Tourists never fall short of reasons to visit the City of Angels! Iconic skyscrapers, sunny weather, gorgeous beaches and rich cultural diversity make it a favorite destination among travelers from all across the world. But, did you know that it is also home to ample green spaces for nature lovers?
US parks have been drawing plenty of people ever since their inception. More than 318 million people visited the national parks across America in 2018 alone, according to a study published by the National Park Service. If you are in LA and looking for a peaceful getaway, check out these delightful spots.
1. Runyon Canyon Park
One of the most beautiful places in the city, tourists can check out the LA Basin, million dollar mansions and Sunset Strip from here, according to an article by US Local Guide. There are three trails in the park – Western High Way Trail, Runyon Canyon Fire Road and East Ridge Trail for visitors to enjoy a hiking experience. Reach Clouds Rest and Inspiration Point for great scenic views.
2. Griffith Park
The world famous Hollywood sign rests here on Mount Lee Hill. Spread over more than 1,700 hectares, the park houses the Griffith Observatory, an equestrian center, The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden and The Greek Theatre. Griffith Park is one of the largest parks of North America, located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountain Range.
3. Grand Park
This is a well established, 12 acre park with lots of open spaces to sit and relax or take a stroll in. The park stretches from the Los Angeles Music Center to Los Angeles City Hall and has a host of amenities. Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, shaded sidewalks, sprawling lawns for various performances and kiosks are located inside the park, making it a popular space for both locals and tourists.
4. Exposition Park
Exposition Park is located in the southern end of Los Angeles. Here you can see the California Science Center, Exposition Rose Garden and Banc of California Stadium. The 1984 and 1932 Summer Olympics were held at this park.
5. Tongva Park
Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Tongva Park is nestled between Ocean Avenue and Main Street. It is a 6.2 acre, perfect picnic spot for tourists and locals. Inside the park, you will see beautiful fountains and big playgrounds, while enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Pier.
October is the best time to visit any national park because the prices are lower at this time, the weather is pleasant and they are less crowded, according to an article on Country Living. So, the next time you plan a trip, keep this little secret in mind!