(LA Trend) — If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon and take in some Hollywood history, then cruise on down the world-famous Mulholland Drive.
Renowned for its make-out points, big-budget movie chase scenes, and scenic beauty, Mulholland Drive is a 21-mile long, mostly two-lane, minor arterial road that loosely follows the ridgeline of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills, connects two sections of Highway 101, and crosses through Sepulveda Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Nichols Canyon Road, and Outpost Drive. Originally opened in 1924, Mulholland Drive was built by a consortium of developers investing in the Hollywood Hills and was named after pioneering Los Angeles civil engineer William Mulholland.
Most major canyon roads will lead to Mulholland at some point, but if you want the full experience, then start at the beginning, where Mulholland Drive meets Cahuenga Boulevard, then travel west to where the majority of the overlooks are.
One of the first overlooks you’ll encounter is the Hollywood Bowl Overlook (one of the only stops on the left side of the road), which gives you a clear view of Downtown L.A. and the rest of the L.A. Basin, as well as the iconic Hollywood sign. And be sure to get out and explore the parking lot nearby, where you’ll be treated to a 360-degree panorama of the L.A. area.
On a side note, this gorgeous parkway was once a popular racing spot because of the exhilarating yet perilous sloping curves. So drive carefully, especially through the numerous blind curves.
Just a couple miles down the road, you’ll find the Universal City Overlook, featuring a terrific aerial view of Universal Studios and, if you look closely off in the distance, Warner Bros. Studios. There’s also a quaint seating area, making it a perfect stop for a picnic.
And if you’re in the mood for an overlook that’s more shaded and woodsy, then don’t forget to make a stop at the Barbara A. Fine Overlook, which comes with a stunning glimpse of the Fryman Canyon and the San Gabriel Mountains.
There are many other overlooks to relax and take in the atmosphere that only Los Angeles can provide. Stop at a few of the most famous, or make a day of it and check out every single one for the full experience of Mulholland Drive, that magical place that’s been referenced in countless movies, songs, and novels, and of course, David Lynch’s eponymous film.