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Los Angeles Beyond the Glitz: Local-Approved Fun Things to Do

12 December 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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The City of Angels is in many a travel radar. Thanks to movies and TV shows, many of us have an image of Los Angeles that might only include beaches, people driving in convertibles, some palm trees, the Hollywood sign, and studios. So if you're planning to visit L.A., and that's all you know, you might wonder what else are you going to do? Well, the greater Los Angeles area is a vast network of sister cities, all with unique attractions to offer. You can have a memorable visit to Los Angeles by visiting the spots locals enjoy in their daily lives, those that often get overlooked in the tourist guides. Here are some of our favorites:  

1. Griffith Park and Observatory

Hiking in LA? You bet! Griffith Park is a staple of Los Angeles life without getting too crowded or busy thanks to its 50+ miles of trails. All without having to drive out of the city! Griffith Park also includes the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theater (check for concert listings around your travel dates! You'll be treated to an epic show in a beautiful venue). It also used to be the home of the old Los Angeles Zoo, and today you can visit the old installations and move through the empty spaces animals once lived on. You can even do some of the trails horseback riding! Some of the most famous trails in the vast terrain of Griffith Park include Bronson Canyon (where the Batman TV show was filmed) and the Mt. Hollywood trail. 

2. Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown is not just a specific area, but a cluster of neighborhoods, each with its own personality. Recently, Downtown L.A. has become an important part of the more and more lively arts scene in L.A., with multiple art galleries covering regional, modern art, and even fashion exhibits, as well as monthly events. Downtown also has a number of speakeasy-style bars that will transport you back to the Prohibition era with their creative cocktails and glamorous ambiance. 

3. The South Bay Sister Cities

We could not finish off this list without mentioning Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and our very own Manhattan Beach. These adjacent cities represent Southern California like few other places: basically life revolves around the ocean and how close everything is to the beach - that means you're at a stone's throw from a game of beach volleyball or an afternoon paddle boarding, and the multiple places to eat and drink along the coastline make the experience even more magical. 

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