a fun and delicious restaurant has lovely views of the city. I recommend arriving right when they open so that you can almost guarantee that you’ll get a seat by the window.

Vista Hermosa Park

vista hermosa park

Vista Hermosa Park is a wonderful place to go for a picnic or for a walk. This bench has such a fantastic view of the city!

Secret Swing in Elysian Park

hidden swing in elysian park

The Secret Swing is a unique place to go for a nice view of the city. It is only a short hike up to the swing though you’ll most likely find that other people know the secret too.

Echo Lake Park
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Echo Lake Park is one of my favorite spots in the entire city. Whether you ride a swan boat or just walk around you’ll see that this is a beautiful way to see the view of the city.

Burbank Peak Trail

flag on top of the burbank peak trail

Burbank Peak Trail also known as the Wisdom Tree Hike gives you a nice view of DTLA or the Burbank area. You can see Universal Studios from above too!

Top of the Hollywood Sign

How to Hike To The Top Of the Hollywood Sign

Seeing the city from the top of the Hollywood sign is a right of passage in LA.

About The Author

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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