Los Angeles. The City of Angels. Also known as, La La Land. If you’re looking for things to do in Los Angeles use this as your guide! LA is the city where the sun shines more than 300 days out of the year and there’s a high probability of running into a celebrity. There are a lot of unique and beautiful corners of Los Angeles and below I’m going to outline all of them for you in the “16 of The Best Photo Spots + Things to Do in Los Angeles”.
Did you know over 38 movies were filmed at the Griffith Observatory? Arguably the most famous ones being “Rebel Without a Cause” and one of my personal favorites – “La La Land”. The Griffith Observatory has an extensive array of space and science displays but all anyone really cares about is that VIEW! It looks over all of Los Angeles and the iconic Hollywood sign.
PRO TIP: Sunset views from here are amazing but everyone and their mother will be there. If you want a better experience, get there for sunrise!
FUN FACT: more people have looked through the Griffith Observatory telescope than any in the world.
Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
High class at its finest! Rodeo Drive is arguably the most iconic street in America. There are quite a few spots that are great for taking photos on Rodeo Drive. I particularly love the charming street towards the end of Rodeo (pictured above) and the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Pretty Woman was filmed.
Address: Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel is old school Hollywood glam at it’s prime. Not to mention the beautiful pink and green decor that is SO ON TREND right now. This place is high class and with that comes a hefty price tag if you want to stay here. However, you can always park your car down the street, walk into the entrance, and snap a few pics. At least that’s what we did!
Address: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles
There is a little something for everyone at the Santa Monica Pier – rides, games, delicious fried food, and photo angles that will really make your pictures pop. My favorite spot on the pier to take photos has to be Pier Burger. As you can see pictured above, it’s pretty photogenic. Be sure not to miss a ride on the Ferris Wheel for a birds-eye view of Santa Monica beach!
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cute store-fronts GALORE! Melrose place is known for high-end shops and their exteriors sure don’t disappoint. My favorites were Loveshack Fancy, Isabel Marant, and Balmain Paris. Along with that, you can check out Alfred Coffee for one of the best spots to get your cup of joe in Los Angeles.
Address: Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA, 90069
The Malibu Pier is the perfect spot to check out for a bite to eat or a relaxing spot by the ocean. To the right of the pier is the cutest store that has this bench and pink and white umbrellas. Not only that, but you’ll need to check out Malibu Farm for the best brunch and delicious smoothies!
Address: 23000 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
Urban Light exhibit at LACMA
This beautiful exhibit made up of 202 vintage lamps from the 1920s and ’30s is absolutely one of the most Instagrammable spots in LA! The best part about it is you can go day or night and the pictures will be incredible. The lights go on every day at dusk and turn off every day at dawn so they are on all night if you’re up for the no-people challenge.
TIP: You don’t have to pay to see the exhibit but parking around the area is a bit congested and you will most likely have to pay for a meter.
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Venice Beach + Venice Canals
Easily one of my favorite locations of Los Angeles is Venice. When you walk through the Venice canals you don’t feel like you’re in Los Angeles at all. It’s so quiet and serene and the homes are so charming. Whenever I visit there are very few people around and it’s nice to get lost within the little streets and bridges.
Along with that, Venice beach is one of the most famous beaches in America with its never-ending street performers. It attracts all kinds of people and is a great place to immerse yourself in the Los Angeles culture for a day.
Address: Venice Canal District, CA 90292
Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
If you’re looking for a quintessential palm tree-lined street in Los Angeles, look no further and head to Canon Drive. Located in Beverly Hills this street is perfect for capturing your California shots. The cross streets are Canon Drive and Carmelita Ave.
Address: Canon Drive and Carmelita Avenue, Beverly Hills, 90210
Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
Did you know the original Hollywood sign said Hollywoodland? I do wish it still said that today! One of the best views of the Hollywood sign with minimal effort is from Lake Hollywood Park.
There is also a hike you can do to take you to the top of the sign. The best way to get there is to drive to the end of Deronda Drive, find a place to park, walk up to the gates and keep right after the gates, walk up a few stairs and follow the road. When you are further up the road head to the left, opposite Griffith Observatory, and follow that road. It takes about an hour and a half to hike it and there is a large fence around the sign so be prepared for that!
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Spadena House
Legend has it, this house was built for the movie Hansel & Gretel back in the day and then was transported from the movie lot to Beverly Hills. I’m not sure if that holds true but regardless, this spot is a must-see! Especially if you’re like me and are obsessed with Halloween. It’s located right in Beverly Hills near the Beverly Hills Hotel so you can check both of these out on the same trip!
Address: 516 Walden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Santa Monica Proper Hotel
This new and noteworthy luxury hotel located in Santa Monica is an interior designer’s dream. The interior has this beachy boho cool-girl vibe and is hands down the coolest hotel I’ve ever visited. They are pretty strict about letting you go inside unless you are staying at the hotel or grabbing lunch/dinner at Palma (in-house restaurant). I highly recommend having dinner and getting the grilled peach flatbread.
Address: 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Getty Villa
Visiting the Getty Villa Museum will have you feeling as though you were transported to Italy but in actuality, it’s located in the Pacific Palisades. J. Paul Getty was a self-made billionaire and fell in love with ancient villa ruins in Italy. So he designed and constructed this Villa to mirror that one. It’s free to enter but costs $20 to park on the grounds.
Address:17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California
El Matador State Beach
If you’re looking for the most photogenic beach in Los Angeles, then look no further because your girl found it! El Matador State Beach is a local icon and boasts the prettiest views in Malibu. It costs $8 to park here in order to access the beach since it is technically a state park. Sunset is known to be the best time to visit!
Address: 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Ok technically, Disneyland is in Orange County but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add the happiest place on earth to my list. I highly recommend going on a weekday during the school year. I’ve found the best time to go is the week after school starts, it may be peak prices, however, the lines are non-existent and you’ll be able to enjoy the rides at your leisure.
Make sure to check out the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge. It’s so incredible and you feel as though you’re on a movie set.
PRO TIP: They have a single rider line for the Millenium Falcon (pictured above). So you can skip the long line as long as you don’t mind not riding with your party.
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Thanks for reading my “16 of The Best Photo Spots + Things to Do in Los Angeles” is there anything that I missed that I need to check out? Please let me know and for more of my California Guides click here!
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