60 Best Things To Do In Los Angeles California

Things To Do In Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city of endless possibilities. Whether you’re looking to catch a show at the Pantages Theatre or explore the depths of Union Station, this city has everything you could ever want.

  1. The Getty Center

The Getty Center is a museum and gardens in Los Angeles, California. The center is located on a hilltop at the edge of the Sepulveda Pass in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s surrounded by parkland and views of the San Fernando Valley to its north, east, and west; Brentwood and Westwood are directly below it.

The center was designed by Richard Meier & Partners along with an award-winning team of architects, artists, planners, engineers, and scientists.

The building opened to the public on December 16th, 1997 after seven years of construction at a cost exceeding 1 billion dollars making it one of America’s most expensive buildings ever built – which is reflected in its architecture as well as its location on top of an old oil field.

  1. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory, located in Griffith Park, is a popular tourist attraction in Los Angeles. The observatory offers educational programs and events for visitors of all ages to learn about astronomy and other scientific topics.

The observatory’s main building houses two theaters: one showing planetarium shows and another providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding area from telescopes on the roof. You can also see exhibits about space exploration, meet astronomers at public events, or schedule an appointment for a private tour. If you’re visiting during winter months only, don’t miss out on their popular Winter Star Party where local stargazers gather under clear skies after sunset every Friday night through February 2019!

  1. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is home to the world’s largest studio tour, and it’s easy to see why. The park contains some of the most famous rides in the world, including Jurassic Park River Adventure and Back to the Future: The Ride. In addition, it has King Kong 360 3-D and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem which are both must-sees for kids of all ages!

If you’re looking for something more than just amusement parks, then check out Universal CityWalk. This outdoor entertainment complex is home to dozens of restaurants (from high-end steak houses like Nobu Restaurant & Bar), bars (including Pat O’Brien’s Rum Bar), and nightclubs (like Redline).

  1. Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum is the place to go if you’re a car enthusiast—or at least if you have an appreciation for beautiful automobiles. The museum’s collection is comprised of over 300 cars, and it’s one of the largest in the country. It’s also one of the most diverse collections: it includes everything from classic American muscle cars like Mustangs and Corvettes to European sports cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

If you love cars, this is an absolute must-see on your trip to Los Angeles (or anywhere else). Admission is free, so there’s no reason not to check out what they’ve got going on there!

  1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area within Universal Studios Hollywood that opened in 2016 and includes shops, restaurants, and attractions based on the Harry Potter series.
  • It is based on Hogsmeade Village from the Harry Potter novels and films and contains elements from both the book series’ fictional setting of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as its film adaptation’s depiction of London’s Diagon Alley shopping district.
  1. Battleship USS Iowa Museum
  • Location: 2600 South Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 10-4, Sunday 10-3
  • Admission fee: $14 for adults, $13 for seniors (over 65), and $10 for active military and veterans with ID. Children 3 and under are free.
  • Phone number: 310-519-1494

This is a great place to go if you like learning about history! It has tons of things to see and do such as going on the ship’s deck or exploring the inside rooms that were once used by the crew. Another cool thing is that they have an actual World War II veteran who served aboard this ship back in 1943 when it was in service! He’ll tell you all about his experiences during those times so make sure you ask him some questions before leaving this awesome museum!!

  1. The Broad

Address: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM-6 PM (Closed Mondays)

Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $18 for students, and children under 12 are free. Free on Thursdays 5 PM-8 PM except during special events.

Phone number: (310) 443-7000

Website: https://thebroadmuseum.org/about/tours/

  1. Staples Center

Staples Center is an indoor arena in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Kings. The Staples Center is one of the most popular areas in the world, hosting over 140 event days per year with more than 18 million attendees each year. With a capacity of over 21 thousand people, it’s also one of the largest venues in California with 42 luxury suites and two restaurants (McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant and Social House).

Staples Center has been host to many high-profile sporting events throughout its history including NBA Finals games as well as concerts by some of music’s biggest stars like Beyoncé, U2, Jay-Z, and Britney Spears among others!

