Sometimes you just need to kick back, relax and take it all in. These 5 “rooms” with a view will help you do just that.
1 Griffith Observatory
Fans of Rebel Without a Cause often visit the Griffith Observatory to see the site where the famed James Dean picture was shot. Everybody else comes to clock the view of the LA basin, which stretches from Downtown to Santa Monica.
2 The Standard Rooftop Bar
Say what you will about the Standard Hotel, with its lite-bright décor and uber-pop sensibility; nothing beats the cityscape views at the Standard Downtown’s Rooftop Bar. Take a dip in the heated pool, cocktail in hand, and gaze in awe amidst the bright lights of the big city. I’ve never personally lounged on the vibrating waterbed pods, but they come highly recommended.
3 The Hollyhock House
Commissioned by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the Hollyhock House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1921. A vision in itself, Angelenos-in-the-know come to the Hollyhock House to groove on Wright’s Mayan-inspired architecture while taking in the panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and that iconic LA landmark, the Hollywood sign.
4 Runyon Canyon Park
Haute hikers take note: Runyon Canyon is the next trail to hit for picturesque So Cal flora and fauna, not to mention various spectacular views of the city. Meditation practioners may lose their breath at Inspiration Point, which looks out over the entire city all the way to Catalina Island.
5 Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park
Indulge your inner-tourist, roll down to Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s amusement park on the water. The breathtaking views of the Santa Monica coastline from Pacific Wheel over 100 feet above the pier as well as the LED lightshow on the wheel itself, may have you skipping skee ball all-together.