What are the best outdoor activities in Los Angeles?

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Christina Xenos

Los Angeles boasts some of the best weather on the planet and it’s uniquely situated among miles of coastline and mountains. This makes either going to the beach or going hiking some of the best things you can do outdoors in L.A.

Even if you hit a foggy day along the cost, you can still pack your beach towel and umbrella and head to the shore. Wetsuits also come in handy year-round if you want to surf, kite board or other water activities. When it comes to beaches, you have your choice from Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach in the South Bay; Venice Beach and Santa Monica a little farther north; and the pristine Malibu beaches like Point Dume and Zuma Beach north of that. If it's not the optimal temperature for you, stop by the Santa Monica Pier, which is home to the iconic Ferris wheel and carnival atmosphere of Pacific Park.

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, a hiking trail is probably in your midst. Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and offers a 53-mile network of trails, including the Hollyridge trail that takes you directly above and behind the Hollywood Sign. Not too far away, you can find Runyon Canyon where Hollywood and West Hollywood types hike up the steep incline and socialize—dogs in tow. Farther toward L.A.'s west side, trails at Topanga Canyon State Park and Temescal Canyon Park offer stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and west side of Los Angeles.

Dana Damato

When you think of Los Angeles – you’re going to want to do something outdoors because of the gorgeous weather. Some of the most well known attractions for both locals and visitors require nothing more than work out clothes, a bottle of water and a pair of very reliable sneakers. 

One of the greatest things about Southern California is the perfect weather and the locals take full advantage of being able to enjoy an outdoor workout by hiking at one of the many West Hollywood trails. Runyon Canyon is one of the most scenic and invigorating hiking trails in the world for it’s breathtaking 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign and much more. Don’t forget to bring your dog! Runyon Canyon also offers an off-leash dog park.

If you’re looking for a park that’s little less on the tourist side and more on the quiet side, Griffith Park and Bronson Canyon are two well known connected trails that offer a great work out with beautiful views of the city.

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