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The City of Angels is known for many things, but did you know that Los Angeles is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the nation? If you are a nature lover, or simply someone that is looking to explore the “natural” side of Los Angeles, consider visiting one of the many parks throughout the city. The following are several must-visit parks in Los Angeles.

Runyon Canyon Park

Come enjoy Runyon Canyon Park, one of the most popular parks in Los Angeles. Located on the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, once you experience this park, you’ll see why it is so popular. This park boasts 160 acres of land that includes several trails. There are five entrances to Runyon Canyon, one of which is located in Hollywood.

If you are looking to experience nature at its finest, check out The Upper Canyon Trail. This trail is the perfect place to view an assortment of wildlife such as birds, lizards, and even coyotes. You can also enjoy a hike to the highest point in the park at Indian Rock. There is a dedicated children’s play area as well. Because of the limited parking and popularity of this park, it’s best to come early if you are planning a visit.

Grand Park

Described as “The Park for Everyone,” Grand Park mixes the beauty of nature with all the conveniences of the city. Located in the Civic Center, Grand Park is centrally located and easily accessible by several modes of public transportation. The park is adorned with lush greenery throughout as well as within the community terrace and abundant seating for taking in all the sights or enjoying a beverage from the nearby Starbucks. There is an historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain and a water play area where you and the kids can cool down. Grand Park contains a number of monuments, such as the Christopher Columbus and George Washington statues as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check out the upcoming events, as Grand Park continually hosts events for the public.

Elysian Park

As the oldest and the second largest park in Los Angeles, Elysian Park is a gem. One of the most charming features of this park is the “secret swing” located at the top of a slope known as “Angel’s Hill” that affords you a majestic sight of downtown Los Angeles. Take a walk on the unbeaten, natural path of Los Angeles by enjoying a walk or hike through the green fields and dusty trails lined with eucalyptus. Take a walk over to the Elysian Park Bridge and enjoy the sound of the bubbling stream below. With ample free parking and its close proximity to Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park is a natural respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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