101 Places to Visit in Los Angeles

101 Places to Visit in Los Angeles

101 Places to Visit in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California is the second most populated city in the United States with just under four million residents calling the city home. It’s a sprawling town, encompassing more than five hundred square miles.

Los Angeles has been called the Creative Capital of The World. It’s no wonder, too – with one in six people being employed in the creative industry. Los Angeles plays a vital role in the television and film industry and is often referred to as the epicenter of the motion picture industry.

Celebrities from all walks of life live, work and play in Los Angeles and it’s not uncommon to run into them while going about your daily business. Its fame, history, coastal mountain landscape and beautiful climate are just some of the things that draw a 24 million people to the city each year.

We have compiled a list of 101 places – in no particular order – to visit in Los Angeles. The list includes everything from the famous to the infamous to the downright quirky. There’s something for everyone in Los Angeles. Take a look.

1. California Science Center – Exposition Boulevard

California Science Center

California Science Center – Source

The California Science Center is the most popular museum in Southern California.

It is home to many educational permanent exhibits and collections, but welcomes many more traveling ones throughout the year into its 400,000 square foot space. Some of the most popular exhibits are the ones dealing in space exploration and ecosystems.

The Center is open daily from 10am until 5pm and admission is always free. Be prepared to pay $8 for parking when you go.

2. Japanese American National Museum – 100 North Central Avenue

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum – Source

The Japanese American National Museum is the first museum in the country to include Americans of Japanese ancestry into U.S. history.

The Museum has a variety of exhibits outlining the evolution and migration of the Japanese from 1885, forward. The collections include rich oral histories, pictures, documents and films. Overall, the Museum chronicles more than 130 years of Japanese history.

The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Thursdays from 12pm until 8pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids aged 6-17. Children 5 and under are free.

3. La Brea Tar Pits @ George Page Museum- 5801 Wilshire Blvd.

La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits – Source

It is a cluster of tar pits that have been tens of thousands of years in the making. Exploration and excavation of the pits has revealed thousands of fossils of pre-historic animals – some of which were found in their entirety.

The George C. Page Museum was built next to the tar pits and has made it one of their missions and main attractions to further excavate the pits. Visitors can see the pits and findings up close and sometimes get the chance to dig themselves.

The Museum is open daily from 9:30am until 5pm, except for major holidays. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $5 for kids 3-12 and free for kids 2 and under. Be prepared to pay at least $9 for parking when you go.

4. Petersen Automotive Museum – 6060 Wilshire Blvd.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum – Source

The Petersen Automotive Museum is a sprawling 300,000 square foot complex that boasts an impressive collection of more than 300 cars. In addition to their own collection, the Museum often features borrowed collections for display as well.

The Museum also offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year as well as an extensive collection of rare automobile components, artwork, photographs and books. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am until 6pm, excluding holidays.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, $3 for kids aged 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Be prepared to pay up to $12 for parking when you go.

5. Hollywood Bowl – 2301 N. Highland Ave

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl – Source

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States and has a seating capacity of nearly 20,000. It’s a rounded, shell shaped structure that was first built in 1929, but totally renovated in 2004 to increase its size.

It is home to the world-famous Los Angeles Philharmonic. Musicians from every genre imaginable have graced the stage at the Hollywood Bowl over is tenure – from Al Jolson to The Beatles to Blink 182. The Bowl has been featured in a number of movies, dating back to the mid 1930s.

The Bowl opens at 10am daily – as does the on site museum – and both are free to the public until show time for whatever performance is scheduled.

6. Universal Studios Hollywood – 100 Universal City Plaza

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood – Source

Universal Studios Hollywood is the most famous movie studios in the world. It’s also one of the oldest. People have been touring the studios since 1915, when admission was a nickle and included lunch.

The tours stopped in the 1930s and reemerged in the 1960s, with the addition of amusement rides, movie set tours, sound stage tours and a variety of other experiences that allow visitors to get a close up look at movie making. Countless movies have been filmed here and some television shows are still in production there today. Costumed characters from all walks of life walk the grounds, greeting guests. Universal Studios Hollywood is open daily from 9am until 6pm.

Admission prices range from $80 for a one day pass up to $250 multi-day pass with many inclusions. It’s a big place so be prepared to walk. One day passes include ride admission as well. Parking will cost $15 extra.

7. Los Angeles Zoo – 5333 Zoo Drive

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The Los Angeles Zoo opened in 1966 and has undergone some major changes and improvements over the years. The Los Angeles Zoo was also the site of many ‘firsts’ in the zoological world – like the world’s first delivery of a baby gorilla by C-section.

In 1998, the Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains exhibit was added. Many more new additions soon followed, like the Komodo Dragon Exhibit and Children’s Discovery Center . The Los Angeles Zoo also has a Botanic Garden that showcases native and exotic plants year round. The zoo is open daily from 10am until 5pm – except for Christmas.

Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for children aged 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free – and parking is free as well.

8. Hollywood Sign – Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills

The “Hollywood” sign has welcomed a steady stream of tourists, actors and dream seekers since its construction in the 1920s and has been featured in the background of countless movies, television shows and advertising products.

The sign is 450 feet long and each letter is 45 feet high. An interesting fact about the sign is that it used to be illuminated with thousands of light bulbs that were maintained by a sign keeper that lived behind the sign. Today, the sign sits in a secluded area with lots of neighborhoods and private property around.

Be cautious and safe when you go and avoid encroaching on anyone’s land. It’s accessible during good weather and there is no admission fee.

9. Griffith Observatory – 2800 East Observatory Road

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory – Source

Griffith Observatory is a massive structure that provides an amazing view of Los Angeles. It sits atop a hill on 3,000 acres and is home to a wide range of space and science exhibits.

Among the many exhibits, the Griffith Observatory also has a planetarium and public telescopes that visitors can enjoy.

Admission to the Griffith Observatory is free, as is parking. They are open Wednesday-Friday noon until 10pm and from 10am-10pm on weekends. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and the cafe’ when you go.

10. Walt Disney Concert Hall – 111 South Grand Avenue

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall – Source

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of four concert halls in the area. Although it’s quite small – with a seating capacity of just over 2,000.

You have the choice of a guided tour or a self-guided tour. You can see just the Walt Disney Concert Hall or you can see all four concert halls. Tours are free and offered Tuesday-Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

11. Los Angeles County Museum of Art – 5905 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Source

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art began as a very small museum in 1965 and has since grown to become one of the largest museums in the United States with an extensive collection of art and artifacts of more than 100,000 items.

