Photographing the Sun at Hilltop Park

Hilltop Park

Sweeping panoramic view of Long Beach, Palos Verdes, and Downtown Los Angeles in the distance. Great vantage point to see the sunset. After the sun sets, take in the endless sea of city lights. Best views on clear days if you want to see all the way to downtown Los Angeles.

Hilltop Park is located in Signal Hill and offers an unmatched panoramic view of the Los Angeles Basin. If you go on a clear day, you may even be lucky enough to see Catalina Island and the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. This park is the perfect spot for families, dogs, and even dates. There’s always plenty of parking, but be sure to come before sunset as it is a popular spot amongst Long Beach residents.

Hilltop Park offers by far the easiest access if you’re looking to get a great view of the city and want to avoid the traffic of Greater Los Angeles. Hilltop Park can definitely get a little chilly in the evening so be sure to bring a jacket or blanket to keep warm. There are plenty of concrete benches for you to relax and take in the view and there are telescopes if you’re itching to get a close-up view. Hilltop Park is definitely a must visit spot and deserves to be in the same ranks as more popular LA sunset spots like Griffith Observatory or Hollywood Bowl Overlook.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Warm clothes
  • Snacks
  • Hot chocolate
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic

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Breathtaking

It’s one of the smallest parks I’ve ever visited, but the view is amazing! Got there about half an hour before sunset and there was already people there to take in the view. The park has several stone benches lined up facing out, giving you views of Long Beach all the way around to Downtown LA on a clear day. Would definitely recommend, definitely going back.

Amazing View

Coming here to catch the sunset, and not only do you get the view of the sunset but a complete view of Los Angeles, long beach, Hollywood, and Costa Mesa. As the sun has already gone down, you see the surrounding cities light up in a beautiful way. Easy access to get here!! But be careful, got a couple of bad mosquito bites!


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