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Parks & Nature in Los Angeles

Where local Airbnb hosts go be one with nature. Join them in their favorite parks, beaches, and trails.


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#2

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

318 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Griffith Park is a must see for nature lovers. It has amazing hiking trails, horseback riding, a restaurant, the L.A. Zoo and the Observatory all wrapped up in one.

Enormous urban park with miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, pony rides, miniature train ride, a carousel, tennis courts, a swimming pool and golf courses. Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, the Gr... read more

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith park has some of the most beautiful views and hiking trails. It also has an observatory, from which you can see the Hollywood sign and a bi... read more

#3

Silver Lake Reservoir

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1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A favorite for a walk or run. One loop is just over 2 miles. Great playground for young kids. Stellar examples of modern architecture, several Neutra and Schindler houses nearby.

Go for a jog or run around the Silver Lake Reservoir - there are nice paths and even a grassy meadow to lay a blanket down and enjoy the sun.

Take a walk or a jog around the lake this area was named after. On the east side of the lake is the famous Neutra house which is across from the Silver Lake meadow that is adjacent to the lake.

#4

Echo Park Lake

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751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

200 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The whole park is recently renovated. Pedal boats available to rent. The lake is filled with lotus flowers. Beautiful grassy areas for picnics. Small cafe. Walking/running path around lake.

When you think park and LA, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic Echo Park Lake, featured in many movies, TV shows and music videos. Take a nice walk or pedal boat around the lake with ... read more

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, a great place for surfing, walking, exercising, and biking. Bicycle re... read more

From SM Pier take a walk/bike ride along boardwalk to Venice, takes about 20 minutes of wonderful views. Be prepared Venice can be an eye opener! Many street performers, restaurants, bars and uniqu... read more

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great workout! A 10 min run to the hill and amazing exercise spot. You can run up the stairs or take the easy route. It's as difficult or easy as you want it to be. The scene at the top is worth it!

It's 282 steep, concrete stairs to the top of this Westside lookout, with a windy, paved walk down. On weekends and weekdays after work, the wide stairs are jam-packed with young locals, couples a... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hiking with literal cougars...real ones with baby cats in tow. There have been news reports of bikers/hikers being seriously mauled by cougars and requiring hospitalization. Warning!

Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

You can go across the canyon and up Entrada Road and take a great hike which will lead you to Eagle Rock. Looks like an eagle flying with it's wings spread. Climb to the top and look over, there ar... read more

#8

Barnsdall Park

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$· 4800 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is really a treasure. For architecture buffs there is a Frank Lloyd Wright house / museum. For art fans there is an art gallery. And for all you winos, they host wine tastings every Friday in ... read more

This is a hidden treasure, perched on a hill, at the edge of Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhoods. There is the Municipal Art Gallery as well as the late Aline Barnsdall's home designed by Frank L... read more

A small park that often hosts interesting events. From their website: "Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project. Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest eff... read more

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very affordable and very entertaining. Right on the boardwalk at the beach by the Santa Monica Pier. Street venders, street acrobatics, free parking (if you know the ropes) and a wide verity of tas... read more

Here's where Arnold got his workout on many years ago. Go take a look, or better yet, buy a day pass and workout in this world famous place :)

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our big local park with great trails for hiking and running. The nearest entrance is at the top of the hill where Duane meets Park. Just cross the street and you'll see the steep path into the park.

The easiest way to get onto the trails is to walk up Avon Park Terrace to Park. There is a little opening that leads you right to the trail. You can loop around in about 45 minutes.

A short walk up the hill from our place, the Elysian Park trail is a great hiking spot where folks walk their dogs, jog, there are even a couple horseback riders...

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local hike - steep in places, about an hour loop - great views of the city and Pacific Ocean, Malibu and Catalina Island. Parking $7 inside the park/free on Sunset Blvd. Bring water.

