Los Angeles is a city of many faces. From the glamour and glitz of Hollywood to the sunny beaches of Santa Monica, there's something for everyone in LA. If you're looking for a weekend getaway that's full of culture, adventure, and relaxation, look no further than these top four things to do in Los Angeles.
See L.A. from above at Griffith Park
What is it? A 4,000-plus–acre rugged park in the center of the city.
Why go? The trails, the flora, the views, the howls of coyotes down the canyons at night, the twinkly lights of Downtown in the distance—L.A. may not have a grassy, centralized park, but Griffith’s massive, hilly wilderness makes for a stellar alternative.
Pedal around Echo Park Lake
A former reservoir turned public recreation area at the center of one of L.A.’s most buzzing neighborhoods.
Why go? The historic Echo Park Lake in recent years finally became a family-friendly destination worthy of its bold backdrop: the Downtown skyline amid the lotus flower blooms, fountains, and the Lady of the Lake statue.
Ride the tram up to the Getty Center
A free hilltop art museum with a rolling lawn overlooking the ocean.
From the ocean to the mountains northeast of Downtown L.A., the panoramic views from this artopolis more than compensate for its relative inaccessibility (you need to ride a tram to the museum). So too do the masterpieces on display, particularly its Impressionist paintings and baroque and French decorative arts.
Walk along the Venice Canals
A series of small canals run through the beachfront neighborhood—hence the name, Venice.
Tucked between the grimy Venice Boardwalk and the posh Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals offer a completely different side of the famed beachfront neighborhood. Take a stroll through these three canal-lined blocks and you’ll discover an idyllic scene with arching pedestrian bridges, charming (and astronomically priced) beach houses, and bunches of ducklings.
At Topper Motel, art enthusiasts can enjoy a unique cultural experience with a stunning view of the ocean. The hilltop museum is home to an impressive collection of masterpieces, including renowned Impressionist paintings and decorative arts from the baroque and French periods. To reach the museum, visitors must take a scenic tram ride. The journey is well worth it for the breathtaking views and exceptional art on display.
For a change of pace, visitors can also explore the Venice Canals. This charming neighborhood offers a stark contrast to the bustling Venice Boardwalk and posh Abbot Kinney. Stroll through the three blocks of canal-lined streets and discover idyllic scenery complete with arched bridges, picturesque beach houses, and playful ducklings. The Venice Canals are a peaceful escape from the bustling beachfront, offering a serene and unforgettable experience.