I live in Los Angeles, but please don’t ask me what you should do here during your next visit. You might think that after living here for nearly 17-years, I would have all of the answers to the best restaurants, bars, etc, but I don’t. Why you ask? Because I’m a travel writer.
Being on the road all the time means the time I spend in LA at home with my wife is in our living room, curled up on the couch, binge watching whatever show we are behind on. Typically our nights are spent ordering in or cooking, so once again, I couldn’t tell you about the newest hot spot you just HAVE to check out. Sorry!
All of that being said, there are some things I wish I knew more of in my not-so-humble town. For example, where are the best views in Los Angeles? A question I had after seeing the Explore Your City campaign from Sapporo.
Best Views in Los Angeles
On an early Saturday morning, I set out with my close friend Lander to find some of the best views in LA. Our first stop was to the grocery store to pickup Sapporo Premium and snacks to enjoy when we made it to our first stop.
1. Hermosa Park
Chances are you have seen this famous bench view in a movie or TV show before. The view of DTLA in the background is breathtaking.
Vista Hermosa Natural Park
100 N Toluca St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2. Observation Deck of LA City Hall
Who knew there was an observation deck on the 27th floor of the LA City Hall open to the public? Make sure you have your government I.D. on you and simply tell the staff at the entrance you’re there to see the observation deck. Enjoy killer views of DTLA.
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3. Hilltop Park
If you find yourself in LA around the 4th of July, Hilltop Park in Signal Hill is where you want to be. You will see multiple shows going on at once, and is truly remarkable.
2351 Dawson Ave
Signal Hill, CA 90755
4. The Hollywood Sign at Mt. Lee
Hike up to the top of Mt. Lee from one of the many paths, and take in the incredible view overlooking the famous Hollywood Sign.
5. My Own Backyard
Sometimes the best views are right in front of you. In my case, my own backyard (or pool).
I’m ashamed to admit this, especially to my audience that are residents of LA, but I never use my pool. In fact, the four years I’ve lived in my condo, this might be my third time using it. I know, it’s a shame. I’m a horrible person–yada yada yada.
I promise you all of this will change. After adventuring around LA for 6+ hours looking for the city’s best views, it was a great feeling to return home to something that was my own. This summer has been exceptionally hot, so it was specially nice cooling off with a dip in the pool and a few Sapporo beers.