Temescal Canyon Loop offers a good workout along with ocean and canyon views. Temescal Gateway Park is situated just off Sunset Blvd in the Pacific Palisades, and this convenient urban location mak... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sprint the Culver City Stairs at Kenneth Hahn Park followed by crunches at the crest of the hill for one of SoCal's best outdoor cross fit challenges. Or hike the path to views of the Hollywood Sign.

Griffith may get all of the attention, but Kenneth Hahn is impressive in both size and topography for a park in the middle of the Westside. On top of the usual list of amenities, the Culver City pa... read more

Griffith may get all of the attention, but Kenneth Hahn is impressive in both size and topography for a park in the middle of the Westside. On top of the usual list of amenities, the Culver City-ad... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great park adjacent to Dodger Stadium. Great spot to hike, picnic or take the kids and/or dogs.

Elysian Park is across the street from the Airstream. If you walk up the hill and then turn right and go down the dirt path you will find yourself on a perfect path for a 2 mile hike or run. Ask us... read more

This park is a great place for stunning and different views of the city with multiple trails. If you want to see a baseball game, Dodger Stadium is right inside of Elysian Park!

41 local Airbnb hosts recommend

190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains: www.ecnca.org

This is a great place for hiking and seeing California native plants. It gives you an idea of California’s pioneer days. There is a small museum/nature education center which sells wildflower seeds.

If the weather is nice and you're looking to get out in a bit of nature, this is the place. Trails for all levels of ability. There's even a hike to a waterfall.

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Large park that offers free music, movie, and children's events.

Beautiful new Grand Park built just a couple of blocks away from this centrally located loft. Take a stroll, walk to the top and capture a view of downtown with City Hall being at the forefront.

The new Grand Park, is the park for Everyone. With its majestic views extending from the Music Center to City Hall, it provides Angelenos of all walks of life a place to relax & take in nature.

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorite beaches... park in the 26th street parking lot or free on the street-- try to get there early and spend the day. Walk to great local restaurants and shopping. :)

5 minutes away from Manhattan Beach. El Porto good for surfing / volleyball good for kids... lifeguards etc. The strand along the beach is good to bike for miles either north or south also ... read more

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great hike, hard to get lost. Go 30 minutes before sunset for panoramic sunset & city light views. Takes 45 minutes for one loop if you stay on main path. (Read parking signs or use pay lot).

It's way less crowded than Runyon and easier to find parking. That's pretty much all you really need=)

This is my favorite, low-key hiking trail. The first 10 minutes of the hike will definitely get your heart rate up, however after that, the views are stunning and it makes a full loop through a go... read more

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The beautiful Will Rogers Ranch features a museum, free docent tours of the beloved star's home, horseback riding, picnic areas with bbq grills, great hiking trails and polo matches on the weekends.

This State Park features Will Rogers home, a polo field, and numerous hiking trails. The moderate hike to Inspiration Point is worth it! Approx 45 mins each way, picnics allowed! Fee to park charged.

It's a great slice of Old Hollywood history: Will Rogers used to host the cream of Hollywood at Sunday polo matches in his own polo field in front of his house. The home is now a museum and the pr... read more

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

While out on the boardwalk you've got to swing over to the skatepark! Always a mix of ages and skills you will see people doing crazy stunts and flying through the air! Professional riders frequent... read more

Venice Beach is famous for skateboards. Here's where the best of the best often show off their stuff!

#20

Lake Hollywood Reservoir

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2751 Lake Hollywood Drive·Map·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is more of a walk than a hike since it is mainly on a paved road around the reservoir but is very picturesque and easy to get to from our place with a car.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A walk along palisades park is another family favorite. There are bluffs with stunning views of the beach, pier and ocean. You can walk the whole length of Santa Monica in this park, the neighbor... read more

Cross the street and you're there! Many film shoots have used this park - you may see one! Bike path and walking path - plenty of grassy blanket and picnic space with amazing ocean views! This is l... read more

Walk along the palm and eucalyptus-lined paths here and it becomes obvious why tourists flock to this oceanside park in Santa Monica. Nestled between the beach and Ocean Avenue, this bluff-top trai... read more

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Easy to reach secret beach, no waiting in lines to park, on the marina where they do paddleboard lessons. Great area for sunbathing, no waves or swimming here - Tiger sharks and mantas breed here.

