Top Photography Spots in Los Angeles
Los Angeles. The City of Angels. Also known as, La La Land. It’s 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 but LA is also very large and spread out. If you’re trying to snap some photos – you came to the right place. Below you’ll find the “Top Photography Spots 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. Also, fun fact, more people have looked through the Griffith Observatory telescope than any in the world. 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!
Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
High class at its finest! Rodeo Drive is so iconic and there are quite a few spots that are great for taking photos. I particularly love the little 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 definitely high class and with that comes a hefty price tag but you can always park your car down the street walk 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
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 dang 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 just sightseeing. 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 Farms for the best brunch!
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, CA 90292
Did you know the original Hollywood sign said Hollywoodland? I so 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 of 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
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. Yes, tickets may be expensive and lines may be long but the trip will be worth it because DUH it’s the happiest place on earth! 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 incredile and you feel as though you’re on a movie set. TIP: They have a single rider line for the Millenium Falcon (pictured above).
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
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 in the same trip!
Address: 516 Walden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Thanks for reading my “Top Photography Spots 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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