Wondering what to do in LA? Los Angeles offers endless options for memorable experiences for visitors and locals alike. Whether it’s visiting a quiet museum, or attending a boisterous ball game, there are always things to do, interesting attractions and exciting events taking place throughout LA. Read on for ten iconic activities that you must do when you’re in Los Angeles.
SLIDE INTO THE SKY – OUE SKYSPACE LA
Opened in June 2016, OUE Skyspace LA is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and a must-see destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Located nearly 1,000 feet above the city at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown L.A., OUE Skyspace LA honors the culture, community and people that make Los Angeles unlike any city in the world. The highlight of OUE Skyspace LA is Skyslide, a first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide that’s attached to the exterior of the U.S. Bank Tower. The Skyslide is 45 feet long, about four feet wide and made entirely with 1.25-inch glass. Visitors can glide from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower and see Los Angeles in a way that few will ever experience. The two observation decks and 360-degree views of Los Angeles are just the beginning. From interactive and educational components to the spectacular design and the signature thrill experience of Skyslide, OUE Skyspace LA truly offers something for everyone.
633 WEST FIFTH STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90071
SEE VAN GOGH’S “IRISES” – GETTY CENTER
Los Angeles museums house some of the world’s most renowned art collections. Throughout the city, you can discover masterpieces like Vincent van Gogh’s Irises, one of the most expensive paintings in history and currently on view at the Getty Center in Brentwood.
1200 GETTY CENTER DR. LOS ANGELES, CA 90049
TAKE THE STUDIO TOUR – UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, and for film fans, the ultimate experience is a behind-the-scenes studio tour. At Universal Studios Hollywood, the Studio Tour is perhaps its most legendary attraction – and its original one, having debuted in 1915, not long after the theme park opened. Narrated by Jimmy Fallon, the Studio Tour offers guests the chance to explore the working backlot of a real Hollywood movie studio. The tour includes Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s heart-pounding King Kong 360 3D, the world’s largest 3D experience.
100 UNIVERSAL CITY PLAZA UNIVERSAL CITY, CA 91608
ENJOY THE LA PHIL – WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Located on Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, the magnificent venue has received worldwide critical acclaim and praise from concertgoers for its stunning architecture and extraordinary sound. Attend a concert by the acclaimed LA Phil and experience classical music as it was meant to be heard.
111 S. GRAND AVE. LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
SEE HOLLYWOOD IN A WHOLE NEW WAY – RUNYON CANYON
For a different view of Hollywood, head to Runyon Canyon Park, one of the most popular hiking areas in L.A. Located just two blocks from bustling Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon is well-known for its frequent celebrity sightings and a 90-acre off-leash dog park. Head back down the hill to the heart of Hollywood, where you can enjoy popular attractions like the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Highland, and the Hollywood Museum.
2000 N FULLER LOS ANGELES, CA 90046
RIDE THE FERRIS WHEEL – SANTA MONICA PIER
From Malibu to the South Bay, Los Angeles is home to some of the best beaches in Southern California. For a quintessential endless summer experience, a visit to the two-mile-long Santa Monica Beach is a must. Opened in 1909, the historic Santa Monica Pier is a popular destination for the entire family, home to the Pacific Park amusement park, Heal the Bay Aquarium, and a 1922 Carousel that was featured in The Sting. Don’t miss a ride on the world’s only solar powered Ferris Wheel, where you can enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the coast.
200 SANTA MONICA PIER SANTA MONICA, CA 90401
CRUISE THE SUNSET STRIP – WHISKY A GO GO
Angelenos are famous for their love of the automobile, whether it’s on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum or behind the wheel along a scenic drive. From the canyons above the city to unforgettable coastal views, there’s nothing like sightseeing in a car. One of L.A.’s most famous stretches of road is the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, home to music venues such as the historic Whisky A Go Go and acclaimed restaurants like The Eveleigh.
8901 SUNSET BLVD WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
CATCH A GAME – DODGER STADIUM
Los Angeles is truly a city of champions, from the “Showtime”-era Lakers to the Kings, Galaxy, and the numerous NCAA championships claimed by USC and UCLA. For baseball fans, it doesn’t get any better than catching a game at Dodger Stadium, one of the great cathedrals of major league baseball and one of L.A.’s most popular Instagram locations. Since opening its gates in 1962, the storied ballpark has hosted eight World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships.
1000 VIN SCULLY AVE. LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
DISCOVER A HIDDEN GEM – THE GAMBLE HOUSE
From Downtown to the beach cities, Los Angeles is filled with world-famous landmarks and attractions. But if you look closer, there are hidden gems throughout the city waiting to be discovered, like the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. Built in 1908-09, this National Historic Landmark is a Craftsman-style masterpiece with a stunning interior, made with multiple grains of wood with eye-catching textures, colors and grains, and custom furniture.
4 WESTMORELAND PLACE PASADENA, CA 91103
SHOP TIL YOU DROP – RODEO DRIVE
Shopaholics will think they’ve died and gone to heaven upon arriving in L.A. Whether it’s popular shopping centers like The Grove or Santa Monica Place, bargains galore at the Citadel Outlets, or unique shops in hip neighborhoods like Highland Park, something is sure to catch your eye. For the ultimate window shopping, take a stroll on world-famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the epitome of luxury and style.
200-400 N. RODEO DR. BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210