With 20-plus available rotations in California, AMOpportunities students may find themselves in Los Angeles on a day off. A constantly expanding city with diverse options can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help students navigate the city, we at AMOpportunities have compiled a list of 10 places to visit, things to do, and grab to eat in the City of Angels.
Places to Visit
1. Griffith Observatory
A perfect location for viewing downtown L.A. and the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory is a staple for tourists. The building is layered with balconies that allow for optimal viewing. The Observatory’s green lawns invite picnicking. If astronomy is your thing, the observatory is equipped with telescopes and hosts viewing events on certain clear evenings.
2. Santa Monica Pier
A perfect place to visit during evenings, Santa Monica Pier has an incredible view of the sunset from the boardwalk or Ferris Wheel. The pier is home to arcade games, rides, carnival food, and even an aquarium. If none of that sparks your interest, the street performers there might.
3. The Art District
Made of refurbished warehouses, the downtown Art District is home to artist studios that sell their work. As impressive as these spaces may be, the main appeal of the art district is the murals which coat the brick buildings. Visitors can view these murals as they meander from studio to studio.
4. The Hollywood Walk of Fame
The perfect location for a photo, the Hollywood Walk of Fame pays tribute to celebrities of past and present alike. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, made of stars that cover the sidewalks, make a path around downtown L.A. Visitors who have their heart set on seeing the star of their favorite singer or actor can find its location here.
Things to Do
5. Walk/Bike The Strand
Also known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, The Strand is a path that covers over twenty miles along the coast. Most visitors bike the path, but its scenic route makes it a good place to go for a walk, even if you stop short of the full 22 miles.
6. Hike Runyon Canyon
If walking and biking are too tame, L.A. visitors can go hiking at Runyon Canyon. The Canyon features a 3-mile loop that takes an average of one and a half hours to trek. The trail offers a paved path for leisure hiking and a dirt path for an even more authentic outdoor experience.
7. Take a Hollywood Homes Tour
If hiking, walking, and biking are not of interest, a tour of Hollywood homes can be both entertaining and leisurely. While there are many agencies that provide this experience, book a spot in advance as spots fill up quickly.
Where to Eat
8. Grand Central Market
Located in the heart of downtown L.A, Grand Central Market is the perfect afternoon stop during a day of shopping or sight-seeing. The market brings together food vendors that represent L.A.’s diverse culture. In addition to food, the market is home to a handful of small shops. Arguably the best part, the market’s low prices allow visitors to try an array of foods that test their taste buds.
A trip to L.A. would not be complete without grabbing a bite from a food truck. Among the truck-anchored city blocks, visitors might find Coolhaus, which sells ice-cream sandwiches with surprising flavor combinations. To find out where the truck is now, click here.
Last but not least, visitors to the West Coast cannot leave without stopping at In-N-Out. Known for its burgers, hand-cut fries, and thick milkshakes, the chain is loved by locals and tourists alike. If you have trouble deciding what to get, In-N-Out’s simple, no-nonsense menu can help you.
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