Here’s how to spend a perfect morning in Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is a sprawling urban oasis that offers endless opportunities to explore and relax. With over 4,000 acres of natural beauty and hidden spots to discover, this park really is a microcosm of the best that LA has to offer.
Fancy spending a morning in Griffith Park but not sure where to start or what to do? We’ve got you.
Head to Griffith Observatory
To start your day in Griffith Park, head to the iconic Griffith Observatory where you can catch a seriously breathtaking sunrise and take in stunning views of the city below. Explore the interactive exhibits and gaze upon the stars at the planetarium, all while surrounded by the park’s lush greenery and natural beauty.
Spot the Hollywood Sign
After you’ve explored the observatory, it would practically be a crime to not take the time to appreciate the park’s most famous landmark: the Hollywood Sign. While the sign is visible from many parts of the park – and so can act as the perfect backdrop for your ‘gram shots – you can hike to the top of the nearby Mount Lee to get an up-close view.
Take a hike…
For those looking for a more active morning, Griffith Park offers a wide range of hiking trails that cater to all levels of experience, from haven’t-hiked-in-my-life to I’m-a-hiking-genius levels. One of the most challenging hikes is the Brush Canyon Trail, which takes you to the top of Mount Lee and provides panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. This hike is best for experienced hikers who are up for a challenging climb, but the views at the top are well worth the effort.
For a more leisurely hike, check out the Fern Dell Trail, which winds through a lush forested area and provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. This trail is perfect for those looking for a more relaxed and scenic hike, and offers plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the natural beauty of the park.
If you’d prefer to explore on two wheels versus by foot, you’ll be pleased to know that Griffith Park is also home to over 50 miles of bike trails – it’s also been dubbed one of the best places to cycle in the city which is pretty impressive, right?.
You can rent bikes at various locations throughout the park – the main spot is Spokes ‘N Stuff Bike Rentals which you can find on 4730 Crystal Springs Dr and it’s open between 2-6pm from Monday to Friday and 10:30am to sundown at the weekend. (Tip: it’s cash only during the week so don’t be caught short and turn up without!).
…or even explore by horseback
Exploring by foot or wheels not good enough? How about visiting some of the most natural parts of the city by horseback instead? Yep, we’re not kidding – you can experience the park’s natural beauty and even ride right up to the top of Mount Hollywood for panoramic views of Los Angeles by horse if that’s how you roll. Brands like LA Horse Rentals offer this no matter your experience level and don’t worry, a trained guide is with you for every trot, skip and gallop along the trail from beginning to end.
And if that simply isn’t enough, don’t think that there isn’t more to get up to – from visiting the Old Zoo to playing a round of golf to watching a performance at the Greek Theatre, we really aren’t kidding when we say this park has something for absolutely every age and interest.
How far is Griffith Park from Freehand Los Angeles?
If you’re planning on visiting Griffith Park during your stay at Freehand Los Angeles (we think you should!), we recommend getting a taxi – the journey is around a 15 minute drive.
Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, or simply in search of a relaxing morning in the great outdoors, Griffith Parka is a true gem in the heart of Los Angeles. So book a stay at Freehand Los Angeles, grab your hiking boots, pack your camera and get ready to experience the best that LA has to offer.