If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, you most likely know you’re in for a unique experience unlike any other city has to offer. With so many things to do from checking out the beach and strolling Sunset Boulevard to grabbing a bite to eat from a renowned chef’s restaurant, the options are endless. We’re too cool to just recommend the tourist attractions during your visit, so we’ve put together the coolest, not to be missed, things to do in Los Angeles, making this an unforgettable experience in the City of Angels.
- Go to Trapeze School
- Watch a Classic Flick in a Graveyard
- Visit the Downtown Arts District
- Get into the Culture On Olvera Street
- Shop Vintage Looks
- Karaoke After Midnight
- Horseback Your Way to the Hollywood Sign
- Find a Hidden Bar
- Grab a Bite and Take In The Views At Neptune’s Net
- Go Antiquing At Rose Bowl Flea Market
Down at the Santa Monica pier you can experience the thrills of soaring through the salty air. Trapeze School New York offers two-hour classes and several workshops that get you on the ropes and maneuvering like a trapeze pro! They offer several classes throughout the day, including private classes, all starting around $60 per person.
Grab tickets to an old classic or pop culture film and watch it in Hollywood’s oldest graveyard, Hollywood Forever. Here you can BYO chair, blanket, wine, and picnic as you enjoy a movie with others outdoors. This makes a perfect date night spot!
The street art, murals, and one-of-a-kind shops in the downtown Arts District of L.A. are definitely a must-see while visiting. If you’re feeling up for a little adventure check out Discover Los Angeles visual walking tour where they pinpoint some of the best places to check out in the district like Poketo, Art Share L.A., and Villians Tavern.
In the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find Olvera Street. Olvera Street is known as the birthplace of Los Angeles and its Mexican culture is something to behold! Grab a bite from one of the many authentic Mexican restaurants, tour the historic buildings and homes, or grab a souvenir from a local’s shop. If you really want to have a cultural experience, visit during Dia De Los Muertos!
There is no shortage of style and fashion when you’re in L.A.! For the fashion influencers and trendsetters of the world, Los Angeles is one of the BEST places for vintage finds. Here are a few must-stop vintage stores in L.A.:
- Scout | 8021 Melrose Ave
- The Way We Wore | 334 South La Brea Ave
- Wasteland | 7428 Melrose Ave
- Lemon Frog Shop Vintage Bazaar | 1202 N Alvarado St
For even more shopping recommendations, check out all the great shops at The Grove!
If you want your fun to keep going all night long, head over to Koreatown for some late-night…er into the early morning karaoke! Some clubs to check out are Pharaoh Karaoke Lounge, Star Night, and Brass Monkey.
Now if you are going to do something touristy, like see the famous Hollywood sign, you might as well do it with a little twist, on horseback! Sunset Ranch Hollywood offers horseback tours of Hollywood that offer some of the most amazing views you’ve ever seen. They offer multiple tours and packages starting at $50 per person.
8 | Find a Hidden Bar
What’s better than being in on a secret no one else knows about? The hidden bars around Los Angeles are one of the coolest things to experience while here. We have the recommendations on where to go, but it’s up to you to figure out how to get in! Check out No Name, The Edison, Lock & Key, and R Bar.
This shabby little restaurant isn’t a looker but it offers up the best seafood nosh and incredible views on the coast. Grab one of their savory seafood baskets like the classic Fish & Chips or try one of their fried combos. Neptune’s Net is definitely worth the drive to Malibu, make it even more exciting by renting a motorcycle and enjoying a coastal ride!
Looking for other fun restaurants in Los Angeles? We’ve got our top picks to dine at that are sure to leave you with a memorable experience.
The second Sunday of every month you can shop to your heart’s content at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. With over 2,500 vendors you can get lost in a sea of antiques and unusual finds. The early bird gets the discounted admission of $18 per person (7-8 AM) or grab a VIP admission and preview all the vendors before the ground for $25 per person (5-7 AM).
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