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Visit the top 5 most beautiful parks in Los Angeles

The most picturesque parks near Los Angeles

#1 Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California.

Echo Park, Los Angeles
Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles
Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, California

The historic 13-acre Echo Park Lake has become a family-friendly destination worthy of its Lady of the Lake statue, geyser fountains, and bold backdrop of Downtown L.A. skyline. Known familiarly as the "Lady of the Lake," "Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles" ("Queen of the Angels") was sculpted in the Art Deco style by Ada Mae Sharpless and gifted to the City of Los Angeles in 1935.

Film noir fans will recognize Echo Park Lake from a scene in Chinatown when J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes photographs of Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) from a rowboat. Other movies that were filmed at this location include Training Day, Dragnet, Dead Again, L.A. Confidential, True Confessions and episodes from CHiPs, Mannix, Police Woman and Agent Carter. The famous silent film director Mack Sennet built his Keystone Pictures Studio in Echo Park in 1912 and everyone from Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, and Gloria Swanson have filmed here. List of movies filmed at Echo Park Lake.


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#2 Griffith Park Los Angeles, California.

Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
Entrance to the Batcave in the 1960s Batman television series

Spanning more than 4,200 acres of land, Griffith Park has more than 50 miles of trails and paved bike paths. Griffith’s myriad attractions include the Greek Theatre, the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, and most notably, the Hollywood Sign.

Griffith Park has long been a favorite of location scouts because of its diverse terrain and proximity to the major studios in Burbank and Hollywood. The sprawling public park is now well known for its cameo in 2016’s smash hit La La Land—actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone begin their epic dance scene twirling on one of Griffith Park’s hilltops named Cathy's Corner, as city lights twinkle below. Other iconic films include the 1915 D.W. Griffith classic "Birth of a Nation" and "Rebel Without a Cause."


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#3 Lake Hollywood Park Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Point Dume, Malibu, California
Point Dume Beach, Malibu, California
Point Dume State Beach in Southern California

Situated just below Mount Lee and the iconic Hollywood Sign, Lake Hollywood Park features a playground, a picnic area with shaded picnic benches, and a large grassy area popular among dog lovers (make sure your dog is leashed) and one of the most awesome views of the Hollywood Sign.

By far, one of the most famous show episodes filmed here was Ray Donovan's 18th episode, in 2016 named, Lake Hollwood. Other movies that were filmed at this location include Chinatown, Earthquake, and rescue me. See list of movies filmed at Lake Hollywood Park.


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#4 Silver Lake Reservoir Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California.

Silver Lake, California
Silver Lake Reservoir, LA County, California
Silver Lake Reservoir in Southern California

Silver Lake’s twin reservoirs have two dog parks, a basketball court, a playground, and a 2.2-mile loop trail around its entirety. Silver Lake is also home to the splendid two-acre “Silver Lake Meadow”, a grassy knoll overlooking the water where visitors can picnic, relax or play. Two acres which include two terrific dog parks and a pocket-sized recreation center are maintained by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

By far, one of the most famous movies filmed here was Under The Silver Lake. Other movies that were filmed in Silverlake include Pulp Fiction, Gangster Squad, and Grease. Series filmed in Silver Lake include, The L Word: Generation Q and You. List of movies filmed in Silver Lake Los Angeles.


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#5 Franklin Canyon Park Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California.

Hermosa Beach California
Hermosa Beach, LA County, California
Hermosa Beach in Southern California

Located in Beverly Hills, near Benedict Canyon at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Franklin Canyon Park spans 605 acres and features over five miles of hiking trails. This proverbial oasis comes complete with paths, a sprawling a 3-acre lake of Koi, turtles, and geese, a duck pond, and over five miles of hiking trails.

Pop culture fans will recognize the three-acre Franklin Lake, which was the “fishing hole” in the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show, as well as the lagoon in the Universal Studios horror classic Creature from the Black Lagoon. The park was also the background for the cover photo of Simon & Garfunkel’s album Sounds of Silence. Other movies that were filmed at this location include Sleepwalkers, When a Stranger Calls and The Brady Girls Get Married. List of movies filmed at Franklin Canyon Park.


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