Los Angeles, California is certainly a destination for one’s bucket list. This global city popularly known as the “City of Angels”, is one of the most significant economic engines within the USA. It is home to the famous Hollywood, has a rich cultural heritage and numerous exciting activities and places to see.
Are you planning a trip to Los Angeles soon? These are my top 11 Things You Must Do When Visiting Los Angeles.
1. Visit the Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory located on a hilltop (Mount Hollywood) offers the best views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of Los Angeles’ greatest cultural attractions with lots of picturesque views and interactive/visual exhibits to provide an insight about our solar system. The Hollywood Sign is also visible from the observatory.
The Griffith Observatory is a major tourist attraction in Los Angeles and admission to the building and ground is free of charge.
2. Los Angeles City Hall
The LA City Hall offers the second best views of the city and it is absolutely free to the public. You can take spectacular photos of the skyline and experience breathtaking views of the city from the observatory deck.
3. Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown L.A is a busy neighborhood with numerous restaurants, stores, parks, stunning street arts and a vibrant night life. It is also L.A’s central business district.
Your tour should include a stop at Union Station, Grand Park and the popular Olvera Street where you can experience Mexican culture.
4. Grand Central Market
You cannot be anywhere near Downtown LA and not visit the Grand Central Market. This is an excellent European-styled food market (open since 1917) where you can explore a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines.
Look out for Eggslut which is one of my favorites.
5. Venice Beach
Always leave a little beach day in your heart. What better way to experience Los Angeles than to soak up in the sun, engage in people watching and spend time with friends and family.
Venice beach is definitely the place to be.
6. Santa Monica Beach
Next to Venice beach is the iconic Santa Monica beach which offers great recreational activities for the entire family.
Make sure you try funnel cake at Scoops Ice Cream and Funnel Cakes.
Thank me later. 🙂
7. Universal Studios/Universal City Walk
Your trip to Los Angeles should include a visit to the Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the world’s biggest and most exciting theme park rides, entertaining shows and actual working movie studios.
The Universal CityWalk which is located next to Universal Studios Hollywood is packed with unique shops, restaurants, cinemas, clubs and thrilling activities for the entire family.
8. Go Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park
The Runyon Canyon hike is one of most popular hiking trails in Los Angeles. It is a great place to spot celebrities, get amazing views of the city and engage in people watching. The hike takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to the highest point and down.
9. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Your trip to Los Angeles must include a tour of the world’s most famous sidewalks, decorated with over 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars with celebrities names engraved on them.
10. Beverly Hills Tour
Beverly Hills neighborhood is popular around the world for its luxurious lifestyle. Take a drive down the popular Rodeo Drive which is home to luxury, fashion and lifestyle.
11. Visit ‘No Vacancy’
If you ever make it to Los Angeles, then you must visit this 19th-century themed bar housed in a beautiful Victorian building in Hollywood (off Hollywood Blvd).
Read about my absolutely thrilling experience when i visited No Vacancy in November 2016.