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Peter
Munich

Los Angeles

Best view points of the city during day and night?

I am looking for some great view points to take pictures of the city by day and night. What can you recommend? It doesn't have to be necessarily downtown LA it can also be another part of the greater LA area with nice views and interesting angles...


14 Answers

top answer by
Spencer from Los Angeles

I like some of the different rooftops, such as Hotel Erwin, and any number of others around the city. As others mentioned, Griffith Observatory and Runyon Canyon Park are great, and you can do a little bit of a hike for a little bonus. I particularly like both at sunset/twilight. Some of my favorite sweeping views are from hiking Topanga. What I consider a really overlooked place is Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Take the stairs to the top for a great panoramic from Culver City-ish. 


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  1. Hotel Erwin (hotel)
  2. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  3. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
  4. Topanga (city)
  5. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (attraction)
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answered by
Breanna from Los Angeles

Like Jenifer mentioned, Griffith Observatory is great for day and night views! (I think everyone who answers this will agree!)The Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown is a great structure for angles and clean lines. Plus not far you also have Union StationGrand Central Market, the Bradbury Building and Alameda St at Los Angeles St
I always get gorgeous shots at The Getty Center of the buildings and also of LA. 

For night time shots, try the Santa Monica Pier. The Ferris Wheel always looks brilliant against the setting sun.

Post a link to your shots after you check some of these places out!


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  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  2. Walt Disney Concert Hall (attraction)
  3. Union Station (attraction)
  4. Grand Central Market (restaurant)
  5. Bradbury Building (attraction)
  6. Alameda St at Los Angeles St (attraction)
  7. The Getty Center (attraction)
  8. Santa Monica Pier (attraction)
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answered by
Kristina from Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is a pretty good place to get some interesting views of the city... and you don't even have to leave the city for it. 

Any of the bridges in the west side of LA are pretty good photo op areas - especially if you were to do a slow shutter speed (Wilshire and 8th street are great).

Another is Elysian Park. The way the sunset light shimmers on the buildings in downtown is pure magic. 

One of my favorite things to do is explore the hills of Palos Verdes/Miraleste/San Pedro to see the different views of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A good day trip is the Korean Friendship Bell. It sets on top of a nice hill and overlooks Palos Verdes, Catalina Island, and Long Beach (no LA city views however). Good luck!


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  1. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (attraction)
  2. Elysian Park (attraction)
  3. Korean Friendship Bell (attraction)
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answered by
Alex from Santa Barbara

If you feel like going on a hike (not too tough), then hike Runyon Canyon Park and you'll get a good view along the way!


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  1. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
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answered by
Kemkem from Malaga

If you go up Highland Ave, and turn right onto Cahuenga Blvd. Take your first or second left, doesn't matter, and go all the way to the top. You want to be on Blair Ave. You will have one of the most awesome views. The backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood with remnants of whatever movies are being filmed, plus the permanent ones like the Jaws lake, Psycho house, and the whole Valley and lights are in front of you. Immense, and beautiful. I lived right there for years, and never got tired of that view. Hollywood Reservoir also has nice views. Park the car on the hill and join everyone else walking the path. You might even see actors jogging the path.


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  1. Highland Ave (attraction)
  2. Cahuenga Blvd (attraction)
  3. Blair Ave (attraction)
  4. Universal Studios Hollywood (attraction)
  5. Hollywood Reservoir (attraction)
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answered first by
Jenifer from Berlin

The best view I've seen was from the Griffith Observatory inside Griffith Park in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake area. It can be quite the chore driving up to the top to park, so if you have time and like hiking, I'd suggest parking somewhere at the bottom, or half way up, then hike up to the top. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of LA. The Observatory itself is great and definitely worth a visit. It's free to get in, so there's really no excuse not to go since you're there already. Make sure to check out the random sundial and time measurement instruments around the outside.

It can get very crowded around sunset, so get there a bit early and grab a spot along the back balcony. You won't be disappointed.  The observatory is closed on Mondays, but otherwise open until 10pm. 


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  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
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answered by
Kristen from Los Angeles

On the west side, I love sunset views out over the ocean in Venice Beach and High Rooftop Lounge and in Santa Monica at the Hotel Shangri-La rooftop restaurant, Suite 700. Fantastic!


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  1. Venice Beach (city)
  2. High Rooftop Lounge (attraction)
  3. Hotel Shangri-La (hotel)
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answered by
Valerie from Los Angeles

Loyola Marymount University has the bluff trail that has a pretty good view of Los Angeles. The trails starts right by the entrance of the university you can't miss it on your way in! You would have to park on Campus (you have to pay) or across the street up W Bluff Creek Dr and walk over. 



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  1. Loyola Marymount University (attraction)
  2. W Bluff Creek Dr (attraction)
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answered by
Goksen from Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory is one of the best view point of LA daytime and nighttime especially for panoramic shots. 

Also I enjoy the view from Runyon Canyon Park during the daytime if the weather is clear and you can go for hiking to Runyon Canyon and possible to see celebrities who come for hiking. 

 I like Rancho Palos Verdes views for sunset with the ocean view.


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  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  2. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
  3. Rancho Palos Verdes (city)
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answered by
Ford from Midland, Texas

Griffith Park or Mulholland Drive in Hollywood Hills for sure! Best seen at night. Also look into hiking up Runyon Canyon Park during the day. Great views!


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  1. Griffith Park (attraction)
  2. Mulholland Drive (attraction)
  3. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
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answered by
Andrea from Los Angeles

Yamashiro Restaurant terrace.  Off Franklin, above the Magic Castle, a lovely spot for dinner, and then a stroll in their little garden above Hollywood.


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  1. Yamashiro (restaurant)
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answered by
Brady from Manhattan Beach

During the day, I would say the Getty Museum. At night, or at dusk, try the Griffith Observatory


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  1. Getty Museum (attraction)
  2. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
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answered by
Jeff from Los Angeles

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  1. Hollywood Hills (neighborhood)
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answered by
Louise from Los Angeles

Temescal Canyon Park for views of Santa Monica and Century City and the rooftop of Perch for the best view of DTLA.


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  1. Temescal Canyon Park (attraction)
  2. Perch (restaurant)




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