If you enjoy hikes / scenery, a quick hike at Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood is highly recommended. This is along the same range as the Hollywood sign, but a couple mountains over. Apparently a buzz place for celebrities as well.20130106_144036 Making it to the top will reward you with sweeping views of Downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and general prettiness. It was starting to drizzle when I went up, and you can distantly see a rainbow in the middle of the above picture.20130106_142941

You can try finding street parking in the residential neighborhoods nearby, which I lucked out on. There’s everything from a steep ascent to a gradual incline that twists up, so you can pick what you’re in the mood for.