3 Los Angeles Attractions You Won’t Find in a Guidebook

Los Angeles is a unique city known for its high-end shopping, world-class dining, and endless entertainment. There are enough spots in the guidebooks to keep you busy for days from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Griffith Observatory and the Santa Monica Pier. If you want a truly unique experience, check out some of the less common Los Angeles attractions.

Los Angeles’ Secret Staircases

Before Los Angeles became a city of cars, the main way to get around was by trolley or street car. To make getting from your home to stores easier, developers built staircases all around the city in the 1920s. Today, many of these staircases are still in use and give a glimpse into the city’s history.

The Baxter Stairways in Echo Park are some of the most popular in the city. Known as the steepest staircase in Los Angeles, your legs will be burning by the time you reach the top, but you will be rewarded with amazing views of downtown Los Angeles. There are several other historical staircases in Echo Park you may want to check out, including the Laveta Terrace Stairway, Clinton Stairway, Curran Stairway, and Avalon Stairway.

While you are in Echo Park be sure to check out the park’s lake. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the grassy fields surrounding the lake or rent a paddle boat and get out on the water.

Huntington Library Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles is known for its beautiful weather, so enjoy the sun by taking a walk through the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens. More than a dozen gardens stretch out over 120 acres featuring a wide variety of plants, from a rose garden to a desert garden. Picnics are not allowed in the garden but there is a Rose Garden Tea Room if you get hungry.

The Bradbury Building

For those interested in history and architecture, be sure to take a trip to the Bradbury Building. The building is the largest commercial building in Los Angeles and is known for its impressive iron railings, marble staircases, and Victorian-inspired architecture. The building is located in downtown Los Angeles next to the Grand Central Market. Be sure to stop by the market as well for a bite to eat and to check out all the local vendors. The market is a Los Angeles landmark and has been open for more than 100 years.

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5 Los Angeles Attractions You Can’t Miss

Los Angeles is a huge city—you can’t see it all in one week! What we recommend instead is prioritizing some of the most famous and most-appreciated Los Angeles attractions. You should try to fit at least one of the wonders below into your stay in LA.

OUE Skyspace LA

This magnificent building was once the tallest on the West Coast and still offers some of the best views in the city—perfect for picture-taking! It’s more than a building, of course—the observation deck and the skyslide are the reasons people climb up here! Buy a ticket and see for yourself; even your memories will be breathtaking!

Walt Disney Concert Hall

You know Disney won’t stick its name on anything that’s less than stupendous—did you know they gave it to a concert hall? This concert hall is a marvel of modern design, from its accessibility to its acoustics. A miracle of engineering where every seat is a great view and the sound reaches you wherever you are: you need to come here once just to experience what acoustics can do to music, regardless of what music you like!

Museum Row

Museums aren’t everyone’s thing, but even so, Museum Row probably has at least one museum for each person in your party. The fabulous Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the most famous attraction here, but other museums, such as the Petersen Automotive Museum and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (opening this year) may tickle your fancy in other ways. Check out the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, where fossils are still being discovered in the bubbling tar!

Hollywood Walk of Fame

This attraction needs no introduction—stop by and see it while you’re in the county! Look up ahead of time where to find your favorite star for the all-important souvenir: a picture of you next to it!

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier is a hotspot of fun and of our favorite Los Angeles attractions! The pier is a great place to spend a long afternoon: fishing, food, arcade games, street performers, and more abound here. It’s also a picture-perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Pacific. Stick around at night and the place lights up! Even if you’re tight on money, the Pier offers a spot for people-watching like no other! Note that this is some ways out of the city itself, so head out when traffic is light.

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