The items in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection date from recent history to ancient. Aside from art, photography and film are also big at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Museum is open for tours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am–5pm, Friday 11am-8pm and weekends from 10am-7pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children 17 and under. Parking will cost $10-$15 extra.

12. Griffith Park – 4730 Crystal Springs Drive

Griffith Park

Griffith Park – Source

Griffith Park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city live. It’s a sprawling green space encompassing more than 4,000 acres of green, hilly land.

Due to its size, Griffith Park is the largest urban wilderness area in the country. Aside from typical park amenities like playgrounds, hiking and biking trails and ball courts, Griffith Park has horseback riding and swimming, too.

Do not pass up the chance to ride the merry-go-round, which has been entertaining children and adults alike since 1937.

13. Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum – 5202 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum – Source

Free train rides? Yes, please! You can get them at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum. Inside the museum, you will see a number of retired railroad engines and cars on display – as well as a real sleeping cart and old fashioned caboose.

Outside the Museum, you can tour the Disney Barn, which sat in the backyard of a home belonging to Mr. Walt Disney himself. The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum is only open on Sundays from 10:30am until 3pm.

Admission and rides are free, but donations are greatly appreciated because they are the only source of funding the Museum receives. Train riders must be at least 34″ tall and weigh no more than 350lbs.

14. Autry National Center – 4700 Western Heritage Way

Autry National Center

Autry National Center – Source

The Autry was started in 1988 by Mr. Gene Autry himself and boasts an extensive 21,000 collection of Western art and artifacts that includes paintings, sculptures, costumes, musical instruments, and more.

The other portion of the Autry, The Southwest Museum, has been around for much, much longer and dates back to 1907 – making The Southwest Museum the oldest museum in Los Angeles. Its collection of Native American and indigenous tribe artifacts literally rivals that of the Smithsonian – containing nearly 240,000 pieces in all.

The Autry National Center is open from Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and weekends from 11am-5pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $4 for children 3-12 and free for children under three, military members, veterans and peace officers. Parking is free.

15. Museum of Tolerance – 9786 W. Pico Blvd

Museum of Tolerance

Museum of Tolerance – Source

Established in 1993, the Museum of Tolerance was created to highlight the problems of racism and prejudice in the world and how they contributed to atrocities like the Holocaust.

The Museum of Tolerance relies heavily on the use of multi-media tools to educate its visitors with lots of interactive displays. Some exhibits are done by immersing people into the roles of Holocaust victims and other survivors of various hate-related crimes – which can be a truly sobering experience.

The Museum of Tolerance is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and on Sundays from 11am-5pm. Admission is $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, $11.50 for children 5-18 and free for kids under 5. Parking is free.

16. Hsi Lai Temple – 3456 South Glenmark Drive Hacienda

Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple – Source

Hsi Lai Temple is one of the largest Chinese Buddhist monasteries in North America. When it was completed in 1988, the Hsi Lai Temple came with a price tag of $10 million dollars.

Over the years, the Temple has hosted a number of Buddhist conferences and high-profile events as well as traditional Buddhist religious rites and performances. The grounds are filled with beautiful shrines and gardens that shouldn’t be missed.

You can tour the Temple and the grounds daily from 9am-5pm free of charge. You can also have lunch there at the dining hall. Modest dress is a must – no tank tops, shorts or skirts are allowed.

17. Bradbury Building – 304 S. Broadway

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building – Source

The Bradbury Building is has been hailed one of the most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles. It’s also the oldest commercial building standing in the downtown are of the city.

No expense was spared in creating the building, which features glazed brick walls, decorative French cast iron railings, marble stairs and massive skylight. See if you can find the life-sized sculpture of Charlie Chan sitting on the bench in the lobby.

Today visitors can tour the first floor of the building with a guide that is waiting on duty. Tours are free and are available during regular business hours during the week.

18. Grand Central Market – The Homer Laughlin Building (315 S. Broadway)

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market – Source

The Grand Central Market, in continuous operation since 1907, is Los Angeles’ oldest and largest open-air market.

It’s a cross between a giant grocery store and a flea market. There are about fifty stalls in the market and each one is independently owned and operated by a different tenant. This is why you can find such a variety of offerings at the market, because of the diversity of their vendors.

You can shop the market daily from 9am-6pm. Parking is free with a $10 purchase.

19. Biltmore Hotel – 515 S. Olive Street

Biltmore Hotel

Biltmore Hotel – Source

When it opened in 1923, the Biltmore Hotel was the place to stay – for anyone who was anyone. At the time, the Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago and quite possibly one of the most ornate and lavish as well.

Renaissance, Baroque and Moorish are just some of the architectural styles used in its design. Inside the hotel you will find walls embellished with frescos and murals, marble fountains, 12ft crystal chandeliers, bronze stairwells and imported tapestries and draperies.

The murals painted on the ceilings rival those of the Sistine Chapel. You just really have to see it to believe it.

20. Southern California Edison Company Building – 601 W. 5th Street

The Southern California Edison Company Building is fourteen stories high and the lower three are made completely of limestone.

Nearly twenty kinds of marble make up the floor and walls of the lower portion of the building. The Southern California Edison Company Building isn’t just nice to look at – it’s rather significant, historically speaking because it was one of the first buildings in the western part of the country to be completely cooled and heated by electricity.

The building is open during regular business hours Monday-Friday. There are no guided tours, but feel free to walk around and look.

21. The Fashion District – Main Street Area, downtown

The Fashion District is the heart and soul of the textile industry in Los Angeles – and pretty much the entire West Coast of the country as well. It is comprised of nearly 100 city blocks and is a renowned destination for purchasing apparel, accessories, shoes and makeup.

Many US clothing designers manufacture their clothing right here in the Fashion District. Bargain hunters flock to nearby Santee Alley, which has a long history of being a den for counterfeiters selling a wide variety of bootleg items as well as illegally obtained animals for very cheap prices.

The District is open every day from 10am-5pm. Parking is plentiful, but pricey in some areas while free in others. Admission to the District is free.

22. Los Angeles Flower District – Wall Street, downtown

The Los Angeles Flower District is the largest wholesale flower district in the country and offers an extensive range of flowers and greenery.

