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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 photos of the musicians, dine on the... 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.
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
Beverly Hills
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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