Top 15 Things to Do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the biggest city in California and is known for its Mediterranean climate. We list the top 15 things to do in Los Angeles!
I visited Los Angeles in February of 2018 and stayed in a hostel called the Los Angeles USA Hostels with my friends from college, Ariana and Sarah. We had a incredible trip. Here are my top fifteen things to do while visiting Los Angeles, California, based on my experience and research!
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre
The TCL Chinese Theatre is one of Hollywood’s most memorable sites, as it opened in 1927 and represents the excess of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Don’t forget to stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where movie stars have left their handprints and signatures along the sidewalk. The theatre and walk of fame are two of the best things to do in Los Angeles.
Walk of Fame: Read the list of entertainment figures placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: http://www.walkoffame.com
TCL Chinese Theatre: Purchase movie tickets: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com
2. Watch the Sunset at Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica is located west of downtown Los Angeles and contains one of the utmost beautiful beaches in the United States. You can explore the area on a bicycle along the 26-mile bike path, which happens to be the longest beach bike path in the world, or you can simply get ice cream on the boardwalk and take in the amazing sunset on the beach.
Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
3. Visit Lake Hollywood Park
I highly recommend visiting the amazing view at Lake Hollywood Park. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the Hollywood sign, a landmark that has been around since 1923. Unlike many nearby hiking trails, Lake Hollywood Park grants you a view of the sign from below.
Location: 3200 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068-1606
4. Visit the Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory overlooks the Los Angeles basin. The views are beautiful, and admission is free at the observatory! The observatory sits 1,134 feet above sea level. You might even recognize this spot from popular movies, including The Terminator, Charlie’s Angels, and Rebel without a Cause.
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs
Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 644-2050
5. Bike Ride at Griffith Park
Griffith Park is one of the largest parks in North America, as it covers 4,511 acres. Bike riding through the area is sensational because the park contains trails along the eastern Santa Monica Mountains.
Bike Rentals: In the parking lot behind the Griffith Park Ranger Station.
6. Runyon Canyon Park
Reach the top of Runyon Canyon for a breathtaking view of the city. Bikes are not allowed on the trails. Dogs are allowed off leash in designated areas only. Location: 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
7. Explore the Restaurants and Nightlife in Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown LA has the best food and a fun and thrilling nightlife filled with numerous bars, comedy clubs, and nightclubs.
8. The Getty Center
The Getty Center is one of the most prestigious art institutions in the world. Exhibitions include contemporary art, photography, and classical paintings. Spend the day marveling at the art, relaxing in the garden, and enjoying the hilltop views. There are free tours available at The Getty Center.
9. Stroll Along the Venice Beach Boardwalk
Get Active on Venice Beach!!! The area has an eccentric spirit, as the boardwalk is a great place for people watching, with skateboarders and body builders.
10. The Original Farmers Market and The Grove
Go shopping for chic clothes and enjoy delicious food at the open-air mall where you can browse through brand stores. The Original Farmers Market sells fresh produce and offers a international culinary experience.
11. Hollywood and Highland Center
Hollywood and Highland Center is a must-see outdoor mall. This activity is for you if you love shopping!
12. Visit Disneyland, Los Angeles
Get Animated with Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland. The theme park is packed with fun things to do.
13. Grand Central Market
Satisfy your food cravings at Grand Central Market. The food hall has been operating since 1917.
Location and Hours: 8am – 10pm Monday-Sunday
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tel: (213) 624-2378
14. Paramount Pictures Studios
Go behind the scenes and take a tour of the classic Hollywood American Film studio. The tour shows historic sets and warehouse. Ps: there is free water and popcorn.
15. Market and shopping on Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue is known as the intersection of posh and funky. The ultimate street for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Don’t forget to take pictures in front of the artsy walls along the avenue.
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