Ten Best Views in Los Angeles

Pacific Coast Highway Travel picks ten of the best views in Los Angeles, including Malibu, Santa Monica, the Griffith Observatory and the Getty Center.

Los Angeles is known for its stunning views, whether it's of the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean, or the surrounding mountains. Here are ten of the best views in Los Angeles:

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Ten Best Views in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory: Perched on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory offers panoramic views of the Los Angeles Basin, including downtown LA, the Hollywood Sign, and on clear days, even the Pacific Ocean.

Runyon Canyon Park: This popular hiking spot not only offers great trails but also stunning views of the city, especially at sunrise and sunset. You can see downtown LA, the Hollywood Sign, and the surrounding hills.

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Getty Center: Set atop a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Getty Center not only boasts world-class art collections but also stunning architecture and breathtaking views of the city and coastline.

Mulholland Drive: This iconic road winds through the Hollywood Hills and offers numerous lookout points where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, including the San Fernando Valley and downtown LA.

Top of the World: Located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood, this lookout point offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Bay, and on clear days, Santa Catalina Island.

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The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel: Located in Santa Monica, The Penthouse offers stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, and the surrounding coastline. Enjoy a drink or a meal while taking in the breathtaking vistas from this rooftop lounge. It's a perfect spot for sunset views over the ocean.

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Malibu Beaches: The coastline along Malibu offers some of the most picturesque views in Los Angeles, with pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, and stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

The Griffith Observatory in Griffith ParkThe Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park

Griffith Park: Aside from the Observatory, Griffith Park offers various vantage points where you can enjoy expansive views of the city, including the Hollywood Sign and downtown LA.

Santa Monica Pier: This historic pier offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the coastline stretching from Malibu to Palos Verdes. See our full page about Santa Monica Pier.

Echo Park Lake: Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, Echo Park Lake offers a tranquil setting with views of the downtown skyline and the surrounding hills.

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