It was started in 1913 by local Japanese flower growers and quickly became the ‘go to place’ for merchants, florists, shippers and anyone else in the floral industry.

It’s an indoor facility – open Monday-Friday from 6am-2pm. It also has an on site cafe and on site parking, which is free.

23. Chinatown – Hill, Broadway, Spring Streets

Present day Chinatown in the second one in Los Angeles. It was settled in 1938 after the older one was torn down to make way for a railway line. It started off as the Central Plaza and quickly grew as merchants and vendors moved in.

The Chinese continue to carve their niche in the area and have since built schools, temples, recreation centers and more. The East Gate and Golden Pagoda are two original pieces of architecture in Chinatown that you do not want to miss.

Also check out the visitor’s center to see their exhibits detailing the history of the Chinese people in the Los Angeles area. There is no admission charged for Chinatown, but be prepared to pay up to $8 for parking.

24. Olvera Street – Old Downtown area

Olvera Street

Olvera Street – Source

Once you step onto Olvera Street, you will think you have been transported back in time to Old Mexico. It’s a small, brick plaza roadway that feels like a Cinco de Mayo celebration year round. It’s also the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, dating back to the mid 1870s.

There are nearly 30 historic buildings on Olvera Street, each one of them with some sort of significance to the area. It was designated a California State Historic Landmark in 1953 and attracts two million visitors each year.

Many Mexican performances and events are hosted on Olvera Street throughout the year. The most popular is the Blessing of The Animals – which happens each year on the Saturday before Easter. See if you can find the life-sized stuffed donkey in the courtyard. There is no admission fee and parking is available all around the neighborhood.

25. U.S. Bank Tower – 633 West Fifth Street

 U.S. Bank Tower

U.S. Bank Tower – Source

The U.S. Bank Tower, formerly Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center is an amazing architectural feat standing more than 1,000 feet tall.

As a skyscraper, it is the tallest building in California as well as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Also, thanks to local building codes requiring such, the U.S. Bank Tower is also the tallest building in the world equipped with a helipad.

It was completed in 1989 with a price tag of $350 million dollars and has made appearances in some popular television shows and movies. The large glass crown at the top is lighted with different colored lights at various times of the year to coincide with holidays and local events.

26. Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach – Source

Zuma is also one of the popular beaches in the region. It has long, wide sands and excellent surf – ranks among the healthiest water of any beach in Los Angeles County.

The television series Baywatch filmed a number of segments on Zuma Beach and the pilot episode of the widely popular I Dream of Jeanie and the famous end scene of Planet of The Apes were also filmed on Zuma Beach.

It also serves as an open air shelter during times of emergencies – like fires and earthquakes. There are lifeguards on duty during the daylight hours and the parking lot has room for 2,025 cars. There are no admission fees or parking fees for Zuma Beach.

27. Crossroads of the World – 6671 Sunset Blvd.

Crossroads of the World

Crossroads of the World – Source

Crossroads of the World was the first outdoor shopping mall in the country. The main building looks like a cruise ship and all the little adjacent structures are made in a bungalow style. It was completed in 1936 and was quite a bustling shopping venue.

The Crossroads has been featured in a number of movies and television commercials. Its spinning globe tower is easily recognizable as a landmark. Today, the Crossroads is sort of like a creator’s village, with many offices housing, music publishers, script writers, publicists and casting agencies.

You can tour the area on your own, but be mindful that business is being conducted in the surrounding offices so be courteous when you go.

28. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – 6925 Hollywood Boulevard

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater – Source

You know it – you recognize it from many, many red carpet events that celebrities attend on television. It’s the one with all the hand prints and footprints of famous actors cast in concrete. But seeing it in person is a must, if you ever get the chance.

It opened in the 1920s as a film house and the concrete cast footprints and hand prints of more than 200 celebrities – including Betty Grable, John Wayne and Myrna Loy. The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is open daily for tours, movie showing and other events.

Admission prices vary by what’s going on at the time. If you see a show you don’t have to buy a tour admission and vice versa. Just check with the box office when you go to see what your options are for that day.

29. Capitol Records Building – 1750 Vine Street

Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building – Source

You’ll know it when you see it, if you don’t already. It’s a giant, round building that looks like a stack of records. Completed in 1956, it’s the headquarters of Capitol Records and contains recording studios, sound stages and offices.

There aren’t any tours of the building and a lot of businesses operate during business hours so be prepared to navigate those when you go. There is lots of interesting memorabilia lining the walls of the building that’s really cool to see.

30. Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard – Source

Hollywood Boulevard is one of those places that is synonymous with Los Angeles and one that you just have to see.

Driving down Hollywood Boulevard would be ideal because you can cover more area at a time and it’s fun to play ‘celebrity watch’ with each passing car. You never know who you’re going to see. Alternately, you could walk down Hollywood Boulevard instead.

There are lots of historic landmarks and places to see along the way. You might even bump into a celebrity or two. This is a great free activity that you can do any time of day or night. See if you can find the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

31. Sunset Boulevard

Beverly Hills Mansion

Beverly Hills Mansion – Source

Sunset Boulevard is another one of those trademark icon that’s synonymous with Los Angeles. It spans for 22 miles from downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset Boulevard will take you through some of the most high profile neighborhoods in California – like Echo Park, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, and the Pacific Palisades. The road can be hazardous in some parts, due to curves and heavy traffic. But it’s another fabulous way to experience the city and take in the sights.

32. The Comedy Store – 8433 West Sunset Boulevard

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store – Source

The Comedy Store opened in 1972 as a small 99 seat comedy theater for where local comedians could perform and where talent scouts and agents could look for new talent to market. By 1976, The Comedy Store had expanded to 450 seats.

With help from HBO’s Young Comedians program which was filmed on location there starting in 1979, The Comedy Store launched the careers of many famous comedians. Some of the notable names in comedy that have performed at The Comedy Store are Roseanne Barr, Joy Behar, John Belushi, George Carlin and Jim Carrey. There’s a show every night at 7pm, 9pm or 11pm at The Comedy Store and admission prices will vary between them.

The Comedy Store has a 2 drink minimum requirement (soft drinks are ok, doesn’t have to be alcohol) and all guests must be 21 or older for every show.