  1. Griffith Park

Located in the foothills of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is the biggest municipal park in the United States. It’s home to a variety of wildlife, including coyotes and deer. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these animals, be sure to take a picture with them!

Griffith Park also has many hiking trails where you can see all kinds of plants and flowers that grow on Earth. In addition to its natural beauty, Griffith Park is home to both the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (a zoo with plants).

  1. The Grove

The Grove is a shopping center in Los Angeles, California that opened in 2002. The high-end outdoor mall features retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It has over 100 stores including Juicy Couture, Sephora, and Macy’s department store. It also features an amphitheater where concerts are held throughout the year and a Christmas Tree the size of an average house!

The Grove can be found at 665 North Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles CA 90036

  1. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
  • 5-5 stars | $14 – $20

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is a museum dedicated to the preservation of Earth’s history. It is located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California. The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall

Designed by Frank Gehry, this venue opened in 2003 and it has become one of the most iconic concert halls in America. The hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and other musical organizations. The acoustics are superb and there’s not a bad seat in the house!

  1. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the Earth’s natural history or are interested in seeing some of the world’s rarest species, this museum has it all. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located in Exposition Park and has over 30,000 specimens on display. In addition to its extensive collection of artifacts, the museum also features a planetarium and butterfly pavilion as well as an IMAX theater and zoo.

  1. Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park is an excellent place to hike, picnic, and enjoy nature. The park is located at the base of the Hollywood Hills and has many trails that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Runyon Canyon Park also has a dog park, an amphitheater, a waterfall, and even celebrity sightings!

Runyon Canyon Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day so make sure you get there before it closes!

  1. Venice Canals Walkway

The Venice Canals Walkway is a must-visit for any traveler to Los Angeles, California. Located in the heart of Venice Beach, this path takes you through miles of winding waterways and beautiful gardens.

The walkway can be accessed from several locations throughout Venice Beach or Santa Monica, but a great starting point is at Washington Boulevard and Main Street in Santa Monica. From there you can head west towards the ocean on Main Street until you reach Ocean Front Walk, which will take you north along the coast until it ends in Santa Monica. From there continue onto Windward Avenue (which becomes Palisades Park) where you’ll find entrances to numerous trails leading both north and south along the coast toward Pacific Ave., Abbot Kinney Blvd., Lincoln Blvd., 7th St., and Ocean Front Walk again!

  1. The Nethercutt Collection

The Nethercutt Collection is a car museum in Sylmar, California. The museum is open to the public and has many exhibits of rare and exotic cars. The Nethercutt Estate is an exquisite example of Spanish architecture that was built in 1928 by James Graham Brown. It’s the perfect place for this impressive collection of vehicles because it boasts 23 acres, surrounded by thousands of trees, gardens, and fountains.

The Nethercutt Collection houses a collection of more than 250 rare and exotic automobiles including the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe; Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS; Lamborghini Countach LP 400; Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe; Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe (1927); Alfa Romeo Montreal SS Spider Race Car (1972).

  1. Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium is the home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and was built in 1962. Dodger Stadium has a seating capacity of 56,000 people. The stadium is located in Chavez Ravine at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012. Dodger Stadium is one of the most famous stadiums in the world and has been featured numerous times in films including Bull Durham, A League Of Their Own (1992) starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis; Moneyball(2011) starring Brad Pitt; 42 with Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey; Billy Crystal as Fernando Valenzuela; The Simpsons Movie (2007); Back To The Future Part III (1990); I Love You Phillip Morris(2009).

The Dodgers moved to this location from its previous home at Sportsman’s Park after owner Walter O’Malley had passed away unexpectedly at age 74 on January 12th 1959 leaving his son Peter O’Malley who inherited control over both teams but due to poor attendance numbers during his tenure decided he wanted to move back into town where there was more excitement around sports teams which led him towards moving both franchises together so they could share resources such as ticket sales etcetera just like what happened when Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown combined his basketball team with Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey’s baseball team back in 1949 when they all moved into Fenway Park together until Yawkey sold out because he wasn’t making enough money off those two teams combined during that time period because they weren’t winning any championships yet still had high ticket prices due mostly because they were still charging admission fee’s even though most fans wouldn’t have come anyways so he  decided it would be better off keeping only one team rather than losing money every year trying  to make up costs associated with running two different sports programs at once so eventually sold them off separately again!

