Break Away From The Norm: 6 Outdoor Date Ideas For Los Angeles

There are more than enough great bars and restaurants in the greater LA area to have that awkward first date, get to know your current crush a little better, or just as important, catch up with your already special someone. But, sometimes it’s better to skip these places and try something off-the-beaten-path (pun intended). With the longer days of summer, now is a great time to get out and enjoy some of the natural beauty LA has to offer. Whether you’re an avid hiker, backpacker, or climber, or you’re a little new to the outdoors, but love the idea of getting outside, here are 6 great options to make your next date a memorable one.

1. Switzer Falls

Photo: Steve Berardi

Grab that special someone and head out on this 5-mile roundtrip hike to take in one of LA's most scenic waterfalls. If you're heading out on a sunnier day, remember to pack your sunscreen and a swimsuit to cool off. Learn More.

2. Manhattan Beach Pier

Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

We know Manhattan Beach can be a little crowded in the evenings, but pack a picnic, find your spot on the beach and enjoy one of the best parts of living in Los Angeles, the amazing sunsets over the ocean. If the date is going well, head into town for a bite or a drink. Learn More

3. Vista Hermosa Park

Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

We know you're busy and don't always have time to hit the trail or sit in traffic. This well-kept oasis on the border of downtown offers grassy open fields with an awesome view of the Los Angeles skyline. Pick up lunch for 2 and enjoy your time at this urban escape. Learn More.

4. The Hollyridge Trail

Photo: Kelly Dickinson

This relatively paved trail leads up to one of the most well-known icons in Los Angeles. If you and your date are early morning people, avoid the crowds and catch an amazing sunrise view of the city. Learn More.

5. The Wisdom Tree

Photo: Frank Lopez

Take a quick hike to the Wisdom Tree for picturesque views of Los Angeles, Burbank, Griffith Park, and the Hollywood sign. Once you reach the tree, look for an ammo box at its base. People leave letters and wishes inside of it. Don't forget a pen and paper. Learn More.

6. Saddle Peak

Photo: Cameron Gardner

This 2-mile roundtrip hike leads you to a great viewing spot for sunset views over the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. Bring a little extra water and snacks - you'll want to refuel after the 2,000ft elevation gain. Learn More.

7. Pelican Cove

Photo: Ben Srun

Looking for a relaxing getaway? Head to Pelican Cove for one of the most memorable sunsets you'll see. You may be tempted to take in the sunset from the parking lot, but bring shoes and head out on the short hike to the cove for the full experience. Learn More.

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