33.Sunset Strip – Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard – Source

The Sunset Strip is the name given to a mile and a half long portion of Sunset Boulevard. It’s famous for being a mecca for the rich and famous and is definitely the place to see and be seen in Los Angeles. Crammed into that mile and a half stretch are a number of clubs and restaurants where celebrities often wine and dine.

The Sunset Strip began gaining notoriety in the 1920s when illegal gambling outfits sold alcohol during Prohibition. By the 1930s and 1940s, the Strip was the gathering place for all the Silver Screen stars and the glitz that accompanied their lifestyle.
By the mid 1960s and 1970s, it was more of a hippie-centric kind of place. Today, it’s an eccentric mix of everything and still a number one hot spot in Los Angeles.

34. Madame Tussauds – 6933 Hollywood Blvd

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood – Source

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum dedicated to preserving the likenesses of famous people in the form of lifelike wax figures. Marie Tussaud learned the art of wax molding from her mother’s employer and created her first figure of Voltaire in 1777 in London.

She went on to create a large following and opened a museum in her native London on Baker Street. After her death in 1850, Marie’s figures remained popular and her collection was bought out by a company seeking to continue her mission.

Today, you can find a Madame Tussauds museum in every major city in the world – including Hong Kong, Berlin, Sydney and Vienna – in addition to those in the US. Figures depicted in the museum range from famous musicians, actors and historical presidents.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Madame Tussauds is open every day of the year except on the day of the Oscar Awards, which changes each year. Hours of operation are generally from 10am-8pm, although weekend hours may extend until 10pm certain times of the year.

35. Hollywood Walk of Fame – 6801 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame – Source

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is like walking in the footprints of everyone who was anyone since the beginning of time in the entertainment industry.

The Walk of Fame spans for 15 blocks and contains 2,483 brass and marble stars – spaced with 6ft between them – depicting the names of famous people from actors to producers to fictional characters. The project was planned throughout the 1950s and actually began with the placement of 1,500 stars from 1960-1961.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame attracts ten million visitors each year. It’s a great attraction that you can peruse at your leisure any time of the night or day, as there are no hours of operation or admission fees associated with the Walk of Fame.

36. El Capitan Theatre – 6838 Hollywood Boulevard

El Capitan Theatre

El Capitan Theatre – Source

El Capitan Theatre was part of a theater boom in the 1920s for Hollywood Boulevard. It was one of three built from 1922 until 1927. The others being The Egyptian and The Chinese. El Capitan was known as Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama and the controversial (for its time) film Citizen Kane premiered at El Capital in 1941.

In 1942, El Capitan was given a facelift and a new name – Hollywood Paramount Theater, but in the 1980s Disney bought the theater and it reverted to its former splendor. Today, it’s where the vast majority of Disney films make their debut. It has an ice cream parlor inside and also a merchandise counter where you can buy Disney related items. Today, El Capital works much like any other movie theater, showing a variety of Disney films.

Show times are from about noon until 10pm. Tickets can be quite pricey – up to $30, depending on where you sit. It’s open every day of the year and sometimes special events and other performances are held there as well.

37. Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park – Source

Topanga State Park is nestled in the cliffs of the Santa Monica Mountains and features 36 miles of trails that traverse a variety of terrains. Topanga State Park is unique because it is the largest wildland park in the world that is contained within the city limits of a major city.

Hikers, bikers and horseback riders frequent the trails of the park, which offer some great specimens of geologic rock formations and fossils. Visit the Topanga Nature Center while you’re there to see exhibits of artifacts related to the park’s history.

Admission to Topanga State Park is $8 per car during the off season and $10 during the peak season. The park is open daily from 8am until sunset.

38. Beverly Wilshire Hotel – 9500 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Source

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was completed in 1928 and has been the stomping grounds for the high class, rich and famous ever since. Elvis, Warren Beaty and John Lennon have all called the Hotel home for some periods in their lives – not to mention the endless A-list of celebrities who have stayed there as overnight guests.

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was prominently featured in the 1990 hit movie Pretty Woman, with several of the movie’s scenes having been filmed there on location.

It has nearly 400 guest rooms and its Presidential Suite is the largest in Los Angeles.

39. Chateau Elysee – 5930-5936 Franklin Ave

The Chateau Elysee looks like a giant doll house, nestled among palm trees in Los Angeles. It was build as a replica of a 16th Century French castle in the 1920s as a boarding home/apartment building for movie stars.

In Hollywood’s Golden Era, some of the most memorable names on the Silver Screen called the Chateau Elysee home – including Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant. Because of the high profiles of its tenants, the Chateau Elysee quickly became a hotspot for celebrity parties and get togethers during the WWII era.

As of 1969, most of the Chateau Elysee’s glitz had worn off, as it became the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. It still has apartments today, but they are exclusive to church members only. The office will give tours of the building, if asked a day or so in advance.

40. Chicken Boy – 5558 North Figueroa

Chicken Boy is one of those trademark backroad icons that U.S. Route 66 was famous for in its hey day. He’s akin to the giant Paul Bunyan and Muffler Man statues that were so popular for advertising during the 1960s. He’s made from fiberglass and stands 22 feet tall. He has a man’s body and a chicken’s head – and is also holding a bucket of chicken.

The chicken transformation came when a chicken restaurant made a custom order for one of these Muffler Man type statues to advertise his business. The restaurant owner died in the mid 1980s and the Chicken Boy was passed on to someone else, who didn’t have anywhere to put him. He stayed in storage for 20 years until his new home was found – on the top of an artist’s studio a few blocks from where he originated.

There’s nothing to tour and no admission fees. You can clearly see him just by driving by the address and it makes for a fun and interesting backdrop for photographs.

41. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – 555 West Temple Street

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – Source

When you hear the name Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, your mind conjures up images of historic churches with lots of fresco paintings, murals, life sized statues of saints and hundreds of years in existence. Well, none of that is the case this time. In fact, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is quite new – completed in 2002 – and features a very boxy, modern design that looks nothing like a cathedral – or a church, for that matter.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is 12 stories high and has a seating capacity of 3,000. It’s part of a sprawling 5.6 acre site that features a gift shop, restaurant and apartments for current clergy – among other things. It features a mausoleum with 1,270 crypts and 4,746 nooks for burial. No expense was spared in building Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. A large portion of its $250M price tag comes from its ornate furnishing, which include $50,000 pews, $5M altar, $3M bronze doors and $250,000 deacons chairs.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is open daily for tours from 8am -6pm. Gift shop and cafe’ hours will vary.

