POSTED: February 20th 2017

BRENDA DURAN: From the Mountains to the Sea - See Los Angeles in all of its natural glory

The Santa Monica Pier and mountains © Bigstock
The Santa Monica Pier and mountains © Bigstock

Zuma Beach in Malibu is famous for water sports and celebrity watching © Bigstock
Zuma Beach in Malibu is famous for water sports and celebrity watching © Bigstock

Venice Beach even has a skate park © Bigstock
Venice Beach even has a skate park © Bigstock

BRENDA DURAN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles is known for being a cultural melting pot of more than 500 square miles, complete with the great allure of the entertainment world. But, it has more to offer. What sets it apart is also its geographical stretch that brings it together by stunning mountain regions and a long gorgeous coast line. When you have the sunshine that permeates the nearby mountains and beaches most of the year, you get a natural playground with spectacular vistas for all to access. 

The City of Angels is curretnly bidding against Paris and Budapest to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games.

On any given day, a quick hike in Los Angeles can provide views of its geographic spread from downtown Los Angeles to the Hollywood Hills. The beaches offer similar views depending on what part of the coast you head out to. The best part? Escaping the bustling city life of Los Angeles is easy - all you have to do is visit the nature spots that border it.  Here are some places to get your camera out for while exploring the natural splendor of LA. 

Beachy Vibes 

Zuma Beach

Known as one of the largest Los Angeles beaches, Zuma beach located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The views of the Pacific Ocean are paired with a spectacular view of nearby mountain canyons and beautiful ocean-view homes on the hills. It makes for the ideal Los Angeles postcard. If you are looking for the ideal spot for water sports, this is the place for you.

Venice Beach

A visit to Venice Beach will be filled with a great snapshot of Los Angeles nature from the sea to the nearby Santa Monica mountains. But would makes it a stand-out is that it also offers a glimpse at the cultural diversity of Los Angeles. The world-famous boardwalk is a stroll filled with entertainers and tourist gift shops. The best part is capturing the sunset on both the ocean and mountains simultaneously. 

Long Beach and Palos Verdes

Long Beach is home to one of the busiest ports in the country. It is also located south of downtown Los Angeles and offers a low-key beach scene that is ideal for bike rides and family outings. On a clear day, the peaks of nearby Catalina Island can be seen. One of the best views from any of Long Beach's coastal spots is also the famed Queen Mary ship that resides in the coastal city. Neighboring this low-key beach city is also Palos Verdes, which borders the Pacific Ocean and offers a long stretch of sightseeing cliffs for the best views of the mountains and sea.

The Mountain Highs

San Gabriel Mountains

This mountain region in the northern Los Angeles area not only offers spectacular views of the Los Angeles region, it also serves as a nearby nature playground for outdoors enthusiasts. There are dozens of hiking trails, viewpoints such at the one at Mt. Baldy and rivers to enjoy as well as wildlife sightings. The mountains also serve as a backdrop to the east Los Angeles cities of Pasadena and San Gabriel, which are quickly becoming culinary hot spots. 

Santa Monica Mountains

A lot of spectacular viewpoints of Los Angeles come from spots in the Santa Monica mountains, which is home to key places like Griffith Park and Mt. Lee (where the Hollywood sign lives). Anyone looking to explore many famous sights can depend on the Santa Monica mountains to deliver. Views of the majestic beaches can be seen from many of its famous park and hiking trails. You will not want to leave without a snap or two of the scenic backdrops from any point on these mountain regions.

**BRENDA DURAN has Over 10 years of documented success in writing within media and communication for leading publications, including: The North County Times, The Denver Post, PEOPLE, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Us Weekly and Long Beach Magazine. Winner of more than a dozen national and regional writing awards for feature stories and breaking news. Expertise in strategic communications, social media and marketing.

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