It is commonly known that an integral part of Los Angeles is in its scenery and beautiful nature. One of the best ways to experience this is on the many serene hikes and trails, many of which happen to be in the vicinity of the Box House. Today, we will be sharing some of our favorite hiking spots to visit and adventures to embark on when we stay at the Box. Get ready to burn some calories, stretch your legs, and get to know LA in its splendor.


Hollywood Sign Trail


Perhaps one of the most well known and instagrammable on this list is the Charlie Turner Trail to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. It’s about 40 minutes (or more) of walking on the way up, but it’s certainly worth the beautiful view: San Fernando Valley, the tall building scraping the skyline, and of course, the Hollywood Sign right beneath your feet.


Address: 2800 E Observatory Ave


Hours: 5am–sunset.


Parking: Griffith Observatory has many lots that you can usually find a spot in. If there’s nothing or its just too busy, look for street parking along Observatory Avenue. Both cost $4 per hour.


Dogs allowed on leashes!


Length: about 3 miles


Time: 90 mins


Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City


This destination doesn’t seem like the typical state park, with oil rigs studding the mountain, the arid landscape, and existing in the city’s industrial area. However, what really makes this hike unique is the steps: there are 260 stone slabs that leave even the most fit winded. Though grueling, these steps lead to a beautiful view of the entire city.


Address: 6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City


Hours: 8am to dusk


Parking: Jefferson Boulevard.


No dogs allowed :(


Length: Less than 1 mile, but very steep


Time: 30 mins


Wilacre Park in Studio City


This beautiful hike is popular with locals because of the easy parking, good workout, and capability to bring their pets along. With a moderate incline and a loop of three miles, it’s the perfect spot to relax and take in nature with the locals.


Address: 3431 Fryman Rd, Studio City


Hours: 6:30am to 6:00pm


Parking: You can easily park in the very large parking area at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Fryman Road. It costs $3.


Pets are allowed!


Length: about three miles, but you can shorten or lengthen depending on the path


Time: again, depends on the path


Runyon Canyon


In terms of proximity, this is one of the most ideal hikes on the list! From the Box, it’s only ten minutes with little to no traffic. A mecca for fitness gurus and relaxed yoga enthusiasts alike, you can always find a multitude of people on this trail. It is a gradual ascent with a beautiful view of Downtown Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills, and many architectural masterpieces. We highly recommend this hike at the Box!


Address: 200 N Fuller Ave


Hours: Dawn to dusk


Pets are allowed on leashes, and off leash in designated areas only.


Length: As long as you want it to be, though around 1.5 miles at minimum for a good view


Time: From 45 minutes to an hour


Escondido Falls


If you are up for a challenge, this 3.8 mile hike begins off of Pacific Coast Highway on blacktop (weird, right?). Once you go uphill on roads for about a mile, you begin to go downhill and follow a dirt path. The nature makes this hike even more unique: hopping over small creeks and descending though fennel and mustard, the sheer amount flora and fauna (especially the wildflowers) will shock you.


However, the true draw to this hike is the set destination: a beautiful waterfall. Lower Escondido Falls offers a calming pool of cool water and a gentle, trickling water cascade. However, for many, the steep climb to upper Escondido Falls, a huge and powerful waterfall, is most certainly worth it. You can even climb up behind the waterfall (at your own risk: you are responsible for your own safety).


Address: 27807 Pacific Coast Highway


Hours: N/A


Pets are allowed


Length: around 4 miles


Time: depends on how long one enjoys the waterfall

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This beautiful city of 3.9 million has one of the most illustrious food histories in the United States. But whether or not Hollywood movie stars frequented these restaurants, they cook the classics and start the trends that make LA the culinary hotspot it is today.


Dan Tana's


This is the restaurant for you if you want to have a fun restaurant experience, get a little tipsy, and eat way too much pasta. The food is delicious, and by the end of the night you're inevitably best friends with your server. The red and white checkered tablecloth and absurdly named dishes are homages to simpler times, and no LA trip is truly complete until you have a meal at a homey, family-owned restaurant like this one.


Pacific Dining Car


This staple has existed since 1921, when Mae West was a regular. It's rather uncommon in LA to get a steak shaped like a baseball, so take advantage of this rarity and visit during the 10pm to 6am menu, when everything is half off or less. It is renowned as one of the only places to get an eggs Benedict at 3am, and for making you feel as if you're living a gangster movie.