  1. Union Station

Union Station is a Los Angeles landmark that is recognized as a major landmark of neo-gothic architecture. It’s the largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States and was designated as one of America’s most significant rail stations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The station has been featured in many movies and television shows, including The Terminator (1984), Speed (1994), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and Planet Earth II (2016).

  1. Hollywood Sign

Location: Hollywood Hills, California

The Hollywood Sign is a Los Angeles landmark. It’s also one of the most photographed places in LA. The sign was built in 1923 to promote a housing development called “Hollywoodland” and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND.” It was shortened to just “HOLLYWOOD” when it became a well-known symbol of the city and its film industry. Today, you can’t go to LA without seeing pictures of the sign all over social media.

The easiest way to get there is via bus or subway: take MTA Bus #2R from Western Avenue & Sunset Boulevard or MTA Bus #2/302 from Downtown Los Angeles (7th Street & Figueroa Street) and get off at Beachwood Drive/Toluca Lake Boulevard/Topanga Canyon Boulevard; walk up Topanga Canyon Blvd toward Lake View Terrace; turn right onto Cornell Road; make another right onto Chautauqua Blvd; continue straight through the intersection with Crystal Springs Drive until you reach Mount Lee Trail (about 1 mile). The hike isn’t difficult but if you don’t feel like going uphill for an hour after walking some distance already then take Lyft instead!

  1. Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building is a landmark building in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1893 and was designed by George Wyman in the Beaux-Arts style. The building was named after its owner, Lewis L. Bradbury, who commissioned architect George Wyman to design the building in the French Renaissance Revival style. The structure originally housed offices for the Bank of Italy (now JPMorgan Chase Bank), as well as a theatre on its second floor.

The staircases are particularly notable for their intricate ironwork; the central staircase features three separate flights with decorative wrought-iron railings that ascend between two massive bronze lanterns featuring artistic depictions of cherubs holding up globes (which were later stolen).

  1. Lake Hollywood Park

Lake Hollywood Park is a public park located in the Lake Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. It is located at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard and is part of the Griffith Park system. The park was opened by the city of Los Angeles on September 15, 1997, to celebrate its Centennial Celebration.

The park covers an area of 4 acres (1.6 ha), with an additional 3 acres (1.2 ha) being added later due to an increase in usage and popularity. The first phase cost USD 205 million while construction on Phase II began in July 2014 and cost around USD 20 million.[3]

  1. Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a place where you can eat, drink, shop, and play. It’s home to many restaurants, bars, and shops like Nike, Forever 21, and H&M. There is also a movie theater that shows first-run movies as well as live performances by famous actors/actresses such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!

It’s also the main access point for Universal Studios Hollywood which offers rides like The Simpsons Ride and Jurassic Park: The Ride (a roller coaster).

  1. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LOCATION: 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

HOURS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

The grand dame among L.A.’s art museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was founded in 1965 as an initiative from county supervisors to establish a new cultural institution in the area that would serve as a counterpart to the Getty Center for the Arts in Brentwood (which opened two years later). With an expansive collection that includes everything from European paintings by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Cezanne to contemporary works by Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol; it’s no surprise that LACMA attracts millions each year—the majority of whom come just for its collections’ permanent exhibitions like “Treasure,” which showcases 12th-century Asian ceramics; or “Under African Skies,” which displays artifacts excavated from Ethiopia’s ancient kingdom of Aksum dating back more than 1,700 years ago!

  1. Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a wax museum and tourist attraction located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was founded by Marie Tussaud and is the second-oldest of the chain’s international locations.