42. Pig ‘N Whistle – Hollywood Boulevard

Pig 'N Whistle

Pig ‘N Whistle – Source

When you see the glamorous theaters from the 1920s hey day in Hollywood nestled all together, one name that might stand out is the Pig ‘N Whistle. It’s a restaurant that was opened in 1927 in the middle of the theater districts – right next to the famous Egyptian, which was connected to the Pig ‘N Whistle by a shared courtyard.

From the 1920s through the 1940s, the Pig ‘N Whistle became a favorite spot of many celebrities – including Ms. Shirley Temple. It had a candy counter and ice cream parlor in the front and a fine dining area in the back. In 1949 the Pig ‘N Whistle closed its doors for what seemed like forever. But in 2001 after a complete renovation, investors breathed new life into the building and restored it to its former glory.

The Pig ‘N Whistle is open Monday-Saturday for from 11:30am-2:30am. After 10pm, the Pig ‘N Whistle transforms into a new age club so be sure to visit before then.

43. Shrine Auditorium – 649 W. Jefferson Boulevard

Shrine Auditorium

Shrine Auditorium – Source

The Shrine Auditorium is a massive and commanding structure that has been the site of many historic events in Los Angeles. It was built by the Shriners in 1906 and was hailed as the largest indoor auditorium at the time. It’s made to look like a Persian palace or mosque with large, rounded domes. With a seating capacity of 6,500, it’s still one of the largest theaters of its kind in the country.

The Shrine Auditorium has played host to several decades of the Oscars and the Emmys Awards. It has also briefly hosted other award shows – like the Grammy Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards. The Shrine Auditorium was featured in the original “King Kong” and was the site of the infamous Pepsi commercial that Michael Jackson was filming when his hair caught fire.

Today, you can tour the building during normal business hours, but there are still regular performances scheduled at the Shrine Auditorium as well.

44. Yamashiro – 1999 N. Sycamore Avenue

Peering down on the city on twelve acres from 250 above Hollywood Boulevard is the Yashimiro – a replica of a palatial estate that is located in the Koyoto Mountains of Japan. It was built as a private home in 1911 and had become a hot spot for silent film actors by the 1920s.

All things Japanese fell out of favor during WWII and the Yashimiro was boarded up and scheduled for demolition. A local investor saved it from that fate by purchasing the building. From the 1970s through the 1990s, it was a Japanese restaurant.

Today, it’s a CalAsian eatery and bar. The restaurant is open nightly from 5:30 until 10pm and the bar is open until 2am. The Yashimiro offers one of the best views of Los Angeles in the city and is well worth a visit.

45. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – 6780 Hollywood Boulevard

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – Source

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a company founded by Robert Ripley that deals in strange happenings and weird findings that make the public question whether or not they are real. It was first a radio show, then a comic series and then a radio program.

Today the collection of oddities are spread out between a number of museums worldwide that attract 12 million visitors each year. In the Los Angeles Museum, you’ll see things like a mummified foot that belonged to an Egyptian priestess, a 3 month old puppy that swallowed a knife, an elephant with two trunks and Bigfoot himself.

Admission is $17 for adults and $9 for kids. They are open daily from 10am-Midnight and kids aged 4 and under are free.

46. Guinness World of Records Museum – 6764 Hollywood Boulevard

Guinness World of Records Museum

Guinness World of Records Museum – Source

Right next door to the Ripley’s Museum, you will find the Guinness World of Records Museum. The Guinness World of Records was born out of the curiosity of one man – Sir Hugh Beaver from Ireland. He set out to satisfy his curiosity by answering the world’s trivial questions like what’s the biggest this or the tallest that or the oldest whatever.

With the help of Norris and Ross McWhirter, they answered these questions and more in book form and in 1955 the first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was released. A new edition comes out each year, adding more and more facts from the previous issue. The Guinness Book of Records Museum was built to showcase some of those factoids and bring them to life.

You’ll see exhibits about the world’s tallest man, the world’s smallest people and other oddities like that. It’s fun and entertaining as well. A nice addition for anyone who has read one of the books. Admission is $13 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $6.95 for kids and kids 5 and under are free. The Museum is open daily from 10am-Midnight.

47. Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk – Source

This two and a half mile long promenade is the most popular tourist attraction in Southern California. Millions of visitors, both locals and tourists, flock to the Boardwalk each year to soak up the uniquely California atmosphere. On one side, you’ll find a variety of street performers from musicians to fire walkers and fortune tellers to mimes.

Mixed in with the performers is any kind of souvenir vendor that you can imagine and some that you can’t. You can also have a drink or something to eat at one of the many eateries and bars sprinkled along the Boardwalk.

It’s open all the time and there are no admission fees. Parking can get quite expensive, depending on where you go. Some places charge as little as $4 per day while others go up to $25.

48. Venice Beach

Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach is one of the most popular beaches in California. It has turned out many poets, athletes and has been a big draw for celebrities for years. It has tennis courts, handball courts, volleyball courts and the Muscle Beach Gym made famous by The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s.

The Venice Fishing Pier is popular with local anglers and stretches some 1,300 feet into the Pacific Ocean. The nearby Venice Breakwater is a popular surfing destination for locals. The beach is open all the time and usually always crowded so be aware of that when you go.

There are no admission fees, but as with the Boardwalk, parking can be quite expensive, costing up to $25 per day in some lots.

49. Exposition Park Rose Garden –

Exposition Park Rose Garden

Exposition Park Rose Garden – Source

When it was planted in 1927, the Exposition Park Rose Garden was the largest of its kind in the world. With more than 15,000 rose bushes spanning 100 varieties of roses, it was also the most stunning when in full bloom. By the mid 1980s, the Rose Garden had more than 20,000 bushes and 200 varieties of roses.

The Rose Garden survived several attempts at its demolition in the name of progress and expansion of the city, but was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, which ensured it would never be touched.

Today, the Rose Garden draws more than a million visitors each year and is a popular site for weddings and garden parties.

The Rose Garden is closed from January 1 through March 15 each year, but after that – is open daily for visitors and there is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated.

50. Farmer’s Market – Third and Fairfax Streets

Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market – Source

The Farmers Market is home to more than 100 vendors and restaurants. You can buy fresh local produce there as well as cooked meals from a variety of cultures.

