I love exploring cities and I enjoy so much spending a day doing just photography. Time is always a concern unfortunately and it happens quite frequently that I can spare only a day to visit a place. Can you cover the all of Los Angeles in a day? Not really, however you can see many sites if you are ready for a marathon from sunrise to sunset. Last week I was in San Francisco, it is now time for the Los Angeles photography journey.
I started my day going out before dawn and the destination was: Runyon Canyon Park. To get there you will need to drive early and then go for a walk on a trail with a lot of hills so I would recommend to wear good hiking shoes. It is a good place to enjoy the sunrise while seeing Los Angeles city in 360 degrees. If you cannot make all over the top, the same road taking you to this park has a small parking lot (it could be busy depending the time of the day) where you can see the Hollywood sign as well part of the city skyline, it is called Hollywood Bowl Overlook.
Then it is time for get into Los Angeles Downtown. I would recommend to allow enough time if you are planning to do it during the weekdays since the traffic could be really bad, especially on the rush hour. The best time to go is during the weekend if you want to take photos of buildings and monuments without having many people around.
Next stop is Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills, famous for the shopping and major tourist attraction. Some people say that it is almost a theme park which must be consider on any tour in LA.
Finally, my last destinations of the day were Santa Monica and Malibu. You can always get into Santa Monica using public transport but I would recommend to drive into Santa Monica and then all the way up northwest to Malibu. The scenery it is simply amazing and stunning, with the ocean and beaches on your left side and the hills on your right side. If you love sunsets, you must go to Santa Monica Pier or park on any of the parking lots along the road to Malibu and just enjoy it.
The project AirPano has an awesome 360 degrees view of Los Angeles city. That gives once again a view of how spread is the city. Amazing.
Travel & Photograph Tips
- Head to Runyon Canyon Park for the best sunrise panoramic view of the city. You will be impressed by the size magnitude of the city.
- Wear some good hiking shoes to walk the hills on Runyon Canyon Park
- Los Angeles Downtown could be quite busy some times so weekends are the best option for street photography
- If you are driving to Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills, I would suggest parking a few blocks away on quiet streets and walk
- Best time to visit Santa Monica or Malibu it is at sunset to take some stunning photos
The Los Angeles photography journey map