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Driving Tour of Los Angeles Canyons

The area's rock 'n' roll past helps a cool bohemian culture live on.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  In the 1960s, Laurel Canyon was simply "the canyon." It was where kids climbed steep streets on bikes and built forts in the... more »

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Points of Interest

The Country Store is a neighborhood institution and a purveyor of surprisingly good wines and delicious custom-made deli sandwiches. Resolutely ungentrified by Tommy Bina, who has owned the place since 1982, the red-brick building still packs a flower-power punch in its psychedelic murals, bougainvillea-splashed patio and palimpsest of a bulletin ... More

Stop by Pace to have a look back in time or fuel up (as an alternative to the picnic from the Country Store).

Pace, as in "peace" (or "Peace, man!"), is a restaurant in the space that during the 1960s housed Café Galleria, which hosted open-mike nights for canyon habitués. In a room hung with black-and-white... More

3. Franklin Canyon Park

One of the most unusual secret parks in a major city: 605 acres of bucolic National Park Service land with a centerpiece of two bodies of water that ducks, turtles, and bullfrogs now call home. Hike along trails lined with California oaks, sticky monkey flowers, poppies and sage.
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2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
Beverly Hills
310-858-7272
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This six-acre former estate of the heirs to the J.W. Robinson department store empire that has been open to the public (by appointment) since 1982 feels like Tuscany. The 1911 Mediterranean-style house, the blooming terraced gardens, the palm grove, the bubbling fountains, the terra-cotta statues--it's Gilded Age glory intact and immaculately... More

This is the world-famous, 225-room Dorchester Collection pink palace, a hot spot since 1912, with two new bungalows (one opened February 2011, the other March 2011.)

Room to book: Superior guestrooms have balconies and city views.

Insider tip: Don't miss a drink (or a meal) at the iconic Polo Lounge, a favorite of the entertainment industry. A... More