Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood
321 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (323) 665-0344
Fax: (323) 665-1152
A manmade body of water and a site of a continuing wildlife preservation project, Silver Lake Reservoir has served joggers, walkers and dog owners for decades. A 2.15-mile path with a couple of ups and downs loops around the reservoir, consisting mostly of compacted dirt, highly suitable for running. A community center, a small basketball field and a specifically designated dog park flank the park on the south side so you can let your canine pals off the leash within the perimeter. A few folks, however, prefer to take their pups for a walk or a trot around the water. The idyllic aspect of the scene is somewhat lessened by the wire fence encircling the actual reservoir. Nevertheless, the place still gets a thumbs-up from many local jogging and fresh air enthusiasts as a pleasant site for a jog or a stroll. Parking along the reservoir remains ample throughout the day.
This is one of the best designed, maintained and situated courses in the city. Although private, any golf fan should do what they can to find a member to tag along with. The greens are particularly immaculate, but the entire course is meticulously kept up. Much of the course was recently redone, making it significantly more challenging. A dress code is enforced and does not allow any casual dress. This is a private course. The green fees are subject to change.
Another golf course in LA, a number of its nine holes lie in the shadow of the observatory. At 2,478 yards, this course is a rather long par three with a number of sand traps and plenty of trees along the fairways. To play you need to make a reservation well in advance. Rental clubs are available if needed.
The popular nine-hole, par three Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course offers the ideal opportunity to either practice your short game or simply enjoy a modest golfing experience. Since being featured in the cult film Swingers, it has become a regular destination of locals, celebrities and tourists. The most prominent hazards are the numerous trees, which line every fairway. The greens tend to vary greatly in terms of slope and speed, which provides a great opportunity to brush up on your putting before venturing out onto the city's larger courses.
Located in Griffith Park, Bronson Caves. also called Bronson Canyon, was created because of an old quarry dug in 1903 by the Union Rock Company in order to mine materials to use in building the surrounding streets. After the quarry closed in the 1920s, it became a spot for movie shoots because of its rocky and unique landscape. Scenes from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Army of Darkness were shot here, as well as the original Batman TV show. The park has hiking trails, picnic tables and, of course, caves.
Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91. A visit to the on-site Page Museum is a must. Check website for further details.
Spread over 4,210 acres (1704 hectares) of lush land, Griffith Park has something for everyone. Enjoy the nature, greenery and activities like hiking, walking, camping, swimming and tennis. The much-loved and renowned Hollywood Sign also lies within its premises. Attractions like the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens also are located within this humongous park. Picnic provisions are also available. Fun, educational and beautiful, Griffith Park is a must-visit.
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
The only horse ranch in the greater Los Angeles area, this ranch provides a wide variety of activities, such as guided trail rides, boarding, lessons, and their famous Sunset Dinner Rides. Riding is available seven days a week, anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Galen Center of University of South California, is one of the most popular indoor arena of California. With a capacity of over 10,000 people, this place has witnessed some of the most thrilling basketball matches. From sport events to social gatherings, this place has organized it all and is continuing to do so. Officially in operation since 2006, this center is definitely a feather in the hat for the city.
Built for the 1932 Olympic games, Exposition Park is now a venue for many sports and cultural events. Originally known as 'Agricultural Park', it houses a sports arena, coliseum, museum, science center, a rose garden, a swimming stadium and Expo center. The Park is bustling with activities throughout the year with events like Annual Bug Fair and Science Camp. The Rose Garden can be hired for special events and the Coliseum hosts popular sports events. Check website for details.
Snaking along the site of the historical Mt Lowe Railway, this is one of the more scenic hikes in the outer Angeles Forest. This trail takes you on a full-day rigorous adventure, spanning 11 miles and ascending 2600 feet, mostly along a rugged road. You will pass thick forests and deep canyons and likely enjoy a few deer sightings. The hike offers many stunning vistas, as well as a few attractive shaded picnicking spots. An occasional info plaque gives insights into the fascinating history of the place. The loop culminates at the lofty Inspiration Point, where panoramic views reach as far as the ocean on a clear day. The trail is low on shade so arm yourself with a hat and plenty of water. Note that you will need to purchase a Day or Annual Pass from the ranger station or a Big 5 in order to park at the designated lot. - Jamie Zum