Paddle board or Kayak in the Marina! Bike rentals also available. Nice hidden gem here in Marina del Rey and a nice break when you want to get away from heavily populated tourist areas.

This small inlet of calm water contrasts the more rollicking waves of the Pacific. Named Mother's Beach because of its popularity with mothers and nannys with their kids. It's also a quiet spot f... read more

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, is a 150 acres botanical garden. At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy, who... read more

Beautiful spot to explore. Little coffee spot towards then entrance and then really nice paths to explore inside. A great spot to spend an hour or two!

Descanso is a great place for easy hikes, wheelchair and stroller friendly. A very close drive with beautiful botanic gardens, rose garden, California native gardens, Japanese garden and more, sur... read more

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bike path that takes you directly to the beach. Go right on Kensington Rd, enter the Culver Bl bike path and go West (to the right). At the end of the bike path, go left on McConnell Ave. This wil... read more

A less than 10-minute ride from the house takes you to the Ballona Creek Bike Path. Six more miles to the beach! Head north through Venice to the Santa Monica Pier or south to Hermosa and Redondo B... read more

Bike trail that goes from Culver City, Playa del Rey, Dockweiler Beach and Manhattan Beach. Jogging or walking great too!

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The infamous sign. Great photos from this dog park right below the sign. Great drive if you continue up Mullholland Hwy.

Hollywood sign. If you want to hike in this neighborhood to see the sign and also a great view of all of Los Angeles, go to Ledgwood and Deronda, walk up fire road and then right into trailhead.

Beautiful (unofficial) dog-walking park right below the hollywood sign. Really pretty at sunset. Take your zoom lens and see if you can spot the brangelina compound below.

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Restaurants, a movie theater, shops, a great nightlife, and all the amenities one could want to make life truly comfortable.

Great neighborhood with hip new restaurants, bars, and shops, and great cultural history

Local restaurants and vintage shops. Hipster scene.

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Walking distance to one of the most beautiful beaches in LA. Many bars, shops, and restaurants, as well as volleyball courts and a beautiful boardwalk!

Hermosa Beach is hands down my favorite beach to go. This town is home to many players of the LA Kings! It is less touristy in comparison to Santa Monica or Venice Beach, but has a great beach to... read more

Love Hermosa Beach! There's nothing like sitting on the warm soft sand enjoying the beautiful ocean. Great for enjoying solo or with friends & family. Bring quarters with you for parking.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A lovely hike through native oaks up into the mountains and to a waterfall.

Eaton Canyon Falls Trail is a great hike to get away from the city without having to actually leave. The falls trail is a moderate hike that takes you into the San Gabriel Mountains.

#29

Greystone Park

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905 Loma Vista Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Greystone Mansion, a historic site with a storied past, is tucked away in the hills and often overlooked. The mansion and spectacular gardens are home to some of the most elegant special events.

Historic mansion and gardens often used as a location in some iconic films. The site of the murder/suicide of Ned Doheny and his secretary, Hugh Plunket in 1929

The Doheny Mansion was built in the middle of the Great Depression era (129-1936) by a tycoon oil man Doheny in the first houses in Beverly Hills. The house is an european french style. The house ... read more

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Clean beaches with plenty of parking, close to beachside restaurants.

Beach: paid parking lots. Can park on Temescal and walk/bike/rollerblade the boardwalk all the way down through Santa Monica, Venice, and beyond. Free beaches north of Sunset Blvd if you park on PCH

In the 1960s it was a gay beach. Today there are volleyball courts where you can play or watch. In the summer you can rent a bike at Perry's Cafe. Bike tours of the Gold Coast and Venice can be booked