It has been a local favorite and popular tourist draw since it opened in 1937. There are no admission fees and the Market is open daily from 9am-9pm.

51.The Los Angeles Aqueduct

Los Angeles Aqueduct

Los Angeles Aqueduct – Source

The Los Angeles Aqueduct is actually 2 aqueducts in one, spanning a combination of more than 600 miles. The first part was built in 1908 with the second section being added in 1965.

Its purpose is to transport water from the Owens River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles.

The first part of the aqueduct cost $24.5 million dollars while the second, and much shorter, portion had a price tag of $89 million.

52. Magic Castle – 7001 Franklin Avenue

Magic Castle

Magic Castle – Source

The Magic Castle is a private club for magicians only and you have to audition in order to become a full member, but other tiers of membership without all the perks are available.

You can buy a trial one for $100 that is good for a month and lets you experience most things that go on there – like magic gatherings, Victorian dinners and Sunday brunches.

Strict formal dress code is enforced and you must be 21 with a picture ID and a member/guest card to enter.

53. Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey

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Marina del Rey is the largest man-made small vessel harbor in the world.

It has 19 marinas with a holding capacity of more than 5,000 boats.

Presently, Marina del Rey is the home port of nearly 7,000 private boats.

54. Fisherman’s Village – Marina del Rey – 13755 Fiji Way

Fisherman’s Village is a tourist area crafted in the style of a New England fishing village with brightly painted wooden, boardwalk and lighthouse.

It’s a nice place to go where visitors can enjoy concerts, dining, fishing and cruises.

There’s no admission fees and although it’s open daily, the hours of operation vary greatly, depending on what’s going on in the Village.

55. Malibu Lagoon State Beach/ Malibu Lagoon/Malibu Surfrider Beach

Malibu Lagoon, also known as Malibu Surfrider Beach, is a widely popular surfing beach and has been since the 1960s.

In 2010, Malibu Lagoon/Malibu Surfrider Beach was designated as the first World Surfing Preserve. Different areas of the lagoon provide different wave action as do different times of year.

Admission is free and the beach is open year round.

56. Mission San Gabriel Arcángel – 428 South Mission Dr.

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel – Source

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was founded in1771, as the fourth of 21 Spanish missions in California.

The church is still very active today and has kept some of the original furnishings – like the six tower bells dating back to 1795, the original altar imported from Mexico that same year and the sterling silver baptismal shell where the first Native American child was baptized during the early days of the mission – and is still in use today.

The mission is open daily from 9am-4:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for kids and kids aged 5 and under are free.

57. Encino Oak Tree – Louise Avenue

The Encino Oak Tree was a 1,000 year old oak that grew in the Encino area of Los Angeles.

Because of its age and beauty, the oak tree was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1963 and was loved far and wide by many.

The tree was killed in a storm in 1998 and now, only a stump remains, but is still quite popular with tourists.

58. Lassen Street Olive Trees – Lassen Street

In 1890, 76 olive trees were planted along Lassen Street from cuttings thought to have been taken from trees at Mission San Fernando.

In 1967, they were designated as a Historic Cultural Monument. Today, just under 50 of the original trees remain. The tree lined portion of the street is very popular with tourists still today.

59. Angel’s Flight – Hill Street

Angel's Flight - Hill Street

Angel’s Flight – Hill Street – Source

Angel’s Flight is a railway consisting two trolley-like cable cars that transport passengers up a steep incline between Bunker Hill and the Core and Broadway commercial district.

It first opened in 1901 and, except for a few periods over the years that the cars or surrounding areas have undergone renovations, it has remained in continuous operation.

Rides cost fifty cents per person each way and the cars operate during daylight hours.

60. Mullholland Drive

Mullholland Drive

Mullholland Drive – Source

Mulholland Drive is one of the most scenic roads in the country. It meanders through 21 miles of some of the most picturesque vantage points in the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains.

Along some portions of the road, you can see for miles – including the skyline of the city, which is very impressive after dark.
It gives a breathtaking view of virtually every part of Los Angeles and is definitely one of those do not miss attractions.

61. RMS Queen Mary – 1126 Queens Highway

RMS Queen Mary

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The RMS Queen Mary is a retired cruise ship that operated from 1936-1967. Today it’s permanently docked and has been turned into a floating museum and hotel.

You can tour the Queen Mary under a variety of tours – from historical to haunted. Prices range from $25 for adults and $15 for kids up to $100, depending on inclusions. You can stay on board in one of the 314 staterooms (no 2 are alike) or 9 suites.

Prices vary, but for a family of four the per night rate ranges from $134 up to $400, depending on room type and day of the week.

62. Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

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Rodeo Drive is one of the premiere shopping destinations in the world.

Every high end designer and haute couture vendor imaginable has taken up residence in this stretch of Los Angeles real estate.

Some of the merchants you will find along Rodeo Drive are Burberry, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace. It’s a great place to celebrity watch, too.

63. Kodak Theater – 6801 Hollywood Blvd

Kodak Theater

Kodak Theater – Source

The Kodak Theater is the annual host to the Oscar Awards each year and is also the location of many performances year round.

You can tour the theater between shows or shop in its five level indoor mall. Guided tours happen daily from 10:30am-2:30pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and kids.

Children under 3 are free.

64. Rockwalk – 7425 Sunset Boulevard

The Rockwalk is to music what the Hollywood Walk of Fame is to acting.

It’s a museum where musicians like Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix and KISS have been immortalized forever through hand print casting in cement as well as a huge collection of memorabilia.

Rockwalk is open during normal business hours for the inside tours (admission prices vary), but you can see the outdoor portion of the Rockwalk any time free of charge.

65. Television Show Tapings – Various Studios

Paramount Pictures, NBC, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. are just a few of the Los Angeles area studios where television and game shows are taped.

You can be a part of the studio audience during these tapings free of charge. Simply contact the studio for tickets in advance of your visit.

It’s best to do so several weeks ahead of your travel dates to ensure you have time to get the tickets. Don’t forget to bring a picture ID.

66. Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Universal CityWalk Hollywood – Source

Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a popular tourist destination that includes 30 restaurants, a 20 screen IMAX theater, several clubs and bars, concert venue, street performers and a host of vendors.

You’ll find popular venues like Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks and Pat O’Brien’s as well as smaller local ones all nestled within this three block hub of action.

There is no admission fees and the Universal CityWalk Hollywood is open daily from 10am-10pm.

