A Mulholland Drive Adventure

Oct 05, 2009 by Lisa Newton

When you want to get away from it all, enjoy the vistas of Los Angeles, and experience the best-of-the best of our city’s surroundings, locale, and environment–especially without the traffic and crowds–enjoy a Mulholland Drive Adventure.

The journey along Mulholland extends between the 405 and the 101, and has public stops at each of its scenic spots.

Constructed in 1924 by the famous Water Bureau Chief and City Engineer, William D. Mulholland, the twenty four-mile long Mulholland Drive was envisioned as a scenic road, which would transport city dwellers to the mountains and beaches. According to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory, eight miles of this Scenic Parkway–from the 405 freeway west to Woodland Hills–remain unpaved.

Comprising 153,075 acres, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is part of the larger Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory. Its the nation’s largest urban national park, and has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26)–including the notable Beverly Hills zip code 90210–than any other portion comprising the National Park System.

Stone Canyon

Stone Canyon Overlook

The Charles and Lotte Melhorn Overlook

The Charles and Lotte Melhorn Overlook

The Barbara A. Fine Overlook

The Barbara A. Fine Overlook

The Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook

The Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook

University City Overlook

The Universal City Overlook

For this Mulholland Scenic Parkway adventure story, I’ve included the top 5 vantage point views of the city from each stop. Along the way, there are more overlooks, including the Hollywood Bowl stop.

Here’s a map to help you find each overlook:


View A Mulholland Drive Adventure in a larger map

If you’re looking for amazing views of Los Angeles, the surrounding areas and the mountains, by Travelin’ Local all you have to do is take the Mulholland Drive tour.

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9 Responses to “A Mulholland Drive Adventure”

  1. Kim says:

    Beautiful photos!!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Kim, Thanks, Kim. That means a lot coming from a talent photographer like you.

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  2. LA Frog says:

    We had Euro-visitors for a 3.5 days packed with LA sights. The Mulholland Drive overlook was one of their top experiences about the city.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @LA Frog, It’s a great drive. Besides the great views, the houses along the way are magnificent, and the drive is a nice curvy experience. I can understand why they liked it.

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  3. David says:

    Great adventure, pictures, and story. From morning to night, the Mulholland Scenic Parkway is like being on top of the world.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @David, Thanks, David. It is indeed a great drive.

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  5. Ebie says:

    Hi Lisa, this is just in my neck of the woods. I have been wanting to do this scenic drive, but there are just so many things to do here in LA. And thank you for the tip on your write up about Escondido Falls. It is also in my to do list.

    P.S. I will have my car back hopefully by mid week.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Ebie, Great. Maybe we can get together at the end of the month. All you have to do to do this drive in follow Mulholland. It’s fantastic.

    Escondido Falls is a little further away for you, in Malibu. But, if you ever have a need to come to the far westside, it’s a nice walk. I might take it again in the spring after a little more rain and the snow from up north melts a little.

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