Los Angeles is best known as the home of Hollywood, where many movies and TV shows are filmed and A-list celebrities live.
But there’s more to LA than just Tinsel Town. It’s also home to some beautiful beaches, great taco spots, Instagram-worthy museums, and cool vintage shops.
Suffice to say, it’s practically impossible to run out of things to do in Los Angeles.
To make your first visit less overwhelming, we’ve come up with a list of the best places to check out.
From chilling out at the beach to getting your high-brow culture fix at any one of the city’s many museums, to hitting up late night taco trucks, we’ve got you covered.
So, get your passport and US visa application ready! Here’s how to make the most out of your trip to the City of Angels.
Situated in Beverly Hills, the iconic Rodeo Drive is one of LA’s, if not the world’s, most famous streets.
The road boasts a number of high-end designer shops where you can rub elbows with the rich and the famous.
Pro-tip: If you’re on a tight budget, snap a selfie with the iconic Rodeo Drive sign. It’s free!
Cost: It may be free to trawl the street, but prepare to spend some big bucks if you’re going to shop in any of the luxury stores Rodeo is known for
Stretching 22 miles and winding through Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, and UCLA, the Sunset Strip is where you’ll find many of LA’s famous shops, bars, and hotels.
Check out the celebrity magnet the Chateau Marmont, the legendary music venue the Roxy Theater, and the stand-up comedy haven the Comedy Store.
Pro-tip: There’s no shortage of LA institutions on the Boulevard. You can spend the whole day walking the street and still not crack the surface. But make sure to cap off your day on the Strip at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, where Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe and Elton John once danced.
Cost: Unlike Rodeo Drive, you’ll be able to find more affordable shops in the area
The tar pits in Hancock Park have been there for thousands of years, with many of the fossils found in the pits dating back up to 20,000 years.
It’s an impressive sight to see and one that you shouldn’t miss.
Pro-tip: Scared you’ll fall into the pits and end up like another fossilized mammal? Don’t worry, the pits are fenced. You’ll also see active dig sites and real archeologists at work. Contrary to what some people might think, they’re not actors.
Cost: Free if you just want to look at the tar pits, but $15 for admission into the museum.
You can’t go to LA without having a street side taco from one of the many taco trucks that ply the city. They’ve been feeding the hungry masses for years.
Go sample one on your way back to your hotel after a late night out with friends.
Pro-tip: According to locals, the best three trucks are Tacos Leo, Guerrilla Tacos, and Mariscos Jalisco.
Cost: Prepare to spend anywhere from $1 (per taco) to $5 (for burritos)
Thanks to the city’s high Korean population, LA’s become a place where you can get some of the best Korean food that side of the Pacific.
Pro-tip: You can’t go wrong with Mapo Galbi, Soban Restaurant, and Jun Won Restaurant.
Cost: $15-$20 per meal
The epicenter of the LA food scene, Grand Central Market has been around since 1917. With all the food options packed into the space, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
From pastrami sandwiches to Filipino fusion, to the best egg sandwiches you’ll ever try, GCM is a dizzying labyrinth of culinary treats and we won’t judge you if you spend the whole day there.
Pro-tip: Eggslut for premium breakfast sandwiches, Sari-sari Store for a taste of home, and Kismet Falafel for some Middle Eastern goodness.
You can’t leave without visiting the West Coast darling and contender for some of the best burgers ever: In-N-Out Burger.
They treat their ingredients right, making everything fresh and never freezing their meat.
Pro-tip: Animal Style is the only way to order.
Cost: As low as $2.10 (for a regular hamburger) and as high as $3.45 for a double-double
Arguably LA’s best museum, LACMA houses over 100,000 art works that range from the ancient to the contemporary.
In addition to the bevy of art that can be found inside, artist Chris Burden’s striking and highly Instagrammable installation “Urban Light” can be found fronting the building.
Pro-tip: If you’re in town on the second Tuesday of the month, that’s when you should plan to visit. That’s when the LACMA offers free admission to its permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions.
Cost: $25 for adults, $21 for students with IDs, and free for kids and teens aged 3-17
Apart from the fantastic contemporary works of art it houses, the Broad’s building is a feat of architecture, featuring a porous facade that allows light to stream into its galleries and illuminate the art.
Cost: GA admission is free, though some exhibitions carry an entrance fee. It’s best to book those online
Venice Beach is famous for its mile and a half boardwalk where people watching has become a sport.
On any given day, you’ll find a slew of interesting characters on the boardwalk, from street performers and food vendors to muscled bodybuilders and skateboarders.
Like the rest of LA, there’s no shortage of things and people to see.
Pro-tip: Make sure you’ve got plenty of one dollar bills to tip the street performers on the boardwalk. They’ll appreciate it.
Features a three-mile coastline, walking and biking paths, and stunning mountain views.
There’s also the famous pier that’s adjacent to the beach where you can get snacks, take a ride on the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park, or play games at the video arcade.
Pro-tip: Opened in 1946, the iconic Hotdog on a Stick still stands on the Pier today. Grab a hotdog or funnel fries and people-watch the afternoon away.
Cost: Rides and games at the Pier range from $5 to $10
Hope this list of things to do in LA got you excited for your trip. And book your flight on Traveloka!
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