In a city as big and bursting at the seams as Los Angeles it can be hard to separate what is wack from what is actually worth seeing. My ‘actually worth seeing’ travelstoke® list draws from well known tourist attractions and lesser known POI’s alike. These are a few spots that I might take a friend visiting Los Angeles who wants a to experience both LA the icons and hidden local hangs.
1. Venice Skate Park
Venice Skate ParkLos Angeles, United StatesKeep your camera ready at the Venice Beach Skate Park. In the heart of the Venice Beach boardwalk scene, the skate park is a welcome distraction on the way to the sand. There is always of talented and not-so-talented skaters trying for some trick. #venicebeach #skatepark
2. Art district wall
Art district wallLos Angeles, United StatesOn your way to Angel City Brewery wander the sidealks of the Arts District and admire some of the coolest street art in Los Angeles. The quality of creativity on display is incredible and there is plenty of food and drink everywhere. This shiz is Instagram gold! #art #streetart #free
3. The Echo
The EchoLos Angeles, United StatesThis rad little Echo Park venue is a good place to catch up and coming bands, drink overpriced PBR and generally have a good time. Plenty of taco trucks in the area to take care of any post show munchies… #livemusic #echopark
Pacific Cinerama DomeLos Angeles, United StatesAn amazing movie-going experience, easily one of the best theaters in LA…since the Cinerama isn’t exactly cheap, I save my visits for special occasions. Right next to the Archlight movie theater and parking options. #movietheater #hollywood
5. Route 66 “end of trail” sign
Route 66 ‘end of trail’ SignSanta Monica, United StatesOn the Santa Monica Pier is a sign making the western terminus of the famous cross country car route – Route 66. The sign is in the middle of touristville and there is nealy always someone snapping a selfie, but it really is a cool landmark harkening back to a bygone icon of Americana. #santamonica #beach #history
Griffith Park ObservatoryLos Angeles, United StatesClosed Mondays – this Art Deco astronomical observatory commands a sweeping view of Los Angeles and is situated at the center of a network of trails. Free to the public – go inside and check out the actually very awesome exhibits. #free #history #hiking
7. Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert HallLos Angeles, United StatesWith the head-turning uniqueness of the Frank Genry architecture, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a marvel to behold. One of the premiere music venues in Los Angeles the concert hall is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. #musicvenue #livemusic #architecture #dtla
8. Old Chinatown
Old ChinatownLos Angeles, United StatesOld China town is bordered by traditional paifang gates – a super photogenic icon of this historic dtla neighborhood. Old Chinatown is great for people watching, grabbing a bite to eat (at nearby Golden Dragon, or my fave – Burgerlords!) and check out the old buildings. There is also a 7 foot statue of Bruce Lee, awesome!
#history #free #statue #souvenirs
9. Bronson Canyon-Griffith Park
Bronson Canyon-Griffith ParkLos Angeles, United StatesYou see that? That’s pretty much all of LA.
And my bike. Behind me is a huge view of the Hollywood sign. The best views, trails, wildlife viewing and sunset vistas are in Griffith Park. There are more hiking trails than you could possibly cover in one day, or one week for that matter. This is the LA you never knew existed. #hiking #park
10. Lake Hollywood Park
Lake Hollywood ParkLos Angeles, United StatesA little dog park between Griffith Park and the Hollywood Reservoir, just below the HOLLYWOOD sign, this patch of grass is super popular with locals and visitors alike. I like to come and play with other people’s dogs. #dogfriendly #park #hollywood