Scenic Spots of Los Angeles



Scenic Spots of Los Angeles

The list of number of scenic spots and vacation rentals in Los Angeles is as large as the city itself. One can easily spend days on end exploring just the museums alone without even having glance at the Hollywood section. The beaches and lakes are other special places which also need looking into. With so much to see and do in this getaway metropolis, we have done careful research and narrowed our search down to these extremely beautiful scenic places just to make it easy for you to see Los Angeles in the limited time you may have.

Set your sights on Hollywood

Los Angeles and Hollywood have always gone hand in hand. Celebrities from the glamour world are never too far away in this chic city. A mere walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame will bring you up close to more than 2400 figures from the world of entertainment all showcased in individual letters of gold. The Chinese Theatre is a must for film fans, especially the hand and footprint section of the famous stars. Hollywood may not have the glitter and glitz of past, but even today retains its star quality.

Study the Getty Center masterpiece

With a location on the top of hill which could be the envy of any museum in any part of the world, the Getty Center has so many impressive collection of works, that it covers almost the entire history of art pieces under a single roof. Apart from some spectacular paintings by Rubens and some Impressionist pieces from Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Renoir to name a few, there is a classical photography section which makes the visit to this awesome place worthwhile. The sculpture buffs will be delighted to view the Miro and Moore statues in the garden of sculpture.

Go and splurge at Rodeo Drive

There is no better place on the whole planet where one can fulfil all the shopping dreams at the best shops than on Rodeo Drive, LA. There are few persons who can venture out to actually purchase anything at Rodeo Drive, such high are the price tags, but that doesn't deter anyone from doing window shopping. A walk along the multi million Two Rodeo walkway will bring you up close to simple tourists as well as the high spenders.

Pay a visit to the Wayfarers Chapel

Surrounded by extreme beauty, the Wayfarers Chapel has always something special taking place all the time, be it a wedding, baptism or a memorial service. Located in Rancho Palos Verdes, this chapel overlooks the Pacific Ocean in a grove of towering redwood trees. This fine structure, made up entirely of glass and stone by the renowned organic architect Lloyd Wright in late 1940, showcases the best example of a little chapel envisaged as a resting point for wayfarers who wished to stop to meditate and pray to God. Today the Chapel stands out like a shining jewel on the dust knoll with the blue Pacific glistening in the background.

Get mesmerized by the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Located in Rancho Palos Verdes as well, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park presents some of the most stunning images of cloistered tide pools especially at sunrise. There is a wide variety of marine life to be seen and the State Ecological Preserve, making it a instant hit with children.The reserve comprises of two beaches, Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove which both offer beautiful views of dramatic crisscrossing trails. A parking area nearby offers public enjoyment facilities like picnic tables,restrooms for optional use by paying an entrance fee.

Enjoy the views from Mount Baden-Powell

Originally called Mount Baldy, Mount Baden-Powell got its new name in 1931 after Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement.This popular peak in the San Gabriel mountains, provides lovely views of the Mojave desert and Los Angeles Basin area. Hiking is very popular here, where trekkers pass through different eco zones, especially the 2000 year old pine forests which occupy the pride of place on the top of the ridge. The mountain is accessible round the year, with the summer months requiring additional supplements of water when climbing.

Browse around at the Last Bookstore

With physical bookstores dying out in dozens day by day because of the advent of e-books and Internet, visiting this largest new and secondhand bookstore in California is indeed a revelation. The outlet, till this very day, continues to buy, sell and trade in books as was the fashion in the hey days. The two floors offer a unique collection of over 250,000 books, both new and used, including a rare book annexe. The Last Bookstore is now the biggest independent bookstore in the whole world, occupying a large retail area in a Victorian setting, in a mission to keep the paperback book culture alive.

Watts Towers

These exquisitely sculptured towers, were created by an Italian immigrant, Sabato Rodia, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1934 and are situated in the Los Angeles Watts community. This monumental piece of architecture are made of a steel core, wrapped in iron mesh and plaster with mortar. The inlay has been completed with glass, tiles and rocks. While the foundation is just 14 inches deep, the tallest of the towers rise to a height of nearly a hundred feet, making it a true construction marvel.


In the end, this put together list of the best scenic spots keeping the perspective of Los Angeles in mind, will be perfect to do something on a lazy afternoon in the city.

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