The original Madame Tussauds in London was opened by Marie Tussaud in 1835 as a waxworks exhibition. After a period of success, she left to join her husband in France. At the outbreak of World War II, Madame Tussaud’s moved from its central London location to Windsor Castle for safety reasons where it remained until the end of hostilities in 1945 before reopening at Baker Street with an exhibition entitled ‘Wax Bodies – The New Generation’ featuring live models artificially clad in wax attire.

  1. Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a popular shopping and dining destination in Venice, California. The street was the first commercial road in Venice, opened by Abbot Kinney in 1905. It’s named after him, and he’s known as the “father of modern Venice.”

Abbot Kinney Boulevard has many unique shops and restaurants along its span. Kappo Masa is an upscale Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar inside; it also serves traditional dishes like tempura vegetables or soba noodles with soy sauce. You can find some great deals at Savvy Shopper—they sell clothing from brands like Nike, Adidas and Levi’s at discounted prices! There are several other restaurants nearby including Sweet Rose Creamery (famous for its ice cream), Crema Cafe & Bar (known for its coffee drinks) and Gjelina Take Away (for lunch).

  1. Angels Flight Railway

The Angels Flight Railway is funicular in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is located at the intersection of Hill Street and Olive Street, north of 4th Street.

The railway was designed by Samuel D. Lelar, for owner John S. Mayo and Engineer Henry E. Huntington (who later built The Pacific Electric Railway). It opened on March 5, 1901, as “a novelty to attract tourists”. The railway was closed in 1911 due to safety concerns; it reopened in 1996 under new ownership but closed again after an accident in 2001. In 2010, it was purchased by American Tramcar Industries Incorporated[3] and reopened on February 12, 2010.[4] As with all structures in its vicinity dating from between 1887 and 1910,[5][6] Angels Flight has been designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument (No 11).[7]

  1. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA is the second-largest university in the United States, and it’s located on a scenic campus in Westwood. UCLA has more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

You can visit the J.D. Morgan Center for Sustainable Energy, where you can see solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal wells, and an air quality sensor network that measures pollution levels around campus. You can also tour the Bruins’ basketball arena named Pauley Pavilion (named after former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden). There are several museums and galleries on campus like The Fowler Museum of Cultural History which houses artifacts from all over the world; the Luskin School of Public Affairs; Hammer Museum; Gonda Building (also known as Royce Hall) which was originally built as a concert venue but now hosts many different events including lectures by prominent figures such as Ekhart Tolle who gave his first Los Angeles lecture there!

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a cemetery in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It opened on May 31, 1899, and is still in operation today. The famous people buried here include Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Cecil B. DeMille, and Tyrone Power.

  1. Citadel Outlets

Citadel Outlets is a destination shopping center in Los Angeles, California. It’s a great place to go if you want to shop for designer clothing, shoe,s and accessories at steep discounts. Citadel Outlets is located on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame right next to the 101 Freeway and within walking distance from Universal Studios Hollywood. The mall itself has over 140 stores including such high-end designers as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. You can also find many restaurants inside the mall like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, California Pizza Kitchen & Joe’s Crab Shack among others.

The best time of year to visit this mall would be during peak season between October through November because more sales are going on during this period than at any other time during the year. Also, make sure that if you need something specific from one of the stores inside Citadel Outlets that they don’t carry then make sure they have an online store so you can purchase it online instead (many times these stores do not have an online store).

  1. Pantages Theatre

The Pantages Theatre is an art deco movie palace located in Hollywood, California. Opening its doors in 1930, this historic venue has been a live performance venue since 1947 and remains so today.

  1. The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit museum dedicated to the history of the American motion picture. Before you let that turn you off, it’s not just another boring museum that has nothing more than dusty displays and old relics. It has interactive exhibits, props from movies and TV shows, life-size figures of famous actors who have passed away, and some cool memorabilia from famous stars like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. And did we mention they also have John Wayne’s stuff?

The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, and opened on October 1st, 2010 after 5 years of planning and construction work by founders Jeff Berg (former Chairman/CEO of ICM Partners) as well as Michael Counts who previously worked on projects such as Universal Studios Florida Theme Park before joining forces together with Berg back in 2007 when they decided to build this museum which now attracts over 100 thousand visitors each year according to their website stats (no wonder since I think everyone visiting LA wants to see where all those movies were filmed!).

