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Top Parks and Gardens in Los Angeles

From Runyon Canyon Park to Echo Park, head to these top spots in Los Angeles.

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When you need a break from the nerve-fraying traffic and noise of Los Angeles, the city boasts a fantastic selection of parks, from forested trails in the Hollywood Hills to urban gardens filled with neighborhood charm and cultural fixtures. Check out these inviting green spaces in the City of Angels.

Griffith Park

The Hollywood sign at Griffith Park in LA.
The famous Hollywood sign.Foto: trekandshoot / Shutterstock

When city dwellers need to escape the grind, they flock to this sprawling wilderness area that cascades across the Hollywood Hills and [Santa Monica Mountains(https://www.viator.com/en-CA/Santa-Monica/d32539-ttd). The second-largest park in California, Griffith packs in miles of hiking trails plus cultural attractions such as the Los Angeles Zoo, Greek Theatre, and a miniature railroad. Don't miss the panoramic views from Griffith Observatory.

Lake Hollywood Park

Palm trees round the waters of Lake Hollywood Park in LA.
Calm waters in Lake Hollywood Park.Foto: Laurence Leung / Shutterstock

If you want to snap a picture of the iconic white Hollywood sign without the effort of a long hike, stop by this small park on the outskirts of the city. Dogs love the open grassy area, and kids can burn off some energy at a children's playground.

Echo Park

The fountains and swan boats of Echo Park in LA.
Take a swan boat ride in Echo Park.Foto: Strike First / Shutterstock

A lovely, leafy oasis that feels a world away from the grit of nearby Sunset Boulevard, this urban park lets you trade in billboards and traffic for palm-lined pathways and the serenity of Echo Lake. Rent one of the swan-shaped paddleboats for a uniquely LA experience.

Runyon Canyon Park

A hiker in Golden Hour takes on a trail in Runyon Canyon Park in LA.
A hiker in Runyon Canyon Park.Foto: Runyon Canyon Park

Beloved by local joggers and dog walkers, this scenic park hugging the Hollywood Hills offers fantastic views of LA’s urban sprawl and the Hollywood sign. Get there early to snag a parking spot, and check out the mansions along storied Mulholland Drive on your way. 

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