Franklin Canyon Park is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, just above Beverly Hills, and features a lake, a duck pond, and over 5 miles (8km) of hiking trails. The spot is such a hidden gem that you could live in LA your entire life and never know it’s there. To get to the park, take Mulholland Drive — another drive you should experience while in town — from West Hollywood and suddenly find yourself in the middle of the woods. This serene nature preserve is a great place to picnic and unplug.
Another hidden body of water in LA is the Lake Hollywood Reservoir with a wrap-around walking path. To get there, drive through the winding Hollywood Hills, past historic million-dollar homes, until you reach the top to find a sprawling body of water. A flat, paved loop around the shockingly picturesque reservoir takes about an hour to complete and provides a relaxing walk from the hustle and bustle of the city below.
If you haven’t tired of “LA nature,” keep reading. Nestled in the shadow of trendy Eastside neighborhood Silver Lake is Frogtown, a small neighborhood now known for being one of the coolest new spots along the LA River. A bike path runs along the river throughout Frogtown, which is dotted with cafes, bike shops, breweries, and even a vegan dessert shop. You can grab a bite and rent a bike at Spoke Bicycle Cafe and head out on the bike path, which traces the surprisingly lush Los Angeles River all the way to Studio City.
For those who like being outside without all the endurance, check out The Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, located deep in the heart of Malibu Canyon. While the ranch is a pricey resort, The Malibu Cafe on the property is part restaurant, part duck pond, and part outdoor lounge. You can come for lunch and stay for the entire day. Rollick around the paddleboats or play giant Jenga on the lawn.
For an experience that is distinctly LA, check at Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Though LA is full of outdoor movies, Cinespia is the original. Where else can you watch a classic film in a historic graveyard where beloved screen icons are actually buried? If the weather does turn, Cinespia screens its movies at iconic movie palaces around Downtown LA instead.
Source : https://www.businessinsider.com.au/los-angeles-travel-guide-hotels-activities-restaurants-and-more-2021-10438