In Los Angeles no one walks. And hardly anyone uses public transport. With the city such a sprawling mass of blocks, the only way to get around is by car. If you’re heading over to the City of Angels anytime soon, car hire is a must.
Once you’re behind the wheel you can really start to explore the city famed for its stunning and varied drives. Here are 6 of our favourites that can’t be ignored.
- Hollywood Hills
At the very start of the Sunset Strip you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. Rather than continuing down the famous strip, take the little street to your left known as Miller Drive; which will take you on an adventure around the fabulous hills. This is a simple and straight forward drive with no tricks, all you have to remember is at every turn, go up. Here you’ll see spectacular views of the city, and some remarkable houses. Some of which sit on stilts jutting out from the mountain side, while others simply define the word mansion and what it means to live in L.A. Taking a night-time drive up here offers exceptional views of the city as it glows beneath the dark sky. And remember, streets marked ‘Dead End’ are often the best places to stop and take a look.
- Sunset Boulevard
This 22 mile drive goes straight from the west to the east of Hollywood, and emits history all the way. Immortalised in film, television and music throughout the decades, the boulevard contains the iconic 1.5 mile Sunset Strip. Take a drive and absorb the sights of the huge and colourful trademark billboards; spectacles that need to be seen to be believed. Alongside this you’ll see an array of famous boutiques, restaurants and clubs, such as the House of Blues. You may even spot a celebrity.
- Pacific Coast Highway
At the end of Sunset Boulevard, you’ll hit the Pacific Coast Highway, or as it’s widely referred to; PCH, and the beginning of your next four wheel adventure. Offering up breathtaking views of the famous California sands and stretching to Malibu and beyond, the locals believe this drive contains some of the best scenic views in the whole area. Why not go all out and hire a soft top – the best way to experience PCH.
- Palos Verdes Drive
Just outside the Los Angeles city limits you’ll find four cities that lie in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This prominent landmass presents you with an absolutely breathtaking drive, as you pass the Malaga Cove, the tranquillity of the Abalone Cove beach and the lighthouse at Point Vicente Park. With some points of the journey having a speed limit of 30mph, this provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and take in the scenic views surrounding you.
- San Gabriel Canyon Road
Jump in your rental and enjoy a quick and beautiful escape. Part of the State Route 39, you can take in some fantastic views of reservoirs along the way before working your way up to the stunning and hidden Crystal Lake. If you fancy doing something different in L.A. stop at East Fork Road, and enjoy a nine mile hike to the abandoned ‘bridge to nowhere’, which also doubles up as bungee-jump spot.
- Angeles Crest Highway
Truly immerse yourself in the picturesque beauty Los Angeles has to offer with this fantastic drive. Contained almost entirely in the Angeles National Forest, you’ll embark on a 66 mile mountain top adventure filled with unparalleled views of the Mojave Desert and Pomona Valley.