10 Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

10 Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

Discover 10 awesome things to do in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is the capital city of California. It is friggin MASSIVE.

Needless to say, there are a huge amount of things to do there. Unfortunately, I was only there for three days. Los Angeles is very spread out. I recommend hiring a car to see everything.

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles

1. Go to Downtown Los Angeles

The first thing on my list of awesome things to do in Los Angeles was to go downtown. A general walk around to get a feel of the City of Angels.

From downtown, you can make your way to anywhere in the city via the bus system. I was staying with a friend from summer camp which was about a 2-hour journey away from downtown. When I finally got to her place she had gone to the station to pick me up.

Getting to Downtown Los Angeles From The Main Bus Station
Walk straight across the road and get on the bus number 60 or 62.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Downtown LA

Via Pixabay.

2. Venice Beach

I didn’t go here on this trip but checked it out the last time I was in Los Angeles. It is definitely worth a visit.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Venice Beach

Via Pixabay.

3. Warner Brother’s Studio

There’s a bunch of movie studios you can tour in Los Angeles. I picked Warner Brother’s for the convenience of location.

It was an early start but my friend had lent me her car for the day.

It was $55 for about 2 hours, and it was quite a small tour group. I saw the Friends set, the Warner Bros Museum, a Car museum, and a lot of other interesting stuff. It was a good tour.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Warner Brothers Studio

Outdoors set in Warner Bros Studios.

4. Angeles National Forest

After the Warner Brothers tour, I picked up my friend from work. We went for an afternoon drive in Angeles National Forest. It was hot so we didn’t hike, but it was a very nice drive. The mountains reminded me of Guatemala.

Awesome Things to do in Los Angeles, Angeles National Forest

A waterfall we swam at inside Angeles National Forrest. By U.S. Forest Service – Angeles NF and San Gabriel Mtns. National Monument [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

5. City Walk

That evening we went to City Walk, which is also where Universal Studios is. It was nice for dinner and a look around.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, City Walk

By Boris Dzhingarov [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Santa Monica National Park

We went to Santa Monica with the intent to go climbing. By the time we found the site we wanted to climb at we ran out of time so went for a swim instead. The journey to get to the rock-face was a decent hike/traverse through Santa Monica National Park. I was happy with it.

We went swimming in a place called Rockpool. It was a nice site with people cliff jumping. Santa Monica National Park is in many movies. They also shot the M.A.S.H. series there. You can visit the site but we didn’t have time.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Santa Monica National Park

By Jim Belsley (National Park Service) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Hip Hop Gangsta Tours

Next, we drove into Hollywood so I could go on a Hip Hop Gangster tour to start at 1400. They take you to the childhood homes of many famous rappers like Easy E and Snoop. You also get to go through Compton, South Central, and other “gangsta” territories.

I grew up listening to NWA in my early teen years so I was looking forward to this tour. When I arrived the guy told me two people had bailed so there weren’t enough people to run it.

He must have seen my disappointment because he gave me a tour of the stars homes for free. HipHopTours – (310) 722 3737. 6326 Hollywood Bvd.

Awesome Things to do in Los Angeles. Gangsta Tours.

Across the road from the Hip Hop Tours sales booth.

8. Tour of the Stars Homes

This was better than I thought it would be. You see lots of celebrity homes and a few of the major points around the area. The guide also tells you the history of LA. The only fault was that there was no top on the bus. It was hot and who knows what happens if it rains.

The guy that runs the thing at the booth was cool. Besides letting me on the tour for free, I overheard his phone conversation with his mate. It was about how he was going to one of his stripper friends swingers party. After he got off he told me that there was a pussy eating contest there. He wasn’t partaking, but he was going to watch.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Tour of the Stars

Via Pixabay.

9. Chinese Theater

After that tour, I met back up with my friends and went for a walk to the Chinese Theatre. It’s where all the stars put their footprints in cement. We also had a general look around Hollywood.

Awesome Things to do in Los Angeles. Formerly the Chinese Theatre

Formally the famous Chinese Theater. See all the hand impressions of the Hollywood Stars.

10. Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is the last thing on my list of awesome things to do in Los Angeles. It is where Julia Roberts goes shopping in Pretty Woman.

Awesome Things to Do in Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive

Via Pixabay.

Getting From San Diego to Los Angeles

The San Diego bus station is tiny considering San Diego is such a large city. I walked there from town but you can catch the tram to Imperial and 12th and the station is right next door.

I had a ticket to LA for 1115 but got there at like 0945. They let me on the 1015 bus. Note that there is security so put all your sharps in your luggage that you intend to stow underneath the bus. I arrived in Los Angeles main depot early afternoon.

The main bus depot in Los Angeles felt like a rough neighborhood. I was speaking to some guy on the street and he had actually moved to South Central because it was safer!

There are other Greyhound stations to go to, e.g., West Hollywood. I recommend these. I would not want to be in the area of the downtown greyhound for too long, or at all at night.

Next Stop… San Francisco, California
Continuing my journey up the West Coast of the United States, I caught a bus to San Francisco.

I got dropped off at the Hollywood Greyhound station. It is in a much better area than downtown, but the bus Greyhound didn’t turn up in time.

I would have missed my connection at the Downtown station but I managed to hitch a ride with some family. The chick had a few gang tatts but they were all very nice.

Got anything to add to this list of awesome things to do in Los Angeles? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say) in the comments.

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Comments ( 11 )
  1. Jocelyn
    October 28, 2017 at 20:20

    I head to LA semi-frequently to see my partner’s dad, but I’ve never done the City Walk or headed to Angeles National park. I’m adding those to my to do list!

    • Bert Luxing
      October 29, 2017 at 06:14

      Great. Would love to hear what you think of them in the future ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  2. Zoรซ
    October 28, 2017 at 23:25

    wow a few things that i weren’t expecting to read came up in this article haha! otherwise, i wish i had seen this list before i did my trip to la as i didn’t realise there was so much to explore. although brief, i really enjoyed my time there and im sure if people follow your list, they’ll enjoy their time too.

    • Bert Luxing
      October 29, 2017 at 06:13

      I need to go back there too. It’s such a big city and I was only there a short time too ๐Ÿ™

  3. Gaby
    October 29, 2017 at 03:35

    I would love to visit los angeles some day – it’s definitely on my bucket list. The national park looks amazing.. Thanks for sharing your visit ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bert Luxing
      October 29, 2017 at 06:12

      I’m not a fan of big cities so the National Park was one of my favorite things to do there.

  4. Ingrid
    October 29, 2017 at 23:11

    The Los Angeles you offer seems like an ideal tourist destination. for one like me who likes is interested in the lives of the stars and movie making the Warner Brothers studio will be the first place I would like to visit.The National Forest and The National Park would be next in line because I like to be immersed in nature. I find it inspiring and soothing.

    • Bert Luxing
      October 30, 2017 at 05:08

      Nature is my favorite too! Thank for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  5. Luci
    October 30, 2017 at 13:31

    If I ever get a chance to go to LA I would got to all of these places. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Esperanza Scotto
    October 30, 2017 at 19:24

    I am thinking of planning a trip to LA soon so this is perfect! Thanks for this awesome list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bert Luxing
      October 31, 2017 at 05:28

      Your welcome!

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