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Ten Fantastic Things to Do in Los Angeles

14 September 2017 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog

"LA is a vibrant city that combines culture, history and the great outdoors. The city offers...something for everyone, from young to old, whatever your passion, whether it’s food, sports or something else entirely."- 10 Things to See and Do in Los Angeles.

There's an endless amount of activities and sight-seeing adventures in Los Angeles, California. If you've never visited, take a "...leap and the net will appear"-Julia Cameron. If you're the kind of person who gets bored, you won't in L.A. Over the years, the city has grown, along with multiple restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, museums, and parks. 

What to see and do while visiting L.A?

  1. See the beach: Looking for a beach with everything? Go to Manhattan Beach. Surfing, volleyball, bike riding on the boardwalk and there's a pier that extends out into the azure blue sea. Meet friends or family for a night walk and go to local eateries and local bars, music venues nearby. 
  2. Griffith Observatory: This observatory is very close to Griffith Park and The Greek Theater. There's plenty to do at the observatory. Would you like to transport back to that romantic scene in the Oscar-winning movie, "La La Land" or watch a show, exhibit or go on a tour? This glorious landmark is now remodeled and it's more beautiful than ever. Look up the website for the wide array of events listed. The observatory is a magical, gorgeous sight to see.
  3. Pasadena-Old town Pasadena is the go to hot spot on a Friday or Saturday night. Tons of arched old buildings: bookstores, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants make it crowded and cool to flock to with friends and family. Pasadena is also the home of The Rose Bowl and The Rose Parade.
  4. Huntington Library-Botanical Gardens and rooms of art can all be seen at this historic art institute. Come see the very spacious library, art collections, and vast gardens. The fee to attend is 25 dollars per day in the week and 29 dollars on the weekends...always open 10 am to 5 pm. 
  5. Olvera Street-AKA "The Birthplace of Los Angeles." There are gift shops to view and restaurants to eat at in this colorful Mexican marketplace. There are rows and rows of outdoor vendors and amidst all of this intense beauty are Mariachi musicians, hand-made goods, and tacos!
  6. Melrose Avenue-This "district" is a place for shopping, eating and exploring. It's called "The New Rodeo Drive" since many actors, musicians and hipsters started frequenting the avenue in the early 1980s. "Pioneered by adventurous independent retailers and restaurateurs, Melrose Avenue captured the global imagination as the birthplace of Southern California's New Wave and Punk cultures."-Wikipedia. The show, "Melrose Place" also started with Melrose Ave. in mind.
  7. Getty Center and Villa-The Getty Center is a hub for all things art. There are gardens: The Central Garden and Cactus Garden to visit, as well as a sketching gallery and fine arts exhibitions. There are also public offerings such as: "Off the 405: a popular outdoor music series."  The Getty Villa has idyllic gardens, art, and architecture. The Villa also has stylized roman architecture and overlooks the Pacific ocean. It's full of amazing art collections you can't help but see.
  8. Hollywood Bowl-This amphitheater is a significant landmark and tradition in Los Angeles. It all started in July of 1922 and has been a hit since. Remodeled in 2003, it's known for its "band shell" which is a reference to the circles and arches of the amphitheater. The "bowl" is a reference to the shape of the hill that the "amphitheater[carves]into." The bowl continually hosts inspiring, famous musicians. It's an exciting, lovely place to bring friends, family,  and a picnic of course.
  9. Sunset Boulevard-This boulevard extends from Figueroa Street in downtown LA to PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). It's about 22 miles all together. The sunset strip is a central location for much activity, since the 1950s. It has also been termed "guitar row" due to the many guitar shop storefronts. It also passes through the fabulous Beverly hills.
  10. The Farmer's Market-This is not just any farmer's market. Birthed in 1934, this market is still going strong. Los Angeles is proud of this historic landmark and place for tourists to swarm to. There are more than 100 vendors who have shops and local eateries. This farmer's market is a permanent fixture and is open for your own culinary adventure seven days a week. Interesting fact: The Beach Boys wrote a song that referred to this market in their song: "H.E.L.P. Is On the Way." A part of the lyrics read: "We ate tonight at Fairfax and 3rd (Fairfax and 3rd) We're gonna spread the news and give you the word."

The above venues are just some of the many places to frequent and enjoy in Los Angeles: the spectacular city of angels! Feel free to contact us about this eclectic, happening city. 


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