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

Los Angeles is a unique city known for its high-end shopping, world-class dining, and endless entertainment. There are enough spots in Los Angeles 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 that you probably won’t find in any Los Angeles guidebook!

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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