  1. Los Angeles Central Library

The Los Angeles Central Library is the largest public library in the United States. Located in downtown Los Angeles, it was built between 1911 and 1926 by Arthur Brown Jr., with a Beaux-Arts exterior inspired by the Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève in Paris. The building has two main levels: an underground parking garage and a five-story main level above ground that houses bookshelves, reading rooms, and other facilities. Its impressive size—it covers over two acres of space—and elaborate details make it one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

The library holds more than 3 million books (the largest collection west of Chicago) along with numerous historical documents and artifacts such as letters written by Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart’s autograph album; there are more than 1 million volumes housed on microfilm at any given time due to space limitations inside the library itself.

  1. Olvera Street

Olvera Street is a historic district in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s the oldest public street in Los Angeles, and it was originally designed by the founder of Los Angeles, Antonio Maria Lugo. The plaza is also known as La Placita or Plaza de Los Angelos. In 1834, it became the birthplace of Los Angeles when Pio Pico had a brick kiln built there to make bricks for his adobe house on nearby Olvera Street.

Olvera Street is now home to many shops, restaurants, and attractions including El Mercado de Los Angeles (The Market), Old Plaza Church & Mission San Gabriel Arcángel (Old Plaza Church & Mission San Gabriel Arcángel), Albatross Art Studio & Gallery (Albatross Art Studio), Casa De Bandini Museum & Gardens (Casa De Bandini Museum), Guild Art Center (Guild Art Center) and others!

  1. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is a cemetery in Westwood Village, Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1908 by George Pierce and has been in operation for over 100 years.

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is home to many well-known celebrities, such as Natalie Wood and Roy Orbison. The park contains other notable gravesites as well: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Hard Townes; dancer Fred Astaire; journalist über-reporter Walter Winchell; baseball player Jackie Robinson; actress Marilyn Monroe (died of a drug overdose); actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (died at 88); producer Robert Evans (The Godfather) who was married multiple times including Linda Evans from The Big Valley TV series starring Lee Majors who also appeared on Dynasty but not as John Forsythe’s stepson Steven Carrington but rather his illegitimate son Jameson Kane!

  1. Dolby Theatre

The Dolby Theatre is a famous venue for the Academy Awards. Located in Hollywood, it was built in 2001 and has a seating capacity of 3,400. The theatre is owned by the Dolby family, who have donated many millions of dollars to causes related to film preservation.

  1. The Greek Theatre

The Greek Theatre is a popular venue for concerts and performances. It’s located in Griffith Park and has been in operation since 1929.

The Greek Theatre is open from May through September. Ticket prices vary depending on the type of show you’re attending, but general admission tickets can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per person. The venue has a capacity of about 5,900 people and features two main seating areas: Orchestra Hall and Lawn/General Admission Lawn.

Ticket holders should be aware that there are no restaurants inside or near The Greek Theatre grounds; however, there are several nearby establishments within walking distance (within a half-mile) that serve food and drinks:

  • Taverna Tony (1 mile away) http://www.taverntony.com/#!menu/c1tq5
  • Sushi & Sake Lounge (0 miles away) http://sushisaloungebeverlyhillsla.com/#!menu
  • Musso & Frank Grill Restaurant (2 miles away) 
  1. City Hall

This Los Angeles landmark is the seat of government for the city of Los Angeles. The building was designed by John Parkinson and Bertram Goodhue in an Italian Renaissance style, and it opened in 1928. Today, City Hall houses both the mayor’s office as well as other elected officials such as city council members. It also hosts public events like concerts and lectures throughout the year. For tourists who want to learn more about this historic building, there are free guided tours on Wednesdays at 11:00 am; reservations must be made online two weeks before your arrival date.

  1. Echo Park

Echo Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a long history. It is bounded by Elysian Park on the north, Glendale Boulevard on the east, the Hollywood Freeway on the south, and Sunset Boulevard on the west.

