Mulholland Drive is an iconic Los Angeles landmark, and a big piece of the county’s history. Immortalized in the 2001 film that shares its name, as well as through mentions in several popular songs, it is best known for its outstanding lookout points over the city.
The twisting road was built in 1924 and is named after its creator, LA Water Bureau Chief and City Engineer William Mulholland. An Irish immigrant, Mulholland was a self-taught engineer who rose through the ranks of the city by sheer determination. He is most know for building the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, one of the more controversial projects the city has seen.
His vision was to create a road that would take people from the congestion of the big city out into the mountains, for the beautiful views and fresh air. There are seven designated lookout points along the way, as well as tourist facilities. The road also provides access to two public parks–Franklin Canyon Park and Fryman Canyon Park.
The road winds through the gorgeous Santa Monica Mountains, which are a perfect escape from city life. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, camping, or just quickly stopping by to catch a view and some fresh air. The seven designated overlooks offer views of famous LA landmarks, such as the Hollywood Bowl, Downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Mountains, Stone Canyon Reservoir, Simi Valley, the San Fernando Valley, and on a clear day even the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The Mulholland Highway, which is the longer extension of the scenic drive, begins just north of LA in Calabasas, and terminates at Leo Carrillo State Beach.
To get to Mulholland Drive from the Comfort Inn at Woodland Hills, you have several options. There are numerous points of entry along the road itself, but the far western end of Mulholland drive is the closest to the hotel. This can be found by taking either the Ventura Freeway or Ventura Boulevard, and then turning right to head up into the mountains.
There are several twisting roads that will take you directly to the starting point, or you can opt for the San Diego Freeway (405), which will bring you slightly past the beginning of Mulholland Drive (and past the Grove Viewpoint) but save you some extra turns. Both routes are roughly eight miles from the Comfort Inn and is about a twenty to twenty-five minute drive away.
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