Show a tourist around town and you're practically obligated to snap a photo of them in front of the Hollywood Sign. With homeowners hampering GPS-empowered sign seekers, you'll likely wind up at the turnout above Lake Hollywood Park. Though that quick drive-by is all that most people will see of the park, the scenic, dog-friendly green space is worth a visit on its own. Whether you're looking for an escape from the Valley-to-Basin traffic and vice versa, or a much quieter side of Hollywood, Lake Hollywood Park is a terrific way to spend an hour.
Good for: Breaking up the over-the-hill commute with a stop at a peaceful park.
If you're going to: The Hollywood Sign, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Sunset Ranch, Bob's Big Boy
For that moment when: Your out-of-town visitors are begging to see the Hollywood Sign.
Getting there: You can reach the park via Beachwood Canyon, but you'll need to navigate some steep, narrow streets and blind turns. Instead, no matter where you're coming from, it's easiest to head into the Valley and get on Barham Blvd. From there, turn onto Lake Hollywood Dr (you'll know you're on the right track if you see the "No access to the Hollywood Sign" notice). Stay on the road, making sure to turn right at the intersection of Wonder View Dr. Follow the street around the reservoir, after which it becomes Tahoe Dr, and turn right onto Canyon Lake Dr.