Hollywood Sightseeing Tours

Hollywood Sightseeing Tours
Hollywood, California is a place of excitement and adventure for tourists and locals alike, but it also has great attractions for those who enjoy nature. With the hills around the Hollywood sign on the east side of the city and Mulholland Drive on the west, Hollywood is filled with many sightseeing opportunities.

Lake Hollywood Reservoir

Established in 1924 as part of the Owens Valley water reclamation project, the Lake Hollywood Reservoir area has become a popular place for people to get away from the city for a while. Because the reservoir is a main source of drinking water, swimming and boating in the lake are not allowed, but the area is full of native plants and beautiful scenery to explore. The trails around the Lake Hollywood Reservoir are a great place for birdwatching, with hawks, ducks, woodpeckers, blue jays and more making their home there. The reservoir is also a fantastic place to see wildlife like rabbits, squirrels, deer and coyotes. The Lake Hollywood Reservoir opens at 6:30 a.m. each morning and closes at different times throughout the year.

Lake Hollywood Reservoir
2460 Holly Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 913-4688

Griffith Park

Welsh born Griffith Jenkins Griffith, a self-made industrialist, donated a majority of the land that is now Griffith Park for the purpose of building a nature retreat for the citizens. The park is located just northeast of the city of Hollywood and covers more than 4,000 acres of land with several recreational activities and hiking trails, including a trail that leads from the park up to the famous Hollywood sign. There are also a few lakes for you to enjoy and a bird sanctuary where you can view the native species in their natural habitat. There is also a nature museum on the west side of the park that features plants, flowers and all types of foliage from the local area. Griffith park is open each day from 5:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. each evening.

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688

Runyon Canyon Park

Covering over 130 acres, Runyon Canyon Park is just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard and has many hiking trails through the canyon where you can enjoy the serenity of nature while being just a short distance from downtown Hollywood. One of the trails that starts from Mulholland Drive will take you up to a point called Indian Rock, that gives you a 360 degree view of the entire canyon, being the highest point in the park. The trails are well marked and each one will provide you with between a 60- to 90-minute walk through very secluded parts of West Hollywood. There are other points on the eastern part of the canyon like Cloud's Rest and Inspiration Point that can give you fantastic views.

Runyon Canyon Park
Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90065
(213) 485-5572

Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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