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Best views in Los Angeles?

Will be visiting LA and want to take in the views! Ocean views, city views..from restaurants, hotels, parks, etc. Where are the best places to take some photos in LA?


12 Answers

top answer by
Valerie from Los Angeles

I have to put a vote in for the rooftop at Hotel Erwin, not only is it a great happy hour spot, but the view from the top is gorgeous! 

In Santa Monica, the views from the top of The Huntley Hotel are a-m-a-z-i-n-g AND recently renovated. 

A lot of people don't know about this, but I love driving up Adelaide Dr. Not only do you get an beautiful home views but at the very top, you get an even better ocean view. Way pretty and not widely known. It's my secret spot so shhh don't tell anyone ;)

If you're into photography at all, there's actually an original Camera Obscura in Santa Monica that was built in 1899 and still open to the public today. It gives you a really cool 360 view, hiiighly recommend checking out. Just walk into the senior center it's attached to and tell them you want to see the camera obscura and they will happily let you in.

For restaurants, I recently went to Mastro's Ocean Club - Malibu and was really impressed with the view. Whoa. Beautiful steak house, great food and an even better view. 

A friend of mine had a graduation lunch at Hotel Casa Del Mar and I was also way impressed with the ocean views here as well. Gorgeous hotel. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hotel Erwin (hotel)
  2. Santa Monica (city)
  3. The Huntley Hotel (hotel)
  4. Adelaide Dr (attraction)
  5. Camera Obscura (attraction)
  6. Mastro's Ocean Club - Malibu (restaurant)
  7. Hotel Casa Del Mar (hotel)
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answered first by
JP from Sherman Oaks, California

A must would be to go to either the The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Downtown LA, they have a revolving bar with a 360 degree view of the city, call to see when they open, I think its around 5pm. There is also a couple good restaurants there. Or a restaurant in Hollywood called Yamashiro, spectacular view. A great view is also from the Griffith Observatory. and even better if you park your car there and hike up to the top of Mt Hollywood. It's a moderate hike of about an hour. I also know you can go up to an observation deck at Los Angeles City Hall, I have never done this but I've heard about it. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (hotel)
  2. Yamashiro (restaurant)
  3. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  4. Mt Hollywood (attraction)
  5. Los Angeles City Hall (attraction)
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answered by
Brooke from Greensboro, North Carolina

I'd recommend Griffith Observatory (especially at night!)and the Sunset Tower Hotel for city views and Temescal Canyon Park, Gladstones Restaurant and Carbon Beach Club at Malibu Beach Inn for ocean views. There are also great views of the Hollywood sign on the N/S streets near Larchmont Village. Oh and of course Mulholland Drive! Hope that helps!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  2. Sunset Tower Hotel (restaurant)
  3. Temescal Canyon Park (attraction)
  4. Gladstones Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Carbon Beach Club at Malibu Beach Inn (restaurant)
  6. Mulholland Drive (attraction)
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answered by
Nicole from Los Angeles

Boy, I can't believe no one has mentioned Perch in downtown LA! It's got much better views than the Ace Hotel as there aren't as many buildings getting in the way (yet). WP24 is located on the 24th floor of the Ritz and has the best views you can get from downtown without being in an office building. (This will not be the case in 3 years when all the 30+ story buildings are built around it, so check it out now!)

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is nice. If you'd like to get the view without the sweat drive on over to Norman O Houston Park, which has parking and some pretty spectacular views.

Tickets to the uppermost deck of Dodger Stadium are incredibly cheap and the views are spectacular. NOT FOR THOSE WITH FEAR OF HEIGHTS.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Perch (restaurant)
  2. WP24 (restaurant)
  3. Norman O Houston Park (attraction)
  4. Dodger Stadium (attraction)
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answered by
Lauren from Los Angeles

There are some pretty prime ocean views in Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. Make a reservation at the High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwinwhere you'll enjoy a cocktail and a million dollar sunset (make reservations before you go. They also provide you with heaters and blankets to cuddle up as the sun sets over the Santa Monica mountains). Mastro's Ocean Club - Malibu has great food + drink right on the water. If you are up for brunch, The Huntley Hotel offers 360 views at their rooftop restaurant.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Culver City stairs) is a great work out and the sweat is worth the view - Instagram moment! 

For the ultimate DTLA skyline view at night, hit up The Standard Downtown LA or Ace Hotel Los Angeles rooftop bars. 


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answered by
Breanna from Los Angeles

One of my all time favorite places to go and just enjoy LA is the Getty Museum. The views are incredible, the museum is stunning (I mean, buildings constructed from travertine stone imported from Italy, hello!) and there's a garden and grass hillside that is just begging you to picnic on it. 

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  1. Getty Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Courtney from Los Angeles

The Hotel Casa Del Mar has a lovely view of Santa Monica as does Shutters On the Beach although the view from Shutters is basically at ground level. My two favorite places to sit and stare at the beach. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hotel Casa Del Mar (hotel)
  2. Santa Monica (city)
  3. Shutters On the Beach (hotel)
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answered by
Carol from Olympia (Washington)

For far reaching views of the city drive up to the Griffith Observatory. For street life try Hollywood Blvd and the Mann's Chinese Theater. If you like Japanese food and a view try Yamashiro in Hollywood. If you feel like driving the canyons try Stunt Canyon  out of Calabasas for stunning views of the Pacific.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  2. Hollywood Blvd (attraction)
  3. Mann's Chinese Theater (attraction)
  4. Yamashiro (restaurant)
  5. Calabasas (city)
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answered by

Hike in Elysian Park and you can almost forget you are in the middle of LA and you will also be able to take photos of downtown at Angels Point.  While you are there you can also stop by Echo Park Lake

Vista Hermosa Natural Park also has a nice view of DTLA.

Getty Museum you can take get some nice views of the west part of LA 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Elysian Park (attraction)
  2. Angels Point (attraction)
  3. Echo Park Lake (attraction)
  4. Vista Hermosa Natural Park (attraction)
  5. Getty Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Kelly from Los Angeles

One great view that will give you sweeping sights of the Pacific Ocean is at the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, a suburban area of Los Angeles about an hour from downtown. Built in 1926, the lighthouse is a beauty in itself, and on the second Saturday of every month you can climb its steps to the top free of charge. Come here for a picnic at the nearby park, which curves away from the lighthouse to frame it between Catalina Island in the distance and the rocky beach below. After sunset, drive a few minutes to Terranea Resort for drinks at Nelson's bar. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Point Vicente Lighthouse (attraction)
  2. Rancho Palos Verdes (city)
  3. Nelson's (restaurant)
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answered by
Pharow from Carson, California

The Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403 another great place to catch the sunset😎

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  1. The Huntley Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Kristal from San Francisco

Hi Melissa, 

I agree with the recommendation for Griffith Observatory. If you hike up Runyon Canyon Park or any Hollywood Hills trails, you'll get a great view! If you take a drive on Mulholland Drive you will also get great views of the city. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  2. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
  3. Hollywood Hills (neighborhood)
  4. Mulholland Drive (attraction)
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