Social distancing and driving are the best things since slice bread. Driving’s cathartic, it clears your head.
But cruising to a beautiful view or sitting at a beautiful restaurant that overlooks Los Angeles is imperative to not only your sanity but for the LA experience.
Growing up here, going to look-out points never got old.
I went on dates, drove to look-out points in LA, picked up some sandwiches, and ate them with a view of the San Fernando Valley at our fingertips.
I would go with friends for picnics (and pictures). The options are endless.
I’ve thrown in a couple of my other favorite views that aren’t look out points as a wildcard. I’d love to hear your adventures when you visit these places, so please comment below!
But ultimately, the view is important to me, the view signifies that there is so much life out there to be lived.
When I have encountered hard times, depression and sadness, a beautiful view always reminded me that there was a whole world outside my head.
Here are 7 best look-out points in Los Angeles (in no order of favoritism)
- Del Cerro Park, Palos Verdes, CA (OPEN)
This place has an incredible view of the ocean and of Catalina (and ample parking). Some days, Catalina is so clear you can see the native tiny buffalo (not really, but maybe). There’s also a hiking trail called the Burma Road Trail attached to the park which is a nice easy hike that is still scenic and still a work-out. I went here with my friend and the guy she was dating at the time and his friends. He was interesting, a high-school drop out that wanted to become a teacher. My friend also taught him to ballroom dance for the first time. They broke up after 3 months.
- Top of Topanga Overlook, Woodland Hills, CA
3400 N Topanga Canyon Blvd (OPEN)
Benches? A parking lot? A beautiful view? Memories from both high school and beyond that I can both cringe and smile about? Check. Making grim conversation with old boyfriends, catching up with old friends, picnics, more picnics, and driving down the winding roads to discover this beautiful view; this place has a special place in my heart. It’s always my first recommendation for a look-out point so check it out.
- Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl
7036 Mulholland Drive, Hollywood (Bookmark for later)
When I was about to leave to embark on my brand-new journey as a grade-A college wannabe alcoholic (refer to last post), my friend Maha and I went to this look-out point. Perfect for pictures, perfect lighting during sunset + a killer sunset, but not a ton of parking. It is temporarily closed because of COVID-19, but driving down Mulholland is where the views are AT, let me tell you. Bookmark this one for when it’s open, it doesn’t disappoint.
- Los Arboles/Rocketship Park, Torrance, CA
Driving with my friends in my Jewish youth group, we slowed down the car to see a car parked and rattling. Immediately we knew what was happening, even though none of us (maybe some of us) had experienced it. We also smelled some pretty strange smells in the air as we rolled down the windows. But other than sex, drugs, and rock & roll, this park has beautiful views of the South Bay and parking. What’s sexier than a good parallel park, am I right? There is a giant rocket-ship and if you are coordinated (unlike me) than you can climb it and see even better views, feel like a third grader, and laugh. We love some good nostalgia.
- LMU Bluff, Westchester, CA
Hey, go lions right? The LMU Bluff is also about sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll and does not harsh on the views, let me tell you. I was so lucky to attend this school. But you don’t even have to go to the school to see what the bluff has to offer. Cruise through the front gate (I would recommend the weekends and later than 2:00 pm) and you can see all of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Sign is right there as you drink Champagne at Senior Sunset and laugh with your friends, as you quiver that you are about graduate in a week. Go for a picnic, go for a great view, or if you went to LMU, it’s basically nostalgia in the best way possible.
6. Intercontinental Los Angeles, Downtown (HOTEL OPEN)
Sushi restaurant: Sora (closed for COVID, but bookmark for next time, trust me)
Okay this hotel has amazing views. You can go up to the Sky-deck bar or hit the all you can eat sushi with a view of all of LA (and beyond). I felt like a Bond girl when my friend and I went here and ate the sushi (which is on a conveyor belt) and drank the strongest sake drink I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve always wanted to take a guy there, so if you have that special someone, this is an amazing date place. Insider tip, ditch the conveyer belt and order a-la-carte. You will eat better food, for cheaper, and the view is always included.
7. My old apartment, Downtown Los Angeles
Hell no, I will not give you my address!!!
Your welcome if you ever saw my rooftop jacuzzi or rooftop or home. My apartment was basically built to show guests around. With an aerial view of Downtown LA, my old apartment will always be missed. You could see the snow-capped mountains and see all the way to Palos Verdes. You can also spy on other condos. I will miss everything about it, except not living alone.
Views from the 6? I would say views from the 90014. I couldn’t think of 10, because I realize many of our views are in hikes, in rooftop bars, so stick with me for future posts about my favorite rooftops in LA!