Ultimate guide to Los Angeles for travel planning. Los Angeles is 469 square miles; the city goes on and on and on. It is a collection of neighborhoods connecting desert, mountains and ocean. You will see Victorian homes, mansions, Art Deco, skyscrapers and everything in between. Los Angeles is the city of dreams. It has a population of over 4 million. Actors, musicians, artists, stylists, celebrity chefs coexist with surfers, hippies and businessmen. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US. It has plenty of attractions; here are over 101+ things to see, do and eat in Los Angeles for an unforgettable trip.

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Downtown

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Downtown

Attend the Downtown Art Walk

Ride Skyspace, a glass slide 1,000 ft above the city

Check out the abandoned Angels Flight Railway

Take a photo of DTLA from the Observation Deck at City Hall

Play in the fountain at Grand Park

Attend Afternoon Tea at Millennium Biltmore DTLA

Browse the Last Bookstore

Check out the wrought iron staircases at the Bradbury Building

Have an impromptu photo shoot at Union Station

Wander the stalls on Olvera Street

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Olvera Street

Olvera Street

Stay at the haunted Cecil Hotel, inspiration for a season of American Horror Story

Shop in the Fashion District, Toy District or (my favorite) Jewelry District

Take a historic tour of Broadway’s art deco buildings and theaters

Wander Angelino Heights admiring the old Victorian homes

Take in the view of DTLA from Vista Hermosa Natural Park

See a Broadway play at Pantages Theatre

Take a tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Spend some time at the Grammy Museum

Check out Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at the Broad Museum

Have a beer at Angel City Brewery

Explore Chinatown’s temples

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Chinatown


See a Lakers Game at the Staples Center

Watch at a game and eat a Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium

Paddle boat around Echo Park

Buy a snack at the Farmers Market

Grab an ice cream at McConnells in Grand Central Market

Eat ramen and check out the public gardens in Little Tokyo

Have a French Dip at Philippe the Original and buy some hot mustard as a souvenir

Have lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria

Have a cocktail on the roof of Skybar Mondrian, The Standard, or Perch Los Angeles

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Silverlake

Wander the shops and coffee houses of Sunset Junction

Check out the street art

Admire the Chandelier Tree

Explore Laurel and Hardy’s famous music box steps

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Silverlake

Silver Lake Music Box Steps

Grab a gelato at Pazzo

Attend the Silver Lake Picture Show

Stop in Barnsdall Park for views of DTLA, the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Hollywood

Pretend to ‘walk the carpet’ at Mann’s Chinese Theater and compare your hands and feet to some of Hollywood’s famous

Take a picture with The Four Ladies of Hollywood

See a movie at El Capitan Theatre

Take a photo of the iconic Capitol Records Tower

Shop for records at Amoeba Music

Take a picture with your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame

Explore the Museum of Broken Relationships

Drive up Canyon Lake Drive for a great view of the Hollywood sign

Walk the Beachwood Canyon Stairs and explore old Hollywood

Check the public art in LA’s metro, start with the Hollywood station

Watch the taping of one of your favorite shows, get in line early

Watch a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Have a Pink’s hot dog

Spend the night in the haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Spend a day at Universal Studios, be sure to get butter beer in Harry Potters World

Take a tour of Paramount Studios

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Hollywood Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Hike to the Hollywood sign, be on the lookout for rattlesnakes

Hike the famous Runyon Canyon, be on the lookout for celebrities

Take pictures of Downtown LA from the Griffith Observatory

Look through the telescope at Griffith Observatory

Ride the Griffith Park carousel

Check out the graffiti in Griffith Park’s abandoned zoo

Have lunch at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Drive up Mullholland to see how the celebrities live and take in the great city views

Tour the Stahl House and pretend you live there

Catch a stand-up show at Upright Citizens Brigade

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: WEHO/Sunset Strip

Shop vintage on Melrose

See the famous clubs that launched many careers: The Whiskey a Go Go, The Rainbow, The Rocks, The Troubadour

Shop at Sunset Plaza and have lunch at Chin Chin

Explore Chateau Marmont and dream of old Hollywood

Have a picnic lunch at Greystone Mansion

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion

Check out the Guitar Center Rock Walk

Have a burger at the Sunset Grill

Shop the Fairfax Farmers Market

Shop at The Grove

Check out the Urban Light installation and Rain Room at the LA County Museum of Art

Hang out at a rooftop pool and listen to music all day, watch for celebrities!

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Beverly Hills

Take a photo with the Beverly Hills sign

Take a photo of Beverly Hills City Hall

Window shop on Rodeo Drive

Take a picture with Robert Graham’s Torso

Have a Pretty Women moment at the Beverly Wilshire

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive, Robert Graham’s Torso and the Beverly Wilshire

Buy a cupcake from the Sprinkles ATM

Have lunch poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Dance around the Electric Fountain singing the Go-Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed

Take a photo of the Spadena House

Buy a map to the stars homes and do some searching, you never know who you will see

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Santa Monica

Join the locals walking the Santa Monica Stairs

Spend some time admiring the art at The Getty Center

Go to trapeze school

Wander the art galleries at Bergamot Station

Ride the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pacific Park

Check out Santa Monica Camera Obscura

Go swimming at Annenberg Community Beach House

Relax in Palisades Park listening to the ocean’s waves

Watch a game of chess in Santa Monica International Chess Park

Watch the street performers at the Third Street Promenade

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Venice

Admire the street art scene

Have your palm read

Watch the Venice Beach Freakshow

Work out at Muscle Beach, or watch others work out

Jam during the Venice Beach Drum Circle

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Venice


Roller blade the boardwalk to Santa Monica

Explore the Venice Canals

Shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Check out the Mosaic Tile House at 1116 Palms Blvd

Watch a turtle race at Brennan’s Pub

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Malibu

Have Tea by the Sea at The Getty Villa

Explore the Malibu Temple

Shop at Malibu Country Mart

Explore the Adamson House Museum

Watch the surfers at Surfrider Beach or Zuma Beach

Have an ice cream and stroll Malibu Pier

Spend a day in the sun at Leo Carrillo State Beach

Explore the rocks at El Matador Beach

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Malibu


Have a cocktail at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

Eat fish and chips at Neptune’s Net

Check out the homes along Malibu Colony Road

Hike Point Mugu State Park

Hike Escondido Falls to Malibu’s waterfall

Check out Malibu Creek State Park, where MASH was taped

Hike Paramount Ranch’s Old Western Set

Hike to Parker Mesa Overlook for amazing views of the coastline

Hike through mansion wild fire ruins at Solstice Canyon

Hike to the Corral Canyon graffiti cave

Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles: Misc

Grab a donut and take a photo at the iconic Randy’s Donuts

Tour the Watt’s Tours

Take a day trip to Santa Catalina Island


Visit the Los Angeles Tourism Board at Discover Los Angeles for a calendar of events

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Ultimate guide to Los Angeles to plan your perfect escape to the city of dreams. 101+ things to see, do and eat in Los Angeles for an unforgettable trip.