3. Instead of Runyon Canyon: Mulholland Drive
Skip the sweaty hike at overcrowded Runyon in favor of a midday (or, hell, midnight) drive up Mulholland. Your friends will like that it’s the road that inspired David Lynch’s legendary film, and the highway where James Dean spent his fateful last drive. For photos, try the Stone Canyon outlook on Mulholland’s south side.
Stone Canyon Outlook. 13931 Mulholland Drive, Santa Monica Mountains