The 8 Most Photogenic Places in Los Angeles
Want to fall in love with Los Angeles again? From a humble artist’s avant-garde front yard to the estate where Charlie Chaplin and Mae West partied in the Golden Days, here’s where to take a selfie to remember…oh, and fall in love with the City of Angels all over again.
InterContinental L.A. Downtown
Not afraid of heights? Then you’ll be all about the 70th floor Lobby Lounge, where you can revel in the wraparound views. If you are up for the great outdoors, you can get even higher on the 73rd floor at 73 Spire, the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.
The Stahl House
You may recognize this classic of midcentury architecture from ’90s sci-fi flicks (Galaxy Quest, The Thirteenth Floor) or the famous Julius Shulman photo, but you probably haven’t been able to trod its storied Hollywood Hills steps, unless you’ve stalked the $60 tour tickets three months in advance. But the view? The best sunset east of Malibu.
Angels Gate Park
There’s a lot going on in this public park at the tip of San Pedro: a stunning cliff view over the Pacific anchored by a gorgeous attraction. It’s a traditional pavilion covering the Korean Bell of Friendship, a 17-ton bell that was a gift of the South Korean people to the United States in the 1970s.
The Hollywood Sign
There are easy, moderate and strenuous hikes up to the Hollywood sign, where you can be one of the relatively few mortals on earth to stand behind the letters and look down over them (and read “DOOWYLLOH”). Be sure and keep your eyes peeled for that elusive local celebrity, mountain lion P-22.
Echo Park set designer and artist Randlett Lawrence, has spent nearly two decades turning his yard into a sparkly paradise of more than 1,000 glass bottles filled with colored water and hung on 35-foot-tall rebar. (The highlight is a trippy abstracted Virgin of Guadalupe.) Take one of the Sunday tours, make a solo appointment or just stroll by and gaze up adoringly from Lemoyne Street.
This chapel is perched on the cliffs above the Pacific between San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. Designed in 1946 by Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son who also designed the Hollywood Bowl), the intention of this open-air space was to become more enclosed as pines planted on its sides grew into natural walls. You can visit it most days, rent it for weddings and baptisms and even attend church service.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Does an elegant estate with rolling lawn and sprawling gardens make your heart race? The Virginia Robinson Gardens is just your cup of cappuccino. This 1911 mansion, the first home built in Beverly Hills, was where Chaplin partied, Mae West swished and Fred Astaire danced with Ginger Rogers. And now you can stroll acres of restored land, including the largest coral tree in California and a stunning king palm grove.
Maybe you drive this twisty hilltop road all the time or perhaps it’s just the road you take as a freeway detour. But it’s not just about driving; it’s about where you pull over—there are seven scenic overlooks. So look down at the lights of Los Angeles and let yourself bathe in the reflected neon and incandescence. Welcome to dreamland, baby.