What To Do In Los Angeles
Things To Do
Of course, you already know about the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Getty Centre and Griffith Observatory. But don’t limit yourself to the touristy regions of Los Angeles. If you dare to explore, L.A. will surprise you, and even make you want to stay!
For Retail Therapy Seekers
The first question to ask is, what kind of shopping are you looking for? Because, rest assured, Los Angeles will have the answer. But know this, shopping your way through Los Angeles is one way to explore the city!
For high-end fashion stores, or even if you’re up for some good window-shopping - think of it like NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is the mecca for all you luxury retail lovers out there. With the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Prada, Chanel and more, hitting Rodeo Drive and lunch later might be one of those quintessential touristy activities you will enjoy!
For fun and quirky shopping, some good deals and negotiation sessions, Venice is your answer. Lined with quirky shops and boutiques, Venice also hosts the Abbot Kinney First Fridays: a free to attend event that supports local businesses. Pick up some unique and artsy home ware, clothing and more.
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Los Angeles Westside’s prominent shopping destination features the Apples, Victoria’s Secrets, Gaps and Nordstroms of the world. With the Pier at walking distance and plenty of good eateries and bars nearby, the Third Street Promenade is a good option for some strolling around and spontaneous shopping.
Those of you into high fashion, hip and trendy clothes will appreciate the urban boutiques of West Hollywood Design District in Melrose Avenue. Be sure to stop by Fred Segal and the famed consignment shop Decades Inc that features vintage couture.
Welcome back to the celebrity-spotting list! West Hollywood’s Robertson Blvd is a celebrity frequented area and home to boutique stores and high-end retail giants. Linger on to try out some of the many popular restaurants here, including The Ivy, which is again a celebrity favorite.
For The Art Lover
Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile, once known for its Art Deco is now popular for the Museum Row. Hit up Miracle Mile on Wilshire Blvd or Art District, Downtown L.A., for your art gallery and museum doze. Here are some of our top picks:
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
The conference room at Kayne Griffin Corcoran features a James Turrell Skyspace. Contemporary art lovers will love everything about this innovative art gallery and exhibition space that hosts major artists like James Turrell, David Lynch and Daniel Knorr.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This world-class attraction features more than 128,000 works of art from King Tut to Vincent Van Gogh to David Hockney. Good luck finding your way through it all though!
Norton Simon Museum
Previously, Pasadena Art Museum, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is a beautiful oasis surrounded by lush gardens featuring noted works of art including Raphael’s Madonna and Child with Book (1502-03), Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of a Boy (1655-60), Vincent Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree (1889) and Pablo Picasso’s Woman with a Book (1932).
Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Ideally, you shouldn’t rush this place because it has so much to offer! The library which is open only to researchers holds more than 6M items including a Gutenberg Bible and the Arts Collection is equally noteworthy. But if all you have is one day for the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, then look up where you want to be and hit those places - our preference is their vast, 207 acres of botanical gardens which even includes the century old Desert Garden.
Also check out L.A. art walks in the off-beat attractions section.
For The Tinsel Town Traveler
Clicking selfies with ‘stars’ and celebrity spotting apart, Los Angeles has many ways to get in touch with your movie/tv buff side. Book a studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood or choose from the many rides in the theme park including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Or get the red-carpet treatment by choosing their VIP experience.
The Warner Bros. studios also has similar exciting tours and experiences for their fans. The studio offers guided tours that take you through the sets of currently running TV shows. Also on display are props used in the Harry Potter and Batman movies and ‘Central Perk’ from the sets of the TV show, Friends.
For The Free Spirited / Off-beat / Photography and Nature Enthusiast
We think the Storybook Houses of Los Angeles are an interesting bit of off-beat architecture. And there’s more:
Los Angeles has plenty of organized art walks that you can take part in to celebrate art, street artists, music, food trucks and just have a blast! The Downtown L.A. art walk is a seriously art focused walk held the second Thursday of every month where participants can visit gallery openings and take tours. For people looking for to embrace the free-spirited, street art kind of walk, the Venice Art Crawl hosted quarterly on third Thursdays, that celebrates the colorful neighborhood’s ultra creative independent artists is perfect.
Like we said before, Los Angeles is blessed - to have amazing climate, beautiful beaches, great restaurants, for Hollywood and to have some of the most good looking drives in the world (thank you Pacific Coast). You can happily drive through rows of palm trees or gape at the sharp bends falling off into secluded beaches along the coast. Our favorites include
- Mulholland Drive - a must do for anyone with a car in Los Angeles, whether you’re a fan of the cult movie or not. 55 miles of beautiful scenic views and some exclusive homes make for a thoroughly scenic drive.
- The Pacific Coast High (or PCH or Highway 1) that stretches from Santa Monica along the edge of California passing Getty Centre and beautiful Malibu until Point Mugu.
- Palos Verdes Drive that lies just outside of the city limits.
Rest assured, you will be wowed.
Hikes and Parks
Franklin Canyon Park and Runyon Canyon are great options to escape for some quiet in the nature. Runyon Canyon has an off-leash policy and is also frequented by hiking celebrities.