I’m an East Coaster, so when I head to Los Angeles for a little fun and exploration, I love to do just that…EXPLORE. While there are lots of things to do in LA, one of the most liberating and refreshing experiences you can enjoy when you’re here is taking a drive through some of the best scenic spots here. From the beautiful beaches to the mountain ranges, there’s a lot to explore, and if you go on one, you’ll be able to see LA in its full glory.
Keep reading to discover our picks on some of the best scenic drives you can take when you’re here.
Griffith Observatory Loop
This one tends to be missed out by most LA residents too- most of us just visit the Griffith park for its observatory, but the observatory loop is one of the best scenic drives you must visit. Start from the east end of the park and you’ll be able to drive through the mountains and the canyons. When you’re on your way down, don’t forget to stop for a quick view of the city below- it is one of the best experiences ever.
The Canyon Roads
The Canyon roads cut through the Hollywood hills and the Santa Monica mountains, and are another great option if you’re looking to take a scenic drive in LA. These roads may be a freeway alternative, but you’ll still enjoy how breathtakingly beautiful they are, and the journey will be a treat for your eyes.
Start your drive from the entire length of the Pacific ocean through Hollywood and beyond, and you’ll notice how the Sunset Boulevard drive is much more than the glamour it is famous for. Infact, it is one of the most scenic and beautiful drives you can take- you’ll be winding up and down through the beautiful cities and before you know it, you’ll be at the sunset strip. Roll down the windows and take it all people!
Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific coast highway hugs the California coast- drive through to take in some of the most spectacular views you’ll probably ever see- the mountains on one side and the ocean on another. Best of all, the weather is amazing almost all year round, so if you’re driving a convertible, it’ll be a different experience altogether.
Palos Verdes Drive
Well known as one of the most beautiful drives across southern California, the Palos Verdes is another one to add to the list. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean at every turn you take, and also get out of the car whenever you can to stop and appreciate the scenic beauty. The windy roads, the underdeveloped hillsides and the dramatic cliff top views are all just too grand to resist, so make sure you add this to your to-do list on your trip to LA