Los Angeles (LA), the City of Angels, La La Land, whatever you prefer to call it. This city in California is a remarkable city filled with more things to do than one could complete in a lifetime. No wonder the city of Los Angeles is known to be one of the greatest in the world. Traffic aside, Los Angeles rightfully deserves a place among the greats.
From West Hollywood to the shores of Venice Beach, whether you are looking for things to do in LA this weekend or more, here are 8 Los Angeles attractions that will make you want to visit Los Angeles right away!
8 Things To Do in Los Angeles
1. Venice Beach
Venice Beach is a world of its own. A perfect spot for people-watching, beach chillin’, and surfer shops galore. The beach itself might not be what one would call tropical destination, but colourful beach huts, bike trails, and world famous skate park sit beachfront, making this the perfect afternoon hang out spot.
Along the walkway you will find street performers galore, basketball and tennis courts, and muscle beach! If you get hungry, stop by the historic Sidewalk Café. The original land owner was obsessed with re-creating the Venice canals, which is where the name Venice Beach came from. I won’t spoil all the fun facts. You just have to go there for yourself to learn more.
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291
2. Santa Monica
Situated next door to Venice Beach is the equally popular Santa Monica Pier. If carnival games, thrill rides, and churros sound in any way appealing then you will fall in love with Santa Monica. You can even take trapeze lessons in a fun class.
The best way to get there from Venice would be to rent a bike for 3-4 hours, or all day for around $40 USD, and bike the path. Though a couple miles, you can make pit stops along the way, including the original Muscle Beach. Yes, the original Muscle Beach is actually closer to Santa Monica.
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
3. The Grove
The Grove is a bustling spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Decorated in the classic Hollywood art deco glam from old school trams moving shoppers from one side to the other while swanky music plays out loud on the speakers. In fact, the Grove closely resembles Hollywood Studios at Disneyland – with a beautiful landscape perfect for chilling and people watching.
By far one of the most popular spot here is Laduree. For those in need of a macaron fix but can’t make it all the way to Paris, Laduree at the Grove has all the classics you crave including patio seating with a full menu.
Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
4. OUE SkySpace
For one of the best views in all of Los Angeles, head to the top of the US Bank Tower, aka SkySpace – the tallest open-air observation deck in California. From an interactive floor that transports you through the city landscape and history, three observation decks, a bar, and if you dare, an all glass slide over the side of the building.
Operating hours: Daily from 10am-9pm Ticket prices: USD 25-32 for the Skyslide option (highly recommended) Address: 633 West Fifth Street #840, Los Angeles, CA 90071
5. Grand Central Market
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Grand Central Market is an iconic hub of local cultures and cuisines – operating since 1917. Easily comparable to Chelsea Market in NYC or Borough Market in London, Grand Central Market is a must-visit. You will find dozens of food vendors offering options ranging from street tacos to the popular Egg Slut. If you are looking for cheaper food options you will find it here, though not much cheaper. Still a great place to walk through and sample local flavors.
If you feel so inclined, across from Grand Central Market is the popular Angel’s Flight Railway. You might recognize it from the movie La La Land. In fact, this railway was restored just for the movie. Now for $1 you can take your ride uphill – all 298 feet of it.
Operating hours: Daily from 8am-10pm Address: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
6. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s
Shag Rugs, Wooden Walls and lamps that make you feel as though you stepped onto the set of That 70’s Show. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s is unlike most bars you will find in Hollywood. In fact, if not paying attention you might not find this bar at all for it is hidden behind an antique refrigerator door. Walk through the fridge and into the peak of 1970. Did I mention this bar is in fact a house?
Address: 1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7. Universal Studios Hollywood
Get in touch with your childish side and head to Universal Studios Hollywood for thrill rides, donuts bigger than your head, and let’s not forget The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can also take a 30 minute studio tour and learn all about what it takes to make a blockbuster movie!
Don’t forget to spend time around City Walk – an area of shopping, dining, and entertainment open from 11am-9pm.
Operating hours: 10am-7pm Ticket prices: USD 109-124 (one-day pass) Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
8. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Also known as one of the most Instagrammable spots in all of Los Angeles, LACMA is a must see. Even if you don’t go inside you have to stop by the famous Urban Light installation for your IG moment.
All 202 of these cast iron lamps were once used for lighting the city streets. Now they are displayed as an iconic piece of Los Angeles’ history. Arrive at dusk and watch these lamps light up.
Address: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Allison is the energetic travel blogger behind Seeking Neverland. With no plans to slow down her life of adventure, she spends most days getting lost in foreign places, collecting photographs, and sharing all her findings with you. Check out her blog for city guides and travel tips.