Echo Park was developed in 1858 as an independent town from which area residents could get downtown without walking through Elysian Park. The town was annexed by Los Angeles in 1899.

The neighborhood’s main street is Glendale Boulevard, which runs north-south through Echo Park’s center and intersects Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Junction Street via Masselin Place (now called Golden Gate Avenue). At this intersection are two of Echo Park’s three public parks: Children’s Recreation Center Playground and Memorial Rose Garden. The third public park is located across from St John Chrysostom Church (1715 W Temple St) at Alvarado Terrace/Nelson Mandela Parkway; this site contains a baseball diamond and basketball court as well as picnic tables next to an open space known locally as “the meadow”.

  1. Urban Light

Located in the LA County Museum of Art, Urban Light is a sculpture that was designed by artist Chris Burden. It consists of 202 antique cast iron street lights from various cities throughout California. There are also several newer street lamps incorporated into the design as well. The sculpture was originally installed in 2008 and has since become a favorite photo spot for tourists and locals alike.

What makes this piece so unique is how it captures such an iconic part of Los Angeles history without being too literal or even representing anything specific at all (it’s just some old street lights). It has been said that Urban Light is one of those pieces that remind us that art can be both beautiful and meaningful, even if it doesn’t have a deeper meaning behind it or tell any kind of story.

  1. Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is a district of Los Angeles, California that contains the city’s largest concentration of Japanese culture and history. Little Tokyo is home to many museums, cultural centers, shops, restaurants, and other businesses belonging to the Japanese diaspora living in America.

The area was once home to hundreds of acres of farmland before it became urbanized over time into what it is today. Many people visit Little Tokyo because they want to learn more about the history behind their community or simply enjoy its artsy vibe. If you’re interested in seeing what this historic district has to offer then here are some things we recommend doing:

  • Eat at one of its many restaurants
  • Walk around and shop at some local stores like Kinokuniya Bookstore which sells books imported from Japan
  • Go on a tour with one of our guides who can tell you all about where we came from
  1. Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center is a museum and cultural center in Los Angeles, California. It is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Brentwood, Los Angeles. It is one of the largest centers of Jewish culture in the world. The center’s mission statement reads: “to inspire people to explore their roots and heritage through art, music, film and theater programs that offer insight into contemporary issues affecting Jews worldwide”

  1. Hollywood Bowl Museum

It’s not just a museum; it’s an experience. The Hollywood Bowl Museum offers visitors a chance to explore the history of this iconic venue, as well as learn about some of its most memorable performances. It’s also one of the best places in Los Angeles to see incredible views and enjoy live music outdoors.

The Hollywood Bowl is one of America’s oldest outdoor performance centers, having been built in 1922 by philanthropist William Willets. Its name honors its location: just outside Hollywood, California on Mount Lee overlooking downtown L.A. In addition to being the home base for many famous musicians over its nearly 100-year history, the Bowl has also hosted famous people like Albert Einstein (who gave lectures there), Walt Disney (who performed at his concert), and President John F Kennedy during his 1961 inauguration speech just days after taking office following his Nov 1 election victory earlier that year when he defeated Richard Nixon who had won both Democratic Party primaries but lost out on receiving enough votes from delegates selected by states’ party officials during national conventions held earlier in 1960 when JFK announced his candidacy for president after being told he would lose reelection bid against incumbent Dwight Eisenhower if he didn’t try something else first).

  1. Autry Museum of the American West

As the world’s largest collection of art, artifacts, and specimens related to the American West, the Autry Museum of the American West has a little something for everyone. Located in Griffith Park and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, this museum is great for adults and kids alike.

The museum’s permanent collection includes over 20,000 objects such as Native American art and culture; cowboy and ranching life; wildlife; exploration; land development; transportation; architecture and design—and so much more! To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year they are also featuring special exhibits that include an exploration of how artists depicted California landscapes before Europeans arrived (through May 28) or an exhibit on horse racing in California which showcases photographs by Stephen Wilkes (through July 7). They also have a museum store where you can purchase your piece of history as well as delicious snacks at their cafe!

