No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to the ritzy and world famous city of Beverly Hills, California. You don’t have to have handfuls of money like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman to enjoy a day here, but if you’ve never been to the 90210 it can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming.
So today we’re sharing the top 10 most iconic and Instagrammable Beverly Hills photo spots that you’ll want to capture on your visit.
Let’s start exploring one of our favorite cities together.
Beverly Hills Sign
The 40 foot long Beverly Hills Sign is the perfect place to start your day and snap a glamorous selfie. In 1907, long before fancy shops and grand homes lined the streets of the city, the Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond were built as part of a real estate promotion…and over 100 years later this is one of the most photographed spots in the Beverly Hills which obviously means that it’s one of the most instagrammable places in Beverly Hills.
Local tip: Many Los Angeles city tour buses stop here (especially in the Summer months). If you want this spot to yourself, you should plan on a bright and early visit…definitely before 8 AM).
Beverly Gardens Park
The Beverly Hills Sign is centrally located in the Beverly Gardens Park, which stretches 1.9 miles along Santa Monica Blvd. This park is a breath of fresh air in the middle of this busily and bustling city. Here you can enjoy multiple gardens, including a full cactus garden and a beautiful rose garden that blooms every Spring. A decomposed granite path is popular for jogging or a leisurely walk.
The park also features local art installations that are fun to photograph. Every May and October this park is home to the popular Beverly Hills artSHOW, exhibiting artists from all over the country. It’s a great place to peruse beautiful paintings, sculpture, and photography, and while you might not think it’s a super popular Beverly Hills photo spot, you’ll be surprised to see how pretty of a backdrop it can be.
Local tip: Directly across the street from the park and lily pond is a local favorite coffee shop that is also super Instagrammable –Alfred.
The west end of Beverly Gardens Park is marked by a 30-foot circular pool, boasting a 6-foot tall sculpture kneeling atop a 20-foot steel column. This fountain is lined with ornate mosaic tiles and was originally gifted to the city of Beverly Hills in 1931 by the mother of silent screen actor Harrell Lloyd. This spot has been featured in the Go-Go’s music video Our Lips Are Sealed, as well as the 1990s California classic movie Clueless. Map Location
Local tip: If you plan your visit in the evening, an LED light show casts a rainbow of colors across the fountain. If you visit in the Summer the fountains cool mist will provide welcome relief from the California heat.
Rodeo Drive is a 2-mile long street famous for its designer labels and haute couture fashion shops. Even if you’re not planning on purchasing a thing, window shopping is free, so take time to snap a picture as you enjoy a stroll past the storefront of your favorite luxury designer. Map Location
Local tip: Rodeo Drive is a place to see and be seen in Beverly Hills. If you are hoping to spot a celebrity on your visit, this is a good place to start.
Two Rodeo Drive
Two Rodeo Drive is a high-end shopping center in the heart of Rodeo. Built to resemble a classic European street, it feels extra romantic with cobblestone beneath your feet, twinkling lights above your head, and soft music serenading you. This may just be one of my personal favorite spots in all of Beverly Hills. Map Location
Local tip: Rodeo drive is very popular and busy during the day. If you plan to arrive early before the shops open in the morning, you might just be able to have the beautiful Via Rodeo fountain all to yourself as you capture a coveted picture on Rodeo Drive.
Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills is home to many world-famous hotels, but the most iconic has to be the Beverly Hills Hotel. Originally opened in 1912, it is instantly recognizable thanks to its signature pink and teal colors. A one night stay here could easily set you back over $1000, but even if you opt to skip the room, you can still enjoy an amazing meal at Polo Lounge or a poolside bite at The Cabana Café.Map Location
Local tip: If you just want to stop here to snap a quick picture of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel sign, there is short-term parking located on N Crescent Drive, adjacent to the hotel.
Will Rogers Memorial Park
Located on Sunset Boulevard, Will Rogers Memorial Park originally opened in 1915 as the first municipal park in Beverly Hills. In 1952 the city renamed the park in honor of its first “honorary mayor”. The park has many interesting features to photograph, including a rose garden, palm trees, and winding asphalt paths. However, the most popular spot might just be the pond with fish, turtles, and a fountain flowing in the middle. Map Location
Local tip: This park is located just across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel, so you can easily cross these two Bev Hills photo spots off your bucket list at the same time.
Beverly Hills City Hall
Beverly Hills City Hall was built in 1932, and at the time of its construction it was widely considered one of the largest and most expensive City Halls in the country. The building can be seen in the movie In a Lonely Place, and it was also used as the police department in Beverly Hills Cop starring Eddie Murphy. This Spanish Revival building lined with tall palm trees creates a beautiful backdrop for any picture. Map Location
Local tip: Lovely twinkle lights sparkle at dusk and early in the morning, they can add a fairytale like mood to any images you might capture here.
Beverly Hills Civic Center
Located right next door to City Hall, the Beverly Hills Civic Center was built in 1990. It is a photographer’s dream, boasting an architectural mix of Spanish Revival, Postmodern, and Art Deco. Whether you stroll down the plaza lined with palm trees, frame a picture under one of the colorfully tiled archways, or wander along a lamppost lined path, you can capture breathtaking images all around the Civic Center. Map Location
Local tip: Located just next to the Civic Center is a quiet and lovely memorial garden. This beautiful space was built to pay tribute to the lives lost on 9/11. It is a special place to sit and reflect as you gaze up at a structural beam which once helped support the World Trade Center.
Hillcrest Palm Trees
When you visit Beverly Hills, you find yourself in the land of palm trees. While you can locate them all over the city, a quintessential spot to capture rows of palm trees lining an elegantly manicured street has to be N. Hillcrest Road. Map Location
Local tip: If you plan your visit before 8 AM, you can capture unobstructed views here without many cars parked along the side of the street.
About the Author: Dawn Marie is an aerialist by day and an adventurer at heart. She calls Los Angeles home, but she loves to travel near and far, helping others discover their next adventure by sharing her own. Whether she’s flying on a jet or flying on her aerial rig at home, she believes in finding joy in the journey, peace in the process, and giving grace abundantly…wherever she goes.