So you are planning a trip to LA; you have 3 months to soak in the sights and live like an Angeleno. Lucky you! Some things stay the same whether you are planning a 2-week or a 3-month trip; however, you have far more time on your hands, so you can visit and do more. We have compiled a list of some of the best things to do in the city of angels.
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Hike to the Hollywood Sign
You can see the Hollywood sign from your car, but it’s much more fun to hike there. The hike takes about 2 hours each way and is about 2 miles in total. You can start at any of these three locations: Beachwood Canyon, Griffith Park, or Mount Lee. You may be wondering where to park your car; thankfully, lots of cheaper monthly parking in Los Angeles is available through apps you can get directly to your phone. We would suggest booking a monthly parking spot as it will work out considerably cheaper. You can book a secure space and then use public transport when you don’t want the hassle of driving around.
Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway
If you’re looking for a way to get out of the city for a day or two, we recommend cruising the Pacific Coast Highway! You’ll be able to see the ocean and enjoy California’s beautiful coastline. If you don’t have a car, renting a car in Los Angeles is easy, and can be done with any major rental company in Los Angeles.
People watch at Venice Beach
I could spend days people-watching at Venice Beach. It’s a bustling place with plenty of locals, tourists, and colorful characters from all walks of life—all here to enjoy the sun, surf and sand.
This is where you can see street performers and musicians who will entertain you for hours on end. If you want to join in, there are many different activities to choose from yoga classes, skateboarding lessons, or even surfing lessons if you’re up for it!
Go to a taping of your favorite TV show
This is an excellent option if you’re a TV show fan and want to see what goes on behind the camera. You can get tickets online for shows filming in Los Angeles, often allowing you to watch the taping from a particular section reserved for people. Another option is to go directly to the studio where your favorite show films. If they’re not busy with another show’s taping at the time, they’ll let you in as long as you have proof that you’ve already purchased tickets online or through an agent.
Take an architectural tour in Downtown LA
You’ve got to see the architectural wonder that is downtown LA. The mix of old and new, modern and traditional, and European and American styles is unlike any other part of Los Angeles. It’s also an excellent place for exploring on foot.
Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood
The Museum of Broken Relationships is a unique museum that offers an emotional experience through the donated items of people who have experienced a relationship.
The museum is located on Hollywood Boulevard and open to the public, so your 3-month stay in Los Angeles could include a visit. The museum is free to enter, and there are events every Thursday at 7 pm that are also free and open to the public.
See a world-class concert at the Dolby Theatre
A visit to the Dolby Theatre is a must for any music lover. It has since hosted hundreds of concerts and events, including awards ceremonies like the Emmys and Oscars.
Although concerts at the Dolby Theatre are not cheap—single tickets start at $40—it’s worth paying extra for premium seats if you have time to spare before your flight departs from LAX airport.
Run down Main Street at Santa Monica Pier
Running down Main Street at Santa Monica Pier is a fun way to get some exercise. You can do it at any time of day, but be sure to bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen if you head out in the afternoon or evening.
If you’re feeling up to it after your run, take advantage of being close to the ocean by stopping off at one of the many restaurants or bars that line this charming street.
Catch a Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium or a Lakers and Clippers game at Staples Center.
There is no better way to spend a weekend afternoon than at a Dodgers game. Dodger Stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, where you can enjoy the beautiful weather and take some baseball action. You can find tickets for as little as $5 on Stubhub.
For those who like basketball more than baseball, Staples Center has the Lakers and Clippers games on several nights during the week. As with any Laker game, there will be celebrities everywhere!
Surf lessons in Malibu
There are multiple options in Malibu if you want to learn how to surf. It can be expensive if you’re looking for a more traditional surfing experience—where you go out with a group of people and learn from an instructor. But if you prefer a more casual approach, there are plenty of places where you can rent boards and try them on your own. The prices range from $20–$60 per hour (depending on whether or not the board is included) but can be cheaper if the board is part of an all-day package or if it’s your first time surfing.
There is so much to do in Los Angeles
There is so much to do in Los Angeles; you’ll never be bored! LA is a city of diversity. You can find people from all over the world on any given day here. There are many more places to visit, but these are my favorites. And just for fun, here are the things not to do in LA.
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