Southern California Day Trips

Hollywood Sign and Los Feliz

Want to see Los Angeles from behind The Hollywood Sign? If you are interested in taking a moderate hike, the view and exercise are worth it. You will also be near the eclectic Los Feliz neighborhood, which offers views of hipsters, good food and The Greek Theatre.

Hollywood Sign Hike:

Park at 2864-2956 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068, and here is a Google map.  Parking is near this odd parking sign:

Parking Sign for Hollywood Sign Hike

Try to arrive no later than 8:30 am to avoid the heat and to find parking. The hike will take about three hours, and the hardest part is at the beginning as you walk up a somewhat steep hill. There will be plenty of others along the hike, including families with strollers and pets. The path is relatively easy after the first hour. Eventually you will be on top of The Hollywood Sign and see this view (it was a cloudy day):

Hollywood Sign

On your way back after the hike, if you veer left above the parking, you will find a dirt path that will lead you to the classic 1960s TV Show Batman’s Bat Cave.

The Batcave

Los Feliz and Food Options:

After the hike, grab brunch at Messhall Kitchen 4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. This restaurant has a nice patio, valet parking, craft beers and solid food. After brunch head over to Vermont Avenue, the heart of Los Feliz. Set aside a few hours to take a stroll between Hollywood Blvd and Los Feliz Blvd.  Spend at least an hour wandering through what many consider as one of the best bookstores in LA at Skylight Books at 1818 N. Vermont Avenue. Just off of Vermont Ave. and Melbourne Ave. is The Punchbowl at 4645 Melbourne, which is probably the best juice bar in Los Angeles.  Be patient as the juices are made fresh, but it will be worth the wait . Along Vermont you will also see the well-known Dresden from the film Swingers at 1760 N. Vermont Avenue. Grab a drink or an early dinner there.

Also in the Los Feliz area (specifically, Barnsdall Art Park) is the historic Hollyhock House at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027. The House reopened after 5 years of renovations that cost over $4 million dollars. The Hollyhock House is known as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces and his first project in Los Angeles. The House is one of Los Angeles’ architectural treasures that was originally commissioned for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall.

Hollyhock House

The House itself is an architectural marvel, but the lawns and the views of and from the House in Barnsdall Art Park are worth the few block walk from the main drag in Los Feliz.

View From Holly Hock House

If you still have energy catch a concert at the intimate Greek Theatre, where there is no bad seat in the house. Do attend a show soon as the Theatre may not be open for much longer as there there is a push to dismantle it. While enjoying a show at the Theatre, it feels like watching a concert in Endor Forest in the middle of a neighborhood of beautiful old Los Angeles homes.

Greek Theater Inside

Urban Scavenger Hunt:

You can also turn a trip to Hollywood into a giant game board with an Urban Scavenger Hunt.  Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour tour. Guided from any smart phone, you and your partners can make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of Hollywood, including the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater and other well-known parts of Hollywood Boulevard, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

The Scavenger Hunts are available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset.  Start when you want and play at your pace.  Save 20% off with our promo code: normally $49, with our code your adventure is only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after using the following Promotion Code: DTSOCAL. You can easily sign up online at right on your smart phone and don’t forget to use the Promotion Code: DTSOCAL.

Getting There:

Some aspects of this day trip are better accessed with a car while other parts can be accessed via public transportation and is very walkable. While the Hollywood Sign entrance is about 2 miles from the Hollywood/Western Red Line Station, Los Feliz is just off of the Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station. If using a car, the best way to The Hollywood Sign is the Gower exit off of the 101 Freeway, then go right on Franklin. The best way to Los Feliz is to take the 101 Freeway and exit Vermont. The other alternative to the Los Feliz exit is to exit Los Feliz Blvd off of the 5 Freeway.

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