Los Angeles has more than its fair share of iconic Hollywood-related attractions. But there are plenty of things to see and do in L.A. above and beyond your typical silver-screen sights. From renowned museums to 75 miles of sunny coastline. Here are just a few different ways you can spend your time in and around Los Angeles.
See a show at the Hollywood Bowl
When bands come to town they yearn to play at this iconic 18,000-seat L.A. amphitheater. All the big names have played here at some point throughout the venue’s 80+-year history; some have even recorded live albums here. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic is also a breathtaking spot to catch the rock and pop icons of today and yesterday.
Explore Runyon Canyon
Located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, this 160-acre park offers a wide range of hiking trails. You don’t have to venture far from the city to take in the park’s incredible views of Los Angeles; and while it’s busy in the mornings, an afternoon hike in the park might be just what the doctor ordered.
Stroll down Santa Monica Pier
This iconic landmark is a must-see while visiting L.A. Featuring an amusement park, an historic carousel and a solar paneled Ferris wheel Santa Monica is one of L.A.’s most popular destinations. Complete the experience with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and enjoy observing over a 100 local marine species.
See the stars at the Griffith Observatory
Care to gaze at the stars? No, not those ones – the ones way up in the sky. The Griffin Observatory has long been a tourist favorite for its incomparable views of the heavens. Check out the wide array of exhibits before taking a peek at the universe and all it has to offer.