Malibu has a south-facing coast, not west, like the rest of LA. This is taken from Duke’s Restaurant in Malibu facing east. You’re seeing that entire curve of the Los Angeles coastline in the distance.
In Panorama City, there is a Kaiser Permanente hospital with a 10-story tower that allows you to catch some awesome views.
View Rating: 10 out of 10. If you go up there, you’ll understand why Panorama City got its name, because 360° around, you’ll be equidistantly surrounded by the mountains that make up the San Fernando Valley.
Here’s a video of the place right when the sun was setting (and here’s another one just AFTER it set, with more of me talking, and the camera sensor going crazy from the colors):
Accessibility: Easy if you can climb stairs. Here’s how…
First of all, you can’t enter the tower if it’s past 8pm so go well before sunset time. Don’t do anything stupid while up there to burn the spot and ruin it for the rest of us. There are cameras all over the place, including the stair wells to get up there.
1. Park in one of the parking structures of the hospital and then walk on Cantara St.
2. Walk up this driveway below and enter the doors:
3. Walk straight ahead. Continue straight until you get to the end where there are working elevators and you’ll find the door to the stairs right next to them. Climb those flight of stairs all the way up.
Some weird things about the place…
When you first enter the building, you will have to pass by these eery elevators that read “Permanently Out of Order” on them. Also, you will notice that despite how massive the tower is, the building seems like it’s mostly empty and unused. I recommend you just don’t make eye contact with employees and just walk straight ahead to the elevators with confidence that you know where you are going even if it is your first time. Enjoy!
Colin Rich spent 6 months gathering footage to create this video and had to avoid security officers and police quite often in the process. He even had to dodge infrared cameras to capture the shots from behind the Hollywood sign which is a 2 mile hike up at night. He says, “Time lapse photography is definitely a labor of love and a study in patience.”
In this video:
- 0:34, A view of LA from behind the infamous HOLLYWOOD sign.
- 1:31, The planes landing at LAX
- 1:34, Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel (built at a cost of 1.5 million dollars)
- 2:04, The marine layer coming in, a common feature of LA.
- 2:17, “The Queens Necklace” is the colloquial term for the curve of the coastline between Santa Monica and Palos Verdes.
Do you recognize where some of the views could be taken from? If so, do share some tidbits! And thanks for watching!
In Los Angeles, on Friday, Feb 25, 2011, we experienced some heavy rain. On Saturday, we were experiencing the tail-end of the storm that was extremely frigid and turbulent. We had very cold and gusty winds in most places. This was the day snow fell in many parts of LA as well!
I was in the SFV and captured these shots during Saturdays sunset on the 405. Two of the photos were from a bridge that connects the 405 and 118 freeways. This bridge is dramatically elevated (to clear other bridges under it) so it makes for great landscape shots. Click on the images for the high-res versions.
- Location: Taken from the freeway bridge that connects the 405 N to the 118 W, facing NW.
The image above was taken from the same spot as the previous image. This is facing NE instead of NW.
- Location: Taken from the bridge that connects the 405 North to the 118 West, facing Northeast.
- Left and middle: The western portion of the San Gabriel mountain range.
- Right: The last mountain-hump is actually the Verdugo Mountain range.
- Taken from the 405 South, just north of Strathern, facing West. [?]
- Right: The railroad tracks for the Metrolink/Amtrak leading toward the Simi Hills.
More to come in the future!