  1. San Antonio Winery

The San Antonio Winery is one of the most popular wineries in Los Angeles. The winery offers a wide variety of wine-tasting options and tours, including wine education classes and tours by appointment only. It also hosts weddings and special events for groups of up to 300 people. Be sure to check out its accommodations if you plan on spending the night!

Address: 1419 Springfield Avenue, Napa Valley, CA 94559

  1. Korean Bell of Friendship

The Korean Bell of Friendship is a gift from the people of South Korea to the people of Los Angeles. It was installed in 2008 in the plaza of the Wilshire Federal Building, near Koreatown (a neighborhood with a large Korean population). The bell weighs 7 tons and is made of bronze. The inscription on its face reads: “Presented by people from all walks of life in Korea to symbolize friendship between our two nations.”

  1. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

This cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and was completed in 2002. It is located in downtown Los Angeles, and it’s the largest cathedral in America. Built-in a modern style with materials like marble and glass, this popular tourist attraction offers free guided tours during certain hours every day—including a Spanish-language tour!

  1. Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park is a state park located in the Santa Monica Mountains, within Los Angeles County, California. It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park comprises approximately 10,000 acres (40 km2) of rugged terrain, steep canyons, and dense forests with some 400 miles (640 km) of trails.

It’s an important breeding area for large birds like hawks, owls, and eagles.

The park features two rivers that flow through it: Topanga Creek on its west flank and Bell Creek to its east flank; both originate from springs in nearby mountains before merging into one river at Chautauqua Meadow Park just south of Beachwood Canyon Road where they run off toward Santa Monica Bay at Point Dume near Malibu Pier & Breakwater as well as Pacific Ocean below Point Dume where you can see views from PCH Highway if you’re lucky enough not get stuck in traffic jams along Pacific Coast Highway due to ongoing construction projects further down south towards Ventura County line which has been happening since forever but now there seems an end coming soon.

  1. Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum

The Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum is located in Griffith Park. The museum is dedicated to the Bhagavad-gita, which is a 700-verse Hindu scripture. The diorama shows scenes from the Bhagavad-gita and makes it easy for visitors to understand and appreciate this important Indian text.

  1. Holocaust Museum LA

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is a museum that explores the meaning of the Holocaust. The museum is located in downtown Los Angeles, California, and was founded in 1985 by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, one of America’s leading scholars on the subject of the Holocaust. It was originally opened as part of The Skirball Cultural Center (The Skirball) which has since been renamed to include other historical collections relating to Jews and Judaism in general but still focuses on contemporary issues affecting these communities today; such as racism, intermarriage, assimilation and other topics related more broadly to humanity rather than solely Jewish history itself even though most visitors will come here specifically because they have some sort interest about what happened during World War II when it comes down specifically “Jewish” questions then this would be where many people look first before heading off elsewhere

  1. Venice Beach
  • Venice Beach is a beachside community in the city of Los Angeles, California.
  • It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and convention centers in the area.
  • It’s known for its skateboarding culture and surf culture.
  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a historical sidewalk that stretches along 15 blocks with over 2,600 stars. The stars are awarded by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which helps in making sure that only qualified individuals receive one. The first star was awarded to actress Joanne Woodward in 1960 and the most recent recipient was actor Tom Hanks who received his star on March 24, 2018.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame was started because of a radio broadcast called “Hollywood Hotel” back in 1950, where celebrity caricatures were placed into the sidewalk cement under 17 blocks at Vine Street from Gower Street to Yucca Street in Los Angeles. In 1958, after more conversation about their potential removal due to construction work being done on Hollywood Boulevard (the street itself), these caricatures were turned into permanent brass plaques embedded into concrete for each individual’s star which shows their name as well as their birth date and death date if applicable.*

  1. Will Rogers State Historic Park

Will Rogers State Historic Park is a California state park in the Santa Monica Mountains, in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California. The park includes Will Rogers State Historic Site, Top of the World, and Corral Canyon Road.

