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7 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Los Angeles 🌇

A Beautiful Sunset behind the pier at Manhattan Beach in California

Sunset in LA is not just a time—it's an experience. Whether you're soaking in nature's farewell kiss or capturing that perfect Instagram shot here are the seven best places to watch the sun drop in the City of Angels. ☀️ #SunsetGoals

What time is sunset in LA?

It varies based on the day and month! Anywhere from 4:30 PM to 8:15 PM

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Where are the 7 best places to watch the sunset in Los Angeles?

See LA Today's curated picks 👇🏻

Honorable Mention:

Manhattan Beach (Cover)

Editor's Pick ✔️

1. Mulholland Drive - Universal City Overlook

7701 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Do you like spectacular views of LA? Check. Do you like memorable drives seemingly right out of a movie? Check. Do you like having the option of an adventurous hike or a chill night under the stars? Check! Welcome to the iconic Mulholland Drive, LA Today’s favorite sunset view in Los Angeles. It is one of the rare locations with panoramic views of the city, mountains, and ocean.

Mini-Guide: "Things to Do at Mulholland Drive"

Views. Views. Views. Did you know that Mulholland Drive has 7 scenic overlooks? From Stone Canyon’s clear day vista of Catalina Island to Jerome C. Daniel Overlook’s view of the famous Hollywood Bowl, plan your road map accordingly to see them all.

Hiking. The Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills, which border Mulholland Drive, offer several hiking trails and outdoor activities. Head down a popular trail like Runyon Canyon or Fryman Canyon and explore nature while enjoying stunning views.

Go for a Drive. Complete with winding curves, vibrant nature, and beautiful mansions; Mulholland Drive is a fun route for leisurely drives and exhilarating rides, attracting car and motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world.

2. Pacific Park Ferris Wheel

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

Ride the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel for a unique vantage point of the Los Angeles sunset. You'll catch sweeping views of the city, shoreline, and Pacific Ocean. It is one of the must-visit, scenic views for both locals and tourists. It's currently $12 a ticket to ride the "Pacific Wheel." However, for those who don't like rides or want to save some money, the pier offers incredible views as well.

3. Spire 73

900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Perched atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Spire 73 boasts the title of the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. With its luxurious ambiance and unmatched skyline views, guests can savor panoramic vistas of Los Angeles, stretching from the Hollywood sign to the Pacific Ocean, all while enjoying bespoke cocktails and gourmet bites.

4. Griffith Park Observatory

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA

Griffith Observatory, nestled atop the hills of Griffith Park, offers not only sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline but also a closer gaze into the cosmos with its state-of-the-art telescopes. Beyond the observatory, Griffith Park itself presents picturesque hiking trails (such as Runyon Canyon and the Hollywood Sign), serene picnic spots, and captivating views of the city, canyons, and even distant mountain ranges on clear days.

5. El Matador Beach

32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

El Matador Beach, a hidden gem along the Malibu coastline, captivates visitors with its unique sea stacks, intricate caves, and tall staircases that descend down to the sandy shore. It's an unforgettable viewing spot in LA to witness the sun's descent into the Pacific Ocean.

6. The Point at the Bluffs

301 N Mt Holyoke Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA

The Point at the Bluffs in Pacific Palisades offers one of Los Angeles' most enchanting sunset vistas. Set high above the PCH and coastline, this vantage point provides a fantastic panorama of the sunset over Pacific Ocean, casting a golden hue over the dramatic cliffs and endless horizon. For locals it's one of the best places to watch the sunset in Los Angeles.

7. Yamashiro

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Yamashiro Hollywood, a historic hilltop mansion in the heart of Hollywood, offers incredible views of Los Angeles way above Hollywood Blvd. As evening descends, visitors can enjoy a vibrant sunset backdrop, showcasing the cityscape below, while also exploring the venue's beautiful restaurant and intricate Japanese gardens. They even have an event space called the "Sunset Dining Room."


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