Elysian Park’s “secret swing” may be one of the city’s most sought out places for the perfect picture!
There’s no denying that Los Angeles is one of the most ‘grammable places in the world – from pink walls to palm trees, it’s almost impossible to take a picture here without a line of people waiting to have their turn in the spotlight. But only those who adore the city the most are willing to search for L.A’s somewhat hidden gems, which most of the time involve a bit of a trek and an amazing view. The hidden swing at Elysian Park is no different – you just have to find it first!
Whether you’re trying to capture your next profile picture or want to scope out an all-in-one view of the city skyline, mountains, and coastline, all you have to do is type Swing On Top of Elysian Park into Google maps… seriously!
Your GPS will lead you to the closest you can park to the trail on Park Row Drive, and you can leave your car there without having to pay. The trail up to the swing is about five minutes long, but if it’s a hot day you’ll probably want to bring a water bottle with you!
Just like any place in Los Angeles, it will probably be the least crowded during the week; we think some of the best times to go are at sunrise and sunset, but be sure to plan accordingly because the park is open from 8a to 9p. Though posing for the ‘gram in those new heels you just bought seem like a good idea, you may want to reconsider and wear shoes that are not only comfortable but can also protect you from fire ants and pieces of broken glass that are scattered around the trail.
It’s probably worth noting that the swing is infamous for disappearing randomly. The reason is unknown but our best bet is that it probably has something to do with the frequency of visitors the swing gets throughout the year; if there’s no swing, the hype probably dies down overtime allowing this picture-worthy spot to remain a true city wonder.
Location: Park Row Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012. See it on Google maps.
Also published on Medium.