• Verdugo Mountain
  • Griffith Park and Hollywood Hills.
  • Golden State Freeway — "The Five" — at the southern end of The Grapevine.
  • Sepulveda Pass on the 405 freeway.
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley, or just "The Valley."
  • LAX is in here.


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I woke up about 12 minutes before landing and saw Los Angeles glowing outside the window. The view is toward the southeast from northwest of the city, on approach to Santa Barbara from Denver. From bottom to top, the Grapevine (I-5) enters the San Fernando Valley as the Golden State Freeway, continuing between Verdugo Mountain on the left and the Hollywood hills on the right. Highway 210, the Foothill Expressway, winds around the left or East side of Verdugo. Downtown L.A. is the bright white spot under the fog beyond the Hollywood Hills. All of the West Side, down to LAX and the ocean, glows under a low fog near the top of the shot.

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  1. anosmicovni 77 months ago | reply

    I witnessed something like this coming into LAX the other day. It was incredible. I wish I had been able to take a picture myself!

  2. julianofdevon 27 months ago | reply

    I absolutely love that view. I should fly into L.A when it is night time.

  3. katharinevalentino 7 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I now illustrates a poem titled "Highways of Life" in Setting Forth--on a Literary Itinerary.

  4. Rue89 2 weeks ago | reply

    We're a French news website called Rue89 (www.rue89.com) and are about to use this picture (with link and credit) to illustrate a story on our site, observing the Creative Commons conditions mentioned in this page.

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  5. dsearls 2 weeks ago | reply

    Merci, Rue89. Feel free to use the shot any way you like. :-)

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