Parks & Nature in Los Angeles

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


Best of the best

#2

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

345 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.

Griffith Park is massive and has everything you can possibly imagine for a day in the great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, picnic benches, playground, merry-go-round, pony rides, train rides, Trav... 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·

154 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.

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.

A lovely park around an urban reservoir in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in L.A. There's a 3-mile running path around the reservoir, and a dog park at the southern end. Perfect for a picnic, a... read more

#4

Echo Park Lake

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751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

220 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.

"After a two-year makeover, the Eastside's historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its Downtown skyline backdrop amid the lotus flower bloom and the spray... read more

#5

Venice Beach

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1500 Ocean Front Walk·Map·

178 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Venice Beach is just a mile and a half South of Santa Monica. Park in Santa Monica, rent a bike and ride down the boardwalk to Venice beach, just like in the movies. Venice is the heartbeat of LA, ... read more

Venice Beach / Boardwalk is about a mile away. It’s an eclectic beach full of hipsters and homeless people. We like the beaches in Malibu (about a 30 min drive) for a nicer, more relaxing day, bu... read more

101 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

The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the sheer extent of activities one can enjoy. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautifu... read more

90 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!

The Topenga State Park is located in the Santa Monica mountains and has some of the most amazing hikes you can get to in the city. Most of them lead you to views either of the city (Downtown LA & S... read more

The park is situated entirely within the Los Angeles city limits and is considered “the world’s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city.” You certainly won’t feel like you’re in a ci... read more

#8

Barnsdall Park

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

100 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

This unique park, which offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign, is also home to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Junior Arts Center and the famous Hollyhock House that was de... read more

87 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-ad... read more

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 park contains a lotus pond, fishing lake and ... read more

87 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

37 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...

91 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!

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Los Liones is my favourite hike in LA. It takes roughly an hour-90 minutes from the top to bottom. At the top, there is a beautiful view of Santa Monica Pier and Malibu, and on a clear day you can... read more

Beautiful views of the L.A. basin and Pacific ocean. Plus a great workout!

77 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.

78 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

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

There are other hiking trails around here. They are a bit flatter. The San Gabriel Mountains are gorgeous, if you like hiking I do recommend our local trails. It can get quite hot and dry in the su... read more

73 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

67 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

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.

#20

Surfrider beach

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23050 Pacific Coast Hwy·Map·Hours·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The place that makes it into the international surf guides. The waves are really long and relatively smooth here. You can take one of our beach towels and enjoy the action first hand.

The original Malibu point-break is just North of the Malibu pier. A summer classic, come spend a day here to watch some long rights being caught by the local crew - or venture out yourself if you a... read more

54 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 Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Their mission is to practice exem... read more

57 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

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!

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 43-mile paved bicycle path, runs mostly along the Pacific Ocean shoreline in LA County, CA, 4-5 hours depending on your pace. Plenty of restrooms, water fountains, & places to eat, so relax & enjoy!

46 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

Rent a bike in Venice Beach and you have a Nice Bike Path to go to Hermosa Beach. The Bike Path is Very Secure from Marina Del Rey (MDR) to Hermosa Beach. Beautiful Homes From Manhattan Beach to He... read more

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

LA's current hippest 'hood. Don't miss this area for its restaurants and vibrant bar scene.

You might recognize the neighborhood from some of your favorite movies- Reservoir Dogs, La Bamba, Up In Smoke, The Rookie, Throw Mama from the Train, and more!

44 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 is a quick walk - only 2 blocks from house - and the beach is calm - there are no waves, since it's part of the marina, so it's more "safe" for mothers to take their kids to this beach - watch... read more

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best view of all of Los Angeles on top of the Hollywood Hill overlooking the entire valley. The hike up is strenuous, but the view is worth it. You can usually find parking on Lake Hollywood D... read more

Please, check out one of my favorite hiking spots in Hollywood. At the top of the hill you will have two options: turn left and you end up at "Wisdom Tree" where you can read the dive into the hund... read more

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another nearby beach option, a lot quieter than Venice and Santa Monica. It's a quiet beach town with some great eateries, best known as the location of Dockweiler State Beach, which is easily acc... read more

This under-rated beach is the closest to our home and not as crowded as others in the area. You can usually find free parking, or just take a quick Uber ride down. Enjoy your meals at Playa Provisi... read more

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This beautiful area features 6.5 acres of streams, koi ponds, and relaxing gardens

This appropriately titled Japanese garden sits just across from the Sepulveda Basin on the border of Van Nuys. The stony bridges and footpaths wind along a central pond, flanked by rockwork, manicu... read more

The gardens are a beautiful spot to behold. Truly a gift to the city, these gardens will make you want to pack your bags and go to Tokyo. Plan a day at the Balboa park and walk around the lake.