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Non-Touristy Things to do in Los Angeles

14 December 2017 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

If you've visited LA, you might have already been to the must-see spots like Griffith Park or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Or maybe, you haven't yet been to the City of Angels, but you prefer off-the-beaten-path trips instead. Well, in that case, here are 10 things to do in LA that will have you blending in with the natives. And to top it off, consider staying at an LA Beach Hotel!

Comedy Clubs: Sit down with the LA crowd and watch comedians kill it in the many LA comedy clubs like the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store. 

Speakeasies: LA has speakeasies galore if you can find them. Hidden in plain sight, many of the prohibition era lounges still contain vintage style and decor. Try lounging like a local at No Vacancy or The Varnish and remember to dress to impress.

Venice Beach Freakshow: Check out these oddities if you dare. Including two-headed animals, shrunken heads, strange performers, fire eaters and sword swallowers in this showcase of the weirdest sightings on the planet. If you're curious and looking for an oddly eccentric experience, the Venice Beach Freakshow is a must-see!

St. Vincent Court: Imagine feeling like you're walking around in an old European city in the center of downtown LA. During the day you can dine al fresco in this little alley or see it come alive at night. There are many restaurants to choose from in this European-inspired spot.

Yoga at Runyon Canyon: Runyon Canyon is a wonderful place to hike, but the locals also know there is a free yoga class in the canyon. Find your zen in the views and practice your poses with the Californians. 

Eaton Canyon Waterfall: This hiking escapade will take you on an exhilarating walk crossing streams and wandering through the beauty of nature in LA. You will eventually reach a 50-foot waterfall on your journey through Eaton Canyon. This is a fun way to be active and see some of the beauty that Los Angeles offers.

Westward Beach, Malibu: This is a quieter beach in Malibu where you will find plenty of locals. This exquisite beach boasts clear waters and cliffs by the ocean. Take part in surfing or fishing here, or just people watch while you lay in the sun. You might even see some animal life here, dolphins or sea lions are likely to visit. Be sure to stop at one of Malibu's restaurants for some fresh seafood after you've recharged on the beach.

The Sunken City: There is history in this modern city! In 1929 a landslide caused some of the seaside city of San Pedro to collapse into the ocean. Safely walk along the fencing and peer down at the ruins by the ocean and witness the decades old sunken treasures that used to be houses and roads. LA is full of gorgeous views, but this view is more unique than some.

Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica: Take a hint from the locals and see lots of free entertainment on these streets. A day of shopping, sight-seeing, and indulgence lies at the Third Street Promenade. Foodies rejoice in a number of places to enjoy a bite to eat. Shopping includes everything from fresh produce to art to clothing.

Olvera Street: This Mexican Marketplace is known as the birthplace of LA. Visit this old world spot for local vendors, art, and preserved streets and buildings. Take a walk around the market and enjoy Mexican music and food while you enjoy a little piece of a historic part of LA.

Where to stay.

The best place to hang your hat in the City of Angels is at The Sea View Inn. Offering a variety of boutique style rooms along with free Wi-Fi and a heated pool. Did you forget to bring your beach toys? No problem. The Sea View Inn has complimentary Beach Toys for the kids along with Beach Chairs, Towels and even a Boogie Board for those who want to hang ten. If you have any questions contact us.

Every room at The Sea View Inn includes a coffee maker, refrigerator, and telephone with voicemail. It is like staying at home while you are on vacation.