Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive, a 21-mile long road, connects the ridgeline of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills. On our way home from Hollywood yesterday, we drove along this route successfully for the fourth time nearing sunset. This drive is well-known and a must-see drive. Observing and taking in the views at several overlooks, we understood why it is popular with locals and tourists. Along the two-lane road, Nick drove cautiously along the winding turns along the cliffs. Aside from the views of the city and rolling hills, we saw many large houses plotted along the way, wondering which ones were celebrity homes: Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon, and many others are rumored to live nearby.

Many do this drive at night, which we have done, and the view then is also spectacular. However, we prefer the sunset drive. You can see better and most of the overlooks are still open or easily accessible. It was definitely a nice drive. I found it relaxing, a nice break from the normal congestion on the freeway home.

Hollywood Overlook. We could see the Hollywood Bowl right below us.

Hollywood Overlook. We could see the Hollywood Bowl right below us (lower right).

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A nice guy wearing a robe complained about the Hollywood Tour vans taking up space in the tiny parking lot, “Why can’t they drop their people down a little further — they can walk.” Then he offered to take our picture when he saw us doing our famous Deptula self-shots. “What a nice little couple,” he said, as he worked my iPhone.

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Laurel Canyon Overlook

Universal City Overlook. The black skyscraper is the NBC Universal building.

Universal City Overlook. The black skyscraper is the NBC Universal building.

Laurel Canyon Overlook

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