Chateau Marmont Restaurant Patio


Indulge in you movie-star fantasies and people watch at this rather pretentious 86-year old hotel. The food is extremely good, albeit simple (and very expensive), with a short menu including a burger, bolognese, broccolini, and french fries. If you are looking for a hint of that Hollywood glamour during your LA trip and are willing to shell out some cash, this is most certainly the restaurant for you.


Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles


This is the pinnacle of soul food in LA, and is loved by some of the most healthful fitness junkies. It has been known to serve golden fried chicken and perfectly chewy waffles to Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, David Beckham, and even Barack Obama. Sign me up!


Urth Caffe


Many say Urth Caffe is the birthplace of other more modern, instagram worthy coffee shops like Intelligentsia. But with their all-organic, miles-long menu and delicious food, it's easy to see why it's become such a staple in today's Los Angeles lifestyle.


The Apple Pan


Founded in 1947, this restaurant was one of the first to serve today's iteration of the cheeseburger. In addition to having the supreme retro vibe, this classic, old-timey diner also claims the title for the best pies in town for those with a sweet tooth (banana cream and apple are especially recommended).


Grand Central Market


Grand Central Market, even a century after its debut, still drives locals and tourists to the variety of delicious food they offer, from simple eggs (the restaurant accordingly deemed "Eggslut") to bento boxes and bratwursts.


Animal


Who knew a meat-centric restaurant could thrive in a juice-cleanse obsessed, all organic culture such as LA's? Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo apparently! They launched Animal in 2008 with inventive menu items like a hamburger with foie gras, spam, and a quail egg on top. It might sound heavy, but no one can pull it off better than these two chefs.

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We love art at The Box House.  If you love art as much as we do, here is a list of our favorite places to go in Los Angeles:


Marciano Art Foundation


Located in a former Masonic temple in Mid-City, this is our favorite place to see art at the moment.  Out of the multitude of art galleries and exhibits in Los Angeles, this one places an emphasis on hometown legends and up and coming local artists. 


Hauser & Wirth


A cutting edge take on the arts scene and a definite must-visit.  This gallery is a sprawling complex of viewing opportunities and is associated with a restaurant, outdoor garden, and one of the best art bookshops in Los Angeles.


Regen Projects


This art institution, originally founded over thirty years ago, continues to be a prominent player in the exhibition of local contemporary art. Visit this art museum for a modern, minimalistic take on both art and architecture. 


Night Gallery


A scenery rich contemporary art stop known for their late-night openings, free libations, and an outdoor patio. Reviews praise its refreshing simplicity juxtaposed against the bustling location, both of which create a relaxing yet eclectic ambiance.


BBQLA


A migrating art installation.  Look at their website (http://bbqla.net/) to find out where to find the next intriguing show. 


Moran Bondaroff


Interdisciplinary, conceptual and though provoking art space. It displays works with a variety of subject matter and theme and many different mediums, including painting, drawing, installation, video, photography and sculpture.


Matthew Marks Gallery


Featuring the best of modernist and formalist works of painting, photography and sculpture.


Blum & Poe


A Culver City hot spot for art.  After visiting this anchor of the arts district in Culver City be sure to visit our favorite art book store (Arcana: Books on the Arts).  The best one two punch for any art junkie.


Space 15 Twenty


Hollywood hotspot where you’ll find a maze of retailers and creative art pop-ups.  The best part of visiting this scene is the opportunity to peruse Hennessy + Ingalls, the largest art book store in the Western United States.


Art Museum Musts:


The Getty and Getty Malibu, LACMA, The Broad, MOCA, Art Center College of Design and The Hammer Museum on the Campus of UCLA.


Other Interesting Art Stops:


Skirball Cultural Center, Christies Auction House, Sotheby’s in Beverly Hills, Gagosian in Beverly Hills, and Bergamont Station in Santa Monica.  For a slice of weird, visit The Museum of Jurassic Technology.


Our Favorite Emerging Local Artists:


Milano Chow, Eddie Fake, Liz Glynn, Dianna Molzan, Lee Relvas, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Andrew Norman Wilson.  

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