67. Santa Monica Pier

 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier – Source

The Santa Monica Pier is as California as Hollywood itself. Built over 100 years ago, the Pier is a popular tourist draw, attraction millions each year.

There’s a wide, sandy beach along with an amusement park, several vendors, shops, restaurants, arcade, world class fishing and music venues.

It has been featured in a countless films, movies and television shows as well. It’s open all the time and there are no admission fees. Parking fees change with the season and vary greatly.

68. Point Vicente Lighthouse – 31550 Palos Verdes Drive

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Point Vicente Lighthouse – Source

The Point Vicente Lighthouse began its service on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1926 and has served ever since, acting as an aid to navigation for local mariners. Its 1,000 watt bulb could be seen from a distance of 20 miles.

During World War II, the lighthouse was an integral part of the peninsula’s defense. The operation of the lighthouse is done automatically through sensors and such today, getting rid of the need for a life person to man it. It is still an important tool for Coast Guard, boat and pilot training today.

There is a small museum and interpretive center at the base of the lighthouse. It’s open daily from 10am-5pm.

69. The Strand – Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach – Source

Manhattan Beach is an easy, laid back beach that backs up to a sleepy seaside community. The Strand is a long sidewalk that runs parallel to the beach so you can take a stroll along the oceanfront. You can bike, skate or roller blade along The Strand, too – but keep in mind that the one closest to the sand – the lower one – is for those activities and walking there could be dangerous. Also, if you’re on wheels, keep off the walking path above. The Strand is free and open all the time.

70. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach – Source

Hermosa Beach is known as the Volleyball Capital of The World – so be sure and partake in a game or two when you go.

The 1,000ft pier dates back to 1913 and serves as the hub of Hermosa Beach activities.

There are some very high end eateries and trendy clubs at Hermosa Beach so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for an area with an active nightlife.

71. Traxx Bar – Union Station – Downtown

Traxx Bar

Traxx Bar – Source

The Traxx bar inside Union Station was the site of a gruesome discovery in 1931. The bodies of two women who had been cut to pieces were discovered stuffed inside two trunks.

The women had a falling out with another woman over the same man and the other women apparently murdered them to have the man to herself.

She was sent to an asylum and released in the 1980s. The Traxx is said to be haunted by the two dead ladies.

72. Hollywood Forever – 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever – Source

Hollywood Forever is a sprawling cemetery that lies below the Hollywood sign.

Some of the most famous actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age are buried here – like Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin.

Go to the office for a map with the locations of famous graves.

73. LA Pet Cemetery – 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane

There are lots of final resting places of stars in Los Angeles so it makes sense that there should be some for their pets, too. The LA Pet Cemetery is one of them.

There are 40,000 pets buried there, including Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, Petey The Dog from Little Rascals and Humphrey Bogart’s dog.

Beware of Kabar the Great Dane that belonged to Rudolph Valentino who is said to still haunt the cemetery since his death in 1929.

74.Angelyne – Billboards around Los Angeles

Angelyne

Angelyne – Source

Nobody is sure exactly who or what Angelyne is. She comes off as a human Barbie doll, outfitted in everything pink – including her car.

She has long, blonde hair and is quite – shapely, to say the least. She advertises herself on billboards across the city and has become a Hollywood icon for really no reason at all – except for her bizarre self promotion.

See if you can find her.

75.Necromance – 7222 Melrose Ave

Necromance

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Necromance can be described as a house of curious or a little shop of horrors – depending on who you ask.

It features an eclectic mix of odd things you might find during a seance, in a witches brew recipe or on the set of a really bad horror flick.

Human skulls, things in jars, creepy dolls and old medicine jars are just a few of the items up for sale. Necromance is open daily from noon-7pm.

76. Skeletons In The Closet – LA Coroner’s Office – 1104 N. Mission Road

Where else in the world can you find a gift shop within a coroner’s office, but Los Angeles?

This odd little shop doesn’t sell body parts or bones – just some nifty gear with the LA Coroner logo, chalk outlines, toe tags, body bags and other related trinkets.

If you want a really unique souvenir of your trip, this is the place to get it. They are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm.

77. Museum of Death – 6031 Hollywood Blvd.

Museum of Death

Museum of Death – Source

The creepy displays of death here – both famous one and obscure – are highly realistic and help recreate the scenes as they happened.

Blood stained clothing, pictures, autopsy photos and murder weapons are just a few of the items on display.

The Museum is open Sunday-Friday 11am-8pm and Saturday 11am-10pm.

78. St. Elmo Village – 4830 St. Elmo Drive

St. Elmo Village began in 1969 as a group of bungalows that an uncle and nephew turned into a work of folk art, with the help of some artsy friends and lots of found and re-purposed items.

It’s a colorful, little bohemian village that hosts art classes, lectures and art related things for the community.
Admission is free and they are open during regular business hours.

79. Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles – 323 East 1st St

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles – Source

There are more than 1,000 murals in the city of Los Angeles that have been painted by local, multi-ethnic graffiti artists.

The Mural Conservancy works to have them recognized as art through promotion and telling the stories behind them.

You can get a map to the murals or a tour by visiting the office during regular business hours.

80. Citadel Outlets – 100 Citadel Drive

Citadel Outlets

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The Citadel Outlets are a group of fashion outlets that offer items at up to 70% off retail.
It’s a massive complex created as a replica of a Syrian palace with a price tag of $8 million dollars in 1929.

Today, there are about 100 outlets in all, plus eateries and a DoubleTree hotel on-site. They are open daily from 10am-9pm.

81. Lake Shrine – 17190 Sunset Boulevard

Lake Shrine

Lake Shrine – Source

This inner city sanctuary covers ten acres and is filled with lush greenery, statues, swans and waterfalls.

There is a beautiful green lake in the middle and a windmill on site. Some of the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were scattered here across the lake.

Lake Shrine is open daily during daylight hours and there are no admission fees.

82. Farmer John Mural – 3049 East Vernon Avenue

This slaughterhouse was owned by the Farmer John sausage company until 2004 when Hormel purchased it.

The outside walls feature big, whimsical murals depicting scenes from country life on the farm.

A truly must see! You can’t go inside the walls, but you can drive by them or walk up and peruse them at your leisure.

83. Lake Hollywood – 2600 Lake Hollywood Drive

Lake Hollywood

Lake Hollywood – Source

A natural lake nestled in the Hollywood Hills that’s a favorite quiet spot for locals.

