The Ultimate L.A. List

Venice Beach, California

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There’s no doubt about it, Los Angeles gets a whole lot of flak. I’ve been around the world and I’ve heard people praise California, but they always have to mention their one exception was L.A. Yes, it’s smoggy, sometimes slightly shallow, and there’s a lot of traffic and bad drivers. If you can get past all that though, there are an large amount of activities and sights to see around the city.

This list is to be saved and referenced for whenever you’re in the City of Angels next. Maybe you’ll have a massive layover in L.A. in the near future, or perhaps you’ll find yourself in the city one day and be lost for what to see besides Hollywood.

Keep in mind, I’ve never lived in L.A., but my sister went to school there and while I was living in San Diego I made many visits to her in La La Land.

Los Angeles, California

To get you brainstorming and excited for your next trip to Los Angeles, I present to you a list of 105 things to do in L.A. Enjoy your time with the stars!

105 Things to do in Los Angeles, California


1. Universal Studios Hollywood

2. Hollywood Walk of Fame  + TCL Chinese Theatre

3. Getty Center

4. Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk

5. Bradbury Building

6. Vasquez Rocks

7. Exposition Park

8. Beverly Hills

9. Walt Disney Concert Hall

10. Madame Tussauds Hollywood

11. Dolby Theatre

12. Universal CityWalk

13. Santa Monica Pier

14. The Grove

15. Watts Tower

16. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

17. Will Rogers State Historic Park

18. Korean Bell of Friendship

19. Little Tokyo

20. Sunset Boulevard

21. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

22. Eames House

23. El Pueblo de Los Angeles

24. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

25. Temescal Gateway Park

26. Hollywood sign

Hollywood Sign, California

27. The Japanese Garden

28. Warner Bros. Studio

29. Egasse-Braasch House

30. Janis Joplin’s Hotel Room

31. Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

32. Screen Novelties

33. Hollywood Tower Apartments

34. Mosaic Tile House

35. Necromance

36. Hollywood Forever Cemetery + Evergreen Cemetery

37. The Last Bookstore

38. Elliot Smith’s Tribute Wall

39. Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles

40. John Sowden House

41. California Institute of Abnormal Arts

42. Disneyland (in Anaheim, but close enough!)

Disneyland Mat Hatter - California

43. Muscle Beach

44. The Silent Movie Theatre

45. Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

46. Phantasma Gloria

47. The original In-N-Out

In 'N Out - California

48. Dapper Cadaver

49. LA Observation Deck (at the top of LA City Hall)

50. Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

51. Velaslavasay Panorama

52. Charlie Brown Farms (just north of L.A. but worth seeing)

53. Wayfarers Chapel

54. Time Travel Mart

55. Great Wall of LA

56. Wacko Soap Shop

57. Murphy’s Ranch

58. Electric Dusk Drive-In

Venice Beach, California


59. California Science Center

60. The Nethercutt Collection

61. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

62. Natural History Museum

63. The Grammy Museum

64. The Hollywood Museum

65. Japanese American National Museum

66. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

67. Museum of Tolerance

68. Museum of Death

69.  Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

70. The Museum of Contemporary Art

71. Holyland Exhibition

72. Bunny Museum

73. Museum of Jurassic Technology

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California


74. Hike through Griffith Park at Sunset

75. See a baseball game at Dodger’s Stadium

76. Midnight showing of The Room at Regent Theatre

77. Hike at Runyon Canyon Park

78. See a show at The Viper Room

79. See a show at the Hollywood Bowl

80. The Venice Canals Walkway

81. Find an all-you-can-eat Korean restaurant in Korea Town and dig in!

82. Rent paddle boats at Echo Park

83. Bob Baker Marionette Theater

84. Malibu Wine Safari

85. Shipwreck Hike

86. Tour L.A.’s Stotrybook Houses

87. Drive the Angeles Crest Highway

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California


88. Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes - Los Angeles

89. Pig ‘n Whistle

90. Animal

91. Idle Hour

92. Pink’s Hot Dogs

93. Tiki-Ti

94. No Vacancy

95. Wurstkuche

96. Jumbo’s Clown Room

97. Ink

98. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House #3


99. Eagle Rock Brewery

100. Angel City Brewery

101. Bonaventure Brewing Co.

102. Monkish Brewing Co.

103. The Dude’s Brewing Co.

104. Strand Brewing Co.

105. Golden Road Brewing

The aspect I love about Los Angeles is that there’s always something new to do each time I visit. It’s a city to explore, not only for the famous sites, but also for those quirky and unique places that exist all over the city.

I may not like driving in the city and I may never move there, but it would be wrong to say that Los Angeles is overrated. It’s a sprawling metropolis that has a little something for everyone.


Hollywood Walk of Fame - Los Angeles

Have you been to Los Angeles? Is there anything you would add to the list? How many spots have you been to?


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    1. I think that’s the great thing about L.A. though, there’s always something to do! Even if you’ve liver there for ages. This is as much a list for myself too when I come back to visit, goals for 2016 to be sure.

  1. Great list! I lived in LA and hated living there, but it is a fun place to visit since you don’t have to deal with the traffic every single day 🙂 Lots of great food & wine to be enjoyed, and Griffith Park is awesome. I’ll have to check out some of the breweries you’ve listed here the next time I visit. And you’re right: there is always something new & exciting in LA!

    1. Thanks Marlynn! I would have to agree with you, I love visiting L.A. but I’m not sure if I would live there myself. The foodie & wine scene is something I haven’t checked out so much in the city yet, I’ll have to make that a priority next time I’m in town.

  2. This is such a great guide! Going back to LA in January so definitely taking this list along with me. Already planning on Hollywood Forever and the Getty Villa.

    1. Thanks Chelsea! Yay, hopefully you’ll be able to get some unique ideas on what to do with your time in the city. Hollywood Forever & Getty Villa are great places to start with!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I remembered it to be with the shallow mentality last time I was there. Perhaps I just hung out in the right places though!

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