The land now occupied by Will Rogers State Historic Park was once part of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit—the Spanish name for what would become Malibu Creek State Park (now known as Topanga State Park). In 1944 that property was sold to Taylor Winship and Alfred W. Jones who created what became known as Paramount Ranch with western sets from their NBC TV series and movies like The Good Bad Man starring Will Rogers himself!

Nowadays it’s a popular filming location for big-budget blockbusters and independent films such as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Zombieland 2 (2020), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Men In Black International (2019), etc. One day you could visit this famous spot where your favorite movie scenes were shot too!

  1. Venice Skatepark

Venice Skatepark is the largest skate park in the world. It has a variety of obstacles including stairs, rails, and quarter pipes. There are also picnic tables and benches for spectators to enjoy watching skaters in action.

  1. Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is a street in Los Angeles, California. It has been featured prominently in many movies and TV shows, including the classic film Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson. The street is also home to some of L.A.’s best restaurants and clubs, as well as the Hollywood Sign.

Sunset Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the world, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do along this stretch (or “strip”) of land.

  1. Stahl House

Address: 2501 Glendower Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (323) 668-1424

Stahl House is a historic site that was built in 1925 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a private residence and no one can visit it but the homeowners. However, you can still enjoy the views of this house from afar as it stands just across from Griffith Park on Glendale Boulevard. This building is on the list of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments and was designated as such in December 2001 by then-mayor James Hahn after years of lobbying by residents who wanted to preserve this work of art for future generations to enjoy.

  1. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden are located in Griffith Park, which is a city park that also contains the historic Griffith Observatory. Since opening its doors in 1966, the zoo has grown to include over 1,000 animals representing over 200 species. The zoo has several different exhibits including an aquarium (which features sharks and rays), a butterfly garden, a children’s zoo, and a petting zoo. For those interested in seeing animals from Australia there is also an exhibit featuring kangaroos and koalas.

  1. Hollywood Hills

Hollywood Hills is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California.

The Hollywood Hills are part of the Santa Monica Mountains and comprise the southern portion of the Hollywood Hills Range.

They were formerly known as “Hollywoodland” and were once known for their tall summer homes.

  1. Hollyhock House

The Hollyhock House is a National Historic Landmark and was built in 1919. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for two sisters, Alice and Edith Jones. The building is an example of Wright’s “Japanese style” architecture, which he used to design several buildings in the early 1900s. The house has been restored to its original condition, with furnishings that were purchased at the time of construction. Tours are available every day except Mondays and Tuesdays (closed).

  1. El Pueblo de Los Angeles

El Pueblo de Los Angeles is home to the oldest part of L.A., and it’s where you’ll find Olvera Street, a popular shopping destination for tourists and local Angelenos alike. Around this area are many museums, restaurants, and shops that highlight Mexican culture. If you’re into architecture and history, El Pueblo has plenty of these things to offer as well.

The pueblo was originally founded in 1781 by 44 settlers from Spain who traveled via ship down from Mexico City until they reached the shoreline (which was then called Santa Monica). It’s now listed as one of America’s National Historic Monuments because there are so many historical buildings here—almost all of them were built between 1781 and 1834—including adobe houses that are still standing today!

  1. University of Southern California

Los Angeles is home to the University of Southern California (USC). It is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it opened on September 29th, 1883 as the “Southern Branch” of Throop University. USC’s history dates back to 1885 when Eugene V. Debs helped start an industrial school in his backyard. In 1891 this school became known as Throop College of Technology but later changed its name in 1907 after a donation from an alumnus named George Leland Stanford made it possible for them to purchase acreage near downtown LA where they built their current campus location at Vermont Avenue and Exposition Boulevard which still exists today as part of University Park Campus where you’ll find major attractions like Tommy Trojan statue (which stands tall on top his horse), Bovard Auditorium (which hosts concerts/events throughout the year), Doheny Memorial Library Building – home base for media services such as production labs where students can learn about video production techniques using high-end equipment such as cameras).


Los Angeles has a lot to offer, but with so many options it can be overwhelming to choose what to do. We hope this list helps you find some new things to try and enjoy your time there! 

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