There is an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign from the lake.

It’s open from 5am-10pm daily and has BBQ pits, playground and picnic areas. Admission is free.

84. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery – 1218 Glendon Avenue

The Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood icons – like Eva Gabor, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood – and Ms. Marilyn Monroe.

It’s open during daylight hours and there is no map so you’ll just have to wander around and search for the famous graves.

85. Point Fermin Park – South Gaffey Street at 807 Paseo Del Mar

This is a beautiful cliff-top park that provides amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.

Other areas of interest in the park are the whale watching stations, telescopes and Victorian-era lighthouse. It’s open daily from 6am-10pm.

There is are no admission or parking fees.

86. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater – 1345 W. First Street

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Bob Baker Marionette Theater – Source

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater pays homage to the famous puppeteer Bob Baker.

With more than 3,000 puppets, the Theater offers a variety of performances and exhibits of these handcrafted treasures.

Performances are weekdays at 10:30am and 2:30pm on weekends. Admission is $15 per person and reservations are required.

87. Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway – Source

The Pacific Coast Highway spans some 600 miles of the Pacific Coast.

It’s been named one of the most scenic drives in the world. One side is mountains, the other is all ocean. There are so many breathtaking sights that you just have to experience them to believe them.

The best time to go is during daylight hours because that’s when you can see the sights and driving the winding curves is less dangerous.

88. Soap Plant – 1986 Melrose

Soap Plant

Soap Plant – Source

Soap Plant started as a totally handmade store featuring soaps, ceramics and other DIY projects in the 1970s.

They have expanded to carry a variety of pop culture items, too.

The building itself is worth seeing – it looks like a giant pinata with its colors, designs and textures. An odd place to go for cool stuff, Soap Plant is open daily from 10am-6pm.

89. La Salsa Man – La Salsa Restaurant 22800 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu

He’s kind of like the Chicken Boy we told you about earlier, except that he’s Hispanic, wears a sombrero and holds a tray of food that has disappeared over the years.

He’s on top of La Salsa Restaurant. See if you can find him!

90. Million Dollar Pharmacy – 301 S. Broadway

The Million Dollar Pharmacy is an herb boutique that specializes in folk remedies, herbs and ingredients for casting spells.

It also has a wide variety of ‘cures’ for sale. It’s a really interesting place for those interested in herbal cures and magic.

Hours vary, but they are usually open daily from 10am-6pm.

91. Dapper Cadaver – 7572 San Fernando Road

Dapper Cadaver

Dapper Cadaver – Source

If you need death-related movie props or just have a penchant for the macabre, the Dapper Cadaver is the place to go.

They have all kinds of oddities, from specimens in jars to vampire killing kits to bones, blood and gore.

They are open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm.

92. Pins and Needles – 1623 Allesandro Street

Pins and Needles houses a collection of vintage pinball machines from the 1970s/1980s.

It’s a really neat place to go for gamers, but their hours vary wildly.

Call 323 313 9449 before you go to check the times.

93. The Bunny Museum – 1933 Jefferson Dr

The Bunny Museum is a small building dedicated to all things bunny.

In all there are 28,000 bunny-themed items – including live ones, dead ones, stuffed ones and toy ones. Admission is $5 by appointment only.

Call 626-798-8848 for information.

94. Encounter Restaurant – 209 World Way

Encounter Restaurant

Encounter Restaurant – Source

Encounter Restaurant is a space themed restaurant in the shape of a UFO that gives a fantastic view of the Los Angeles skyline.

An elevator ride with sound effects takes you to the top. The Encounter is open daily from 4pm-9pm.

95. Pinks Hot Dogs – La Brea/Melrose

Pinks Hot Dogs

Pinks Hot Dogs – Source

Pinks Hog Dogs have been famous in Los Angeles since 1940 when they were sold from a push cart for ten cents.

Today, celebrities, locals and tourist flock to this modest little hot dog stand to partake of what most people argue are the best hot dogs in the world.

96. Aquarium of the Pacific – 100 Aquarium Way

The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits that detail marine life in the Pacific.

Admission ranges from $26-$60 for adults and $15-$33 for kids, depending on the inclusions you want in the tour.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open daily from 9am-6pm.

97. Descanso Gardens – 1418 Descanso Drive

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens – Source

Descanso Gardens is 160 acres of woodlands full of native flora. There is a train ride, gift shop, cafe and visitors center where different educational programs are put on throught the year.

They are open from 9am-5pm daily.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $3 for children aged 5-12. Those aged 4 and under are free.

98. Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Catalina Island – Source

Catalina Island is a gorgeous seaside village with lots to explore.

You can hike, lounge on the beach, ride a yacht or even dive to explore the ship wreckage sites below the water.

There’s an onsite museum that details the history of this lovely island and its hours vary by season.

99. Warner Bros. Studio – 3400 Riverside

Warner Bros. Studio

Warner Bros. Studio – Source

Get a 2.5 hour golf cart tour through some of the most exclusive areas in television production. The tours take you through backlots, sets and sound stages of many popular shows.

The 5 hour tour includes more access plus lunch. The 2.5 hour tour is $49 per person and the 5 hour tour is $250 per person.

Tours are given daily from 10am-5pm.

100. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills – Source

Beverly Hills is one of the most affluent areas of Los Angeles. It is home to some of California’s most expensive real estate as well as to the famous Rodeo Drive.

Many celebrities call Beverly Hills home and many of the houses are nestled behind large gated entrances. It’s a nice place to drive through and people watch.

101. Electric Dusk Drive-In – 4th Street and Broadway

A brand new drive-in theater opened in Los Angeles in October 2012. It’s on top of a parking garage and has a snack bar and carhops. It shows cult classic films. Admission is $13. This is a great bit of nostalgia not to be missed.

There you have them – 101 places to visit in Los Angeles. This list provides you with some of the most popular tourist destinations in the city as well as some of the least known and obscure.

When visiting some of the main attractions, it might be more prudent to walk from site to site as to avoid excessive parking fees. You could also opt for public transportation and tram services, which are also cheaper than parking in lots.

Most of the places on our list are family friendly and kid friendly as well, which is great for those who are traveling with kids. As with any other large city, just exercise common sense when out and about in Los Angeles by taking basic safety precautions. Happy traveling!