Scenic Drives in L.A.

Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive | Photo courtesy of Eric Demarcq, Flickr

In Los Angeles, the automobile is more than just a form of transportation to get from point A to point B - it's a way of life. The ultimate celebration of car culture is the LA Auto Show, taking place at the LA Convention Center in Downtown L.A. Nov. 18-27, 2016. During the auto show’s Press Days, dozens of vehicles will be unveiled to a global audience, including many worldwide debuts. At the LA Auto Show, the public will be able to see hundreds of new vehicles from automakers from around the world.

Driving L.A.’s legendary streets and highways has inspired generations of musicians, from Jan & Dean’s classic, The Little Old Lady from Pasadena, to Tom Petty's Free Fallin', Charlie Robison’s Sunset Boulevard, Duran Duran's Drive By, Sheryl Crow's All I Wanna Do, and the iconic I Love L.A. by Randy Newman. 

Mulholland Drive with Jay Leno

One of the most famous roads in L.A. is Mulholland Drive, named after William Mulholland, the head engineer who oversaw the construction of the massive aqueduct that brought water and subsequent growth to the city after being completed in 1913. Comedian Jay Leno takes us on a tour of L.A. as he cruises famed Mulholland Drive in his Mercedes SLS AMG, then heads down to Sunset Boulevard. 

Leno compares Mulholland Drive to the Nürburgring, a motorsport race track around the village of Nürburg, Germany. Simply known as "The Ring" by enthusiasts, it's widely considered to be the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world.

In the following articles, we've collected some of L.A.'s most scenic drives, from the urban heart of Los Angeles, to the stunning coast and inland landscapes.  


Scenic Drives in the City

  • Sunset Strip from Crescent Heights Boulevard to Doheny Drive
  • Hollywood Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Vine Street
  • Wilshire Boulevard from Downtown L.A. to the Pacific Coast Highway

Read more about Scenic Drives in the City of Angels.


Scenic Drives on the Coast

  • Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Zuma Beach
  • North Sepulveda Boulevard from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach
  • Palos Verdes Drive from Palos Verdes Estates to San Pedro

Read more about Scenic Drives on the Coast.


Scenic Drives Heading Inland

  • Mulholland Drive from the 405 to Laurel Canyon Boulevard
  • Angeles Crest Scenic Byway
  • Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

Read more about Scenic Drives Heading Inland.