101 Amazing Things to do in Los Angeles

Your guide to the City of Angels


Amazing Things to do with your time in Los Angeles

Congrats! You found your way onto this post which means you have some interest in visiting one of the best cities in the world. You clearly have excellent taste! I fell in love with Los Angeles when I was studying at UCLA for a year. It’s a fantastic, vibrant city that’s full of incredible people and I want you to get the most out of your vacation there. I can’t wait to be back in California and to explore (and perhaps live in) more American cities.

  1. Visit Zuma Beach in Malibu (much quieter and nicer than SM beach)
  2. Go to a Dodgers game
  3. Visit UCLA (obviously)
  4. Book tickets and go to The Broad
  5. Visit LACMA
  6. Visit The Getty
  7. Eat at Nobu
  8. Visit SM Pier
  9. Take a photo at The Griffith Observatory
  10. Walk the Charlie Turner Trail
  11. Take a touristy photo at the Hollywood Sign
  12. Go to a TV show taping (visit 1iota for tickets)
  13. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  14. Visit Disneyland (it’s in Anaheim so out of L.A, but still)
  15. Visit Walt Disney Concert Hall
  16. Take a Surf Lesson
  17. Watch the AcroYoga in Santa Monica
  18. Check out Muscle Beach
  19. Take in all of the weirdness at Venice Beach
  20. Go to Abbot Kinney Boulevard for First Friday’s
  21. Go night time bowling (it’s fun)
  22. Catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl
  23. Attend a Movie Premiere (Westwood is great for them)
  24. Get a DK’s Donut
  25. Eat at In-And-Out (A DoubleDouble, obviously. Or 4×4 if you’re feeling adventurous)
  26. Shop at the Grove
  27. Check out Melrose Ave
  28. Shop on 3rd St Promenade
  29. Take a look at Peterson Automotive Museum
  30. See all the famous gravestones at Hollywood Forever (morbid but interesting)
  31. Hike at Runyon Canyon Park
  32. See the Watts Towers
  33. Go to my rival school USC (optional)
  34. Have a beach day at Santa Monica
  35. Rent bikes in Venice and cycle the boardwalk
  36. Go through the book tunnel at The Last Bookstore
  37. Attend a literary reading at The Hammer
  38. Eat seafood at Herringbone in SM
  39. Watch a game at the Staples Center
  40. Check out the sculpture garden at UCLA
  41. Go on a Celebrities Houses tour
  42. Visit Orpheum Theatre
  43. Chill out at the Peace Awareness Gardens
  44. See a movie at El Capitan
  45. Take the Golden Road Brewery Tour
  46. Visit LA City Hall
  47. See a concert at The Greek Theatre
  48. Walk the Venice Canals Walkway
  49. Do a Downtown art walk
  50. See the Nazi Ruins at Rustic Canyon Murphy’s Ranch
  51. Play Beach Volleyball at SM
  52. Do Horror Night at Universal Studios
  53. Eat at Chinatown
  54. Visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
  55. Take your photo with the star’s foot and hand prints
  56. Buy a vinyl at Amoeba
  57. Romantic dinner at Magic Castle
  58. Watch the sunset with your loved one
  59. Check our your favourite artists’ awards at the Grammy Museum
  60. Visit the Museum of Neon Art (very Instagrammable)
  61. Get a cupcake at the Sprinkles ATM
  62. Visit Susie’s Cakes for a slice in Brentwood
  63. Hike Corral Canyon in Malibu
  64. After your Corral Canyon hike eat at Malibu Seafood
  65. Run shoulders with the Kardashians in Calabasas (jokes, you won’t see them)
  66. Check out new art at the New Image gallery
  67. Go out partying in West Hollywood
  68. Explore food options at Little Tokyo
  69. Go to an outdoor movie screening
  70. Buy a new book at Small World Books
  71. Buy a tacky souvenir at La La Land
  72. Watch the skaters (or join in) at Venice Skatepark
  73. Visit the Natural History Museum
  74. Sign up to a walking LA Art Tour
  75. Learn about old camera’s at Camera Obscura
  76. Go Grease Lightning at LA River
  77. Feeling dark? Visit the Museum of Death… really
  78. Hike at Topanga State Park
  79. Got kids? Go to Bob’s Marionette Theatre
  80. Buy some fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market and get creative in the kitchen
  81. Explore the El Pueblo de Los Angeles
  82. Take in the amazing view from the Stahl House
  83. Check out the amazing stalls at Olvera Street
  84. Learn about the mission ear at Mission San Fernando
  85. Check out the view at City Hall’s Observation Deck
  86. Listen to a liver performance at Amoeba Music
  87. Visit The Getty Villa (it’s different from The Getty)
  88. Visit Rodeo Drive
  89. Eat at a taco truck
  90. Drive Pacific Coast Highway
  91. Watch a movie at Arclight
  92. Dine at Hinoki & the Bird
  93. Eat cookies at Didy Reise
  94. Indulge in the food at the off-the-beaten-track Petit Trois
  95. Do the Paramount Pictures Studio tour
  96. Visit the US Open of Surfing at Huntington (outside of L.A city)
  97. Learn at California Science Center
  98. Visit Battleship USS Iowa
  99. Visit the Bar Marmont in West Hollywood
  100. Drink at Davey Wayne’s
  101. Drive Mulholland Drive

And that’s it! 101 amazing things to do in Los Angeles. I think that this should keep you pretty busy if you’re vacationing for two weeks. It definitely kept me busy whilst I was there for a year and in between studies. Los Angeles really is a phenomenal place and its people are fantastic. I’m sure if you’re visiting you’ll leave wanting to go back and if you’re looking for vacations then look no further!

Let me know if you’ve been to L.A before or if you now want to go! Tell me if you’ve ever done any of these on the list too.