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There's so much beauty up in Los Angeles, it can be hard to take it all in. Hills, beaches and even freeways--here are L.A.’s eight greatest places to feast your eyes on.

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Korean Bell of Friendship, San Pedro

The spectacular stone pavilion housing a 17-ton bell--a gift from the South Koreans to the American people in 1776--is only half the beauty here. Just to the right, there?s a flat parcel of land that faces south to an expanse of breaking waves. It's a view that?s inspired countless car ads and a Lana Del Rey video.

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Point Mugu

Consider it like Malibu, but minus the ’tude and plus some rocks. Located 15 miles south of Oxnard, these five miles of coastline are the perfect place to hike without running into crowds.

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Griffith Observatory

“He spent all night staring down at the lights of L.A., wondering if he could ever go home.” Thanks, Bob Seger. We can’t hear “Hollywood Nights” without thinking of this über-romantic view.

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Tuna Canyon Park

What’s better than a promontory overlooking the endless Pacific? How about that plus a Zen spiral meant for walking meditation? This is one of the most solitary--and spiritually sustaining--five-mile loops among the hundreds in the L.A. area.

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Hermosa Natural Park

Maybe you’re more into watching the sun go down on man-made grandeur than the same old breathtaking Pacific Ocean views? Visit the 10.5-acre Hermosa Park, right on the edge of downtown, and chill on a bench, all dignified-like.

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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Here’s your more all-encompassing--and safer viewing--alternative to Mulholland Drive. Located in Culver City, this restored oil drilling field has a special viewing deck where you can see the entire Los Angeles Basin, from the ocean to the mountains.

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Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles

As a part of hotel-and-entertainment complex L.A. Live, the Ritz-Carlton is known for being in the middle of all the excitement downtown. But it’s got another, lesser-known appeal: From its rooftop pool, you can practically see the curvature of the earth.

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Stoney Point Park, Chatsworth

You’re driving along minding your own business and then, what do you know? Giant boulders in the middle of a suburban development. They’re more than 65 million years old and make for a great place to rock climb and hike--or just kick back and enjoy the sunset.

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