In a city famous for its fashiontrendsetters, high-energy streetscene, and top-notch entertainment, it’s refreshing to find those places that make LA’s residentsawe at the natural beauty of Mother Nature’s light. Read on to discover the best spots in Los Angeles to watch the sunrise and set with your loved ones.


1. Griffith Park

Griffith Park is a magical place in LA perfect for spotting stars (of the solar system variety). Within this thousands of acres of pure wilderness and landscaped parkland you will find ample space to stargaze, the Greek Theatre to watch a bit of Shakespeare, and for a great daytime activity, the Los Angeles Zoo. If you’re young ones get hungry there’s a nice little café within the park and you may even take them to the planetarium to learn more about the stars you can see here after sunset. For a hike, a spot of adventure, or an afternoon of enjoying the outdoors, this park makes the list of places to watch world around you.


2. Pan Pacific Park

Pan Pacific Park is the best-kept secret of LA and a great place to watch the sun go down or enjoy it while it’s shining bright. The clean and simple picnic areas have barbecue stations, play areas and tables for enjoying your burgers, hot dogs and all the picnic fixings. The play structures have spongy surfaces which are fall-proof for your reckless runts. There are also stations for exercise, baseball diamonds, running paths, and a pool.


3. Manhattan Beach Post

The Manhattan Beach Post is a tapas-style restaurant that is the perfect place to watch the sun go down upon the pier. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, crunchy fries, savory biscuits, tangy Kim chi, spicy meats, or mild and crisp veggies (they make green beans that even the pickiest eaters will love)! The service is right on, but make sure to make a reservation in advance if you want to watch the sunset during your next delicious meal with the entire family. 


4. South Beach Park

The South Beach Park is another beach-view place to enjoy the sun’s rays is on Santa Monica Beach, just minutes from the pier. It’s a wonderful place to spend a day with the family, with boats and soft kid-friendly surfboards. (Also known as a favorite spot to bring puppies and big dogs for a play date).  Hungry or thirsty? Head over to Java House and grab a snack and a cool drink.


5. Barnsdall Art Park

Hands down the local’s favorite spot to watch the sun go down atop Olive Hill, Barnsdale Art Park has the best views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. This park has ample space to just enjoy an afternoon of play, but offers equally interesting activities during the weekend, such as wine tastings, fresh air movie nights and even arts and crafts workshops for all ages.



6. Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier is both a local and tourist hot spot, providing breathtaking beach and ocean views. The adjacent park has classic carnival rides, silly games, and some tasty food stands, not to mention good souvenir shopping. Plus, the pier is one of the best places to get a scoop of ice cream and people watch while enjoying your creamy cold treats.  We recommend making it a bright and early morning spot to avoid the crowds and find the charming calm of this iconic pier.


If you want to explore more places to enjoy a sun-filled morning, day or evening in Los Angeles take a look at Knok’s family travel guide.  Image Source: