Mulholland Drive was built in 1924 for the purpose of allowing Los Angeles residents to reach the ocean and the mountains. It is named for William D. Mulholland, a Water Bureau Chief and Engineer who conceived of the road. There are seven overlooks perched along the edge of Mulholland Drive, each of them providing visitors with picturesque views of their surroundings. Jerome Daniel Overlook (also know as Hollywood Bowl Overlook) is situated above the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater in downtown Los Angeles, and grants visitors a view of Griffith Park Observatory, the San Fernando Valley, and the Hollywood Sign. When the weather cooperates, you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Both Jerome Daniel Overlook and Universal City Overlook, another attraction along Mulholland Drive, were built in 1984. Los Angeles hosted the Olympics that summer, and the new outlooks were part of the city’s preparations.
Jerome “Jerry” Daniel served on a number of committees in the Santa Monica Mountains including the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the Santa Monica Conservancy Advisory Committee, the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, and the Valley Leadership Institute. He was passionate about the mountains and worked hard to preserve Los Angeles’ history and nature. He helped obtain over 50,000 acres of land for the public, much of which is now parkland. Jerome Daniel Overlook is named in his honor.
A parking lot is available, though it is not large. Street parking is available, although Mulholland Drive has many curves near the overlook and visibility is less than ideal. If you manage to snag a parking spot, this can be a perfect place to hear live music coming from the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater while you enjoy the scenic landscape. Day or night, the view won’t disappoint.