1. Instead of Griffith Observatory: The pool at the Standard Downtown
Griffith is known for its sweeping views, but soaking in the sights is infinitely more fun at the Standard hotel. Only 20 minutes from the Observatory, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of LA’s towering skyscrapers while drinking haute cocktails by the rooftop pool. And since the hotel plays host to some of the best DJs and bands around, your viewing party could soon be an actual party.
The Standard Downtown. 550 S Flower St., Downtown (213-892-8080)