- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great vistas. The park allows visitors to get away from the excess of L.A.'s urban jungle and try some truly challenging hikes. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean.
Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several decrepit mansions and estates on site. Because of the hot, dry climate, the hike can be rough going, even for those in great physical condition. TripAdvisor users suggest bringing plenty of water.
Runyon Canyon is open from dawn to dusk; however, there are no staff to enforce these hours or to rush to your aid. For driving directions and more information, check out the park's official website.