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8 Amazing Spots for Sunset Viewing in Los Angeles

LA has a lot going for it – scenic coastlines, picturesque landscapes, and bustling lifestyles. However, sometimes you just want an intimate sunset experience. Whether it’s for that special moment with your significant other, or the perfect shot for social media, you can capture it here. In fact, going by a study by Modernize of the most Instagrammed sunsets in the world – which looked at 2.5 million posts, LA emerged as the top city.

So which are the best sunset spots in LA?

Griffith Observatory

With the city sprawled out below and a clear view of LA right to the ocean, you can soak in the sunset from Griffith Park’s observatory in bliss. This is actually of the top tourist attractions in the region, and a popular filming location. 

Pacific Park

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day at the amusement park, and top it off by capturing the moment the sun sinks into the horizon. You can watch the LA sunset from any area in the park, be it the dock or at the top of the solar-powered Pacific Wheel, which is a favorite for the magnificent view. 

Topanga Lookout Trailhead

Here, you get 360-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean, and is a popular spot for hikers and bike riders. You can hit the trail for some exercise and pause at the lookout, or park your car close to the trailhead and watch the sun go over the sea’s edge.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Your options here are driving up to the top and paying a $2/hour parking fee, hiking from the bottom of the hill through the zigzagging trail, or going right up the stairs for an intensive workout. The idyllic views at the top will be worth it. Starting the hike an hour before sundown will buy you enough time to enjoy the views, flora and fauna on the way up.

The Getty Centre

The free museum that’s on a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains has both fine art and scenic views, bringing it to our list of top sunset spots in LA. Enjoy the sunset as you stroll through the grounds of the museum, or from the painting galleries where the interiors are lit up through the glass wall.

Hermosa Beach

After a day of hitting the waves, watching the surfers, taking in the sights, or even going on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, be sure to stroll along the Hermosa beach as the sun dips into the ocean – you’ll be in for a treat. It’s one of LA’s most popular spots. You can also watch the sunset from the nearby restaurants – just be sure to get one that has an unobstructed view of the ocean. 

Echo Park Lake

There’s a reason why writers, artists and musicians frequent this spot. 

Whether you’re walking around the perimeter wall or peddling through the lake, it has a relaxing ambience, and is a favourite spot for romantic picnics. Capture the sunset here as you also take in the views of the Downtown LA skyline. Don’t forget to snap some shots with the “Lady of the Lake” statue too.

Oue Skyspace LA

One of the tallest buildings in LA, the top of Oue Skyspace gives you breath-taking views of the whole LA County area. Head to the open-air observation deck and take in the sights – where the space features floor-to-ceiling windows, then watch the sunset into the horizon. Afterwards, you can take the glass ride down for the adrenaline rush.

Your stay at the Open Air Homes will not be complete without taking a moment to savour LA’s sunset. Head out to one of these spots and catch the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.