When you live in Los Angeles, pets are an easy option for so many reasons: the weather is always amazing (no need to scoop poop in the snow); parks and beaches and hikes abound; and many people have the sort of untraditional jobs and flexible schedules that make taking care of a new pup or kitten a little easier. It's also nice that LA has so many dog-friendly restaurants and bars, outdoor patios and full-service pet stores to cater to our furry friends.
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The 18 best parks in Los Angeles
Among the lengthy list of picturesque attractions in this city—who can resist the temptation of a hike through Runyon or a trip to the beach?—there is a wealth of beautiful parks in Los Angeles. Whether you're an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there's a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle. For those days when you don't feel like climbing up all 282 steps at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 18 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles. RECOMMENDED: 101 things to do in Los Angeles
The best places to go camping in Southern California
Los Angeles is one hell of a metropolis, with endless great things to do, a ton of green space and attractions galore. But everyone needs to escape the city sometimes—even this one—and there's no better place for hiking, camping and exploring than Southern California. We're surrounded by miles of beachy coastline, stretches of diverse desert landscape and range upon range of snow-capped, glacier lake-dotted mountains—all easily accesible and infinitely lovely. If you're looking for the best places to camp in SoCal, we've got you covered. Pack your pack, grab a map and take your pick of rustic weekend getaways from the list below. Happy camping!
Hour to Kill: Lake Hollywood Park
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. In case you're hungry: Bring a snack for you, and a treat for your pup. 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.
101 things to do in Los Angeles: The full list
You've explored every inch of Griffith Park, drank your way through the best cups of coffee and hit up every ride at Disneyland—but you want more, you glutton for LA awesomeness. To help feed your Los Angeles addiction, we've laid out all 101 of our favorite things to do on a single page. You're welcome. RECOMMENDED: See all of the 101 things to do in Los Angeles