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Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike In Los Angeles – A Complete Guide

Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike in Griffith Park rewards you with breathtaking, 360 degree views of sprawling Los Angeles City and more. Here’s a complete guide.

How To Get To Tom LaBonge Panorama

Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Getting around Los Angeles couldn’t be easier. There are generally 4 options:

Car

Aside from downtown LA, the majority of tourist spots are a little spread out in the Los Angeles area.

So hiring a car and exploring is certainly the most convenient way to get around!

We recommend booking one in advance, and fortunately car rentals are relatively cheap in Los Angeles. Plus all major car rental companies have offices at the airports.

We always go through rentalcars.com to compare prices before locking something in prior to our trip.

There is public street parking available in most places around Los Angeles, just be sure to have a card ready to pay for the hourly parking meters.

We parked at the Greek Theatre car park in Griffith Park for our Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike. This is free when there are no events on.

Public Transport

The Los Angeles Metro is affordable, relatively easy to use, and services most of Los Angeles County and its top attractions.

The public transit system consists of Metro Buses, DASH Buses, and Metro Rail Trains.

To ride these buses, trains, and subways, we recommend purchasing a reusable TAP Card. These are available at TAP machines located within most bus or subway stations. Or you can simply download one and add it to your Apple wallet!

You CAN pay cash when you board, but you’ll need the exact fare as bus operators don’t carry change.

Otherwise Uber is a super easy and very popular way of getting from one place to another quickly in Los Angeles!

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Standard buses are available around Los Angeles, if you can figure out the bus routes.

However, there is also of course the famous Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus.

The bus lets you explore Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier and Beaches. With options of a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass.

This is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around the City of Angels at ease.

Tour

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Tom LaBonge Panorama Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Tom LaBonge Panorama.

Downtown LA Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Views of Downtown LA from the beginning of the hike.

Tom LaBonge Panorama Opening Times

Tom LaBonge Panorama is located in Griffith Park.

Griffith Park is open Monday – Sunday: 5am to 10:30pm.

Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Just happy to be here.

Best Time To Visit Tom LaBonge Panorama

Stretching over 400 acres, Griffith Park is a large area. However, it has lots to offer and is a very popular area with tourists and locals alike.

Therefore, early in the morning may be the best time to visit if you want to avoid crowds. It opens at 5am.

However, I promise you it’s one of the best places on any LA itinerary for sunset.

The parking at the Greek Theatre car park is free (when there aren’t any events).

Take a picnic or some snacks, as there are some great spots to sit and enjoy some food whilst also enjoying the beautiful views.

Don’t forget the sunscreen and water as it can get quite hot on the exposed parts of the hike.

Most importantly – don’t forget your camera – the vistas are unbelievable, and make for some of the most Instagrammable places in LA.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Sunset Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
First sign of the Hollywood Sign.
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The final push to the top.

Tom LaBonge History

Previously known as Mount Hollywood summit, Tom LaBonge summit was recently renamed in honour of long-time, Los Angeles city councillor, Tom LaBonge who died in January 2021.

LaBonge, who was known for his passionate support of Griffith Park and its hiking trail for many decades, was frequently seen hiking in the park.

During his time in office, he expanded the park by 500 acres and was involved in the famous Griffith Observatory’s restoration and expansion.

Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti said the following about Tom LaBonge:

Tom held such genuine affection for everyone he met and served, and he loved the beauty, diversity, and dynamism of Los Angeles – and there’s no better way to remember, honour, and cherish him than to forever attach his name to his beloved Griffith Park, our crown jewel”.

Sunset Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Iconic Hollywood palm trees.
Downtown LA Griffith Observatory Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Views over Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA.

What To Expect On The Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike

There is no shortage of great hikes in Griffith Park, but definitely one of the best is the one up to the Tom LaBonge Panorama. (Formerly known as Mount Hollywood.)

We parked in the Greek Theatre car park, at the southern end of Griffith Park, and started our hike from there.

You know you are heading in the right direction when you see the sign warning you about rattlesnakes!

From here we hiked up through the Bird Sanctuary and into the Hollywood Hills. As you climb the hills you start to see the sprawling city of Los Angeles spreading out below you.

You will also get great views of Griffith Park and many famous points of interest such as the Griffith’s Observatory and one of the Best Hollywood Sign Viewpoints.

On arriving at the Tom LaBonge Panorama, along with the breathtaking 360 degree views, you will find plenty of picnic benches to sit and relax before the hike back down.

I recommend taking a picnic like we did and timing it perfectly for sunset.

It was honestly one of the highlights of my time in LA this time around, and definitely one of the best things to do in Los Angeles!

This moderately challenging hike is worth every single step for the most amazing, far reaching views. You can even see the ocean on a clear day and sunsets are incredible!

Make sure to add this to your .

Whilst in Griffith Park, don’t forget to check out some of the other awesome hikes such as Runyon Canyon Park and Hollywood Sign Hike.

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The Entrance to Tom Labonge Panorama
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Celebratory picnic at the summit.
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Angeles National Forest behind the summit.
Sunset Hollywood Sign Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Kylie watching the sun set over Hollywood.
Sunset Hollywood Sign Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Quick sunset photo shoot.
Griffith Observatory Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Dusk over Griffith Observatory.
Sunset Hollywood Sign Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
The photos don’t do the colours in the sky justice.
Los Angeles At Night Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Big shakas for this moment overlooking the city.
Los Angeles At Night Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Peace out LA.
Los Angeles At Night Tom LaBonge Panorama Hike Mount Hollywood
Los Angeles at night from Tom Labonge Panorama.

Where To Stay In Los Angeles

Luxury

The Beverly Hills Hotel – Dorchester Collection

Known as ‘The Pink Palace’, this luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard features the full-service La Prairie Spa and a beautiful outdoor pool.

Downtown Beverly Hills is just 1 mile away.

The bright and elegant rooms of The Beverly Hills Hotel feature marble bathrooms and 2 TVs.

There is also a minibar, coffee maker and ironing facilities included.

The Polo Lounge at the hotel is a popular dining place for celebrities.

Mid-Budget

Clean Modern Room

Clean Modern Room features accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi and a shared kitchen.

The air-conditioned homestay also offers a flat-screen TV, a seating area, washing machine and a bathroom with a bath and a shower.

Beverly Hills is a great choice for travelers interested in food, shopping and restaurants.

Budget

Empire Inn

Empire Inn is located in Los Angeles, just 5 miles from the centre.

It provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and all rooms include a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV.

South Los Angeles is a great choice for travellers interested in tourist attractions, sunshineand beach walks.

For other places to stay in Los Angeles, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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