No matter the time of year, Los Angeles, California is an exciting tourism spot offering a good dose of sunshine, numerous famous landmarks and an escape to get a taste of the true Hollywood lifestyle.
Los Angeles also has a robust cannabis industry with hundreds of medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries open to the public thanks to Proposition 64 that passed in November 2016. Although California has always been a hotbed for marijuana, fast forward to January 2018 when adult-use sales began and the City of Angels quickly became an even more well-known tourist spot to enjoy some quality green.
Whether or not you partake, don’t miss out on the massive array of places to visit and things to do. For example, check out the world famous Disneyland Park and experience unparalleled magic with the whole family. Take a trip to view the iconic Hollywood sign pose for Instagram-worthy shots. Spend an afternoon shopping just like the stars on Rodeo Drive and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course, if you’re in need for some sun, simply head to the coast to experience the quirky Venice Beach and the beautiful Santa Monica Pier.
While in Los Angeles, make time to explore the amazing sights of Little Tokyo and its unique Japanese-American culture housed in this five-block locale. There’s no shortage of delicious restaurants, top-rated hotels and historic museums. There are also a variety of specialty shops to collect one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Next, head to Chinatown which hosts exciting events, especially around the Chinese New Year in February. If you’re here in the summertime, you must check out Chinatown Summer Nights where you can experience cultural cuisine and fun hands-on cultural crafting.
Silver Lake is a must-see for any nature lover in Los Angeles. You can spend a relaxing afternoon walking the Silver Lake Reservoir loop and taking in the stunning view of the San Gabriel Mountains. After, enjoy the local fare with artisan coffee shops and seafood restaurants serving up fresh local fish, oysters and more. Silver Lake is also known as a very hip part of L.A. so be sure to check out the trendy shops that specialize in offering customers a bohemian aesthetic.
Marina del Rey is the perfect spot to stay for an adventure in the sun. There are a variety of water activities available from paddle boarding to parasailing. You can take sailing lessons and uncover your inner captain or take to the deck on a harbor cruise. In the summertime, check out the irresistible food truck festivals.
The famous and ever-popular Beverly Hills neighborhood offers luxury hotels and upscale shopping on Rodeo Drive that might give you a little sticker-shock. Visit the Beverly Gardens Park, one of the many events and concerts at the famous 1920s Greystone Mansion or the celebrity-ridden Beverly Hills Hotel. Don’t forget to enjoy one of the many award-winning restaurants sprinkled around town.
A visit to Disneyland Park should be on everyone’s bucket list. The magic is palpable in the air, filled with laughter and the smell of fresh popcorn and sweets. Enjoy an exciting day visiting Sleeping Beauty’s castle then meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse at their home in Toontown. Take a photo in front of the iconic Mickey-clad ferriswheel then end your day at the park with Disneyland After Dark!
Visit the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame right in middle of Los Angeles. This is the perfect spot to take great photos with the stars of your favorite Hollywood actors. Check out their website first so you can see any upcoming or recent additions and possibly even attend a new star ceremony! Best of all, this attraction is free.
Spend the day with your head in the stars at Griffith Observatory with loads of different activities to try. You can view the planets and stars or watch a special show where scientists discuss a variety of topics centered on astronomy. Join the folks of Los Angeles for a Star Party on the lawn of Griffith Observatory where you can use their telescopes to view the stars (or bring your own telescope to the party). If you’re simply looking to get outside, hike the Brush Canyon Trail (6.4 miles) or the easier Hollyridge Trail (3.5 miles) to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of L.A.
Universal Studios Hollywood is the perfect place to take the whole family for a day of fun. This famous theme park is packed with thrilling rides and attractions based on movies and television shows that allow the magic of the silver screen to come to life. Perhaps the greatest attraction of this park is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where the books and movies we love are made into reality.
The most famous California original theme park is none other than Knott’s Berry Farm. This sprawling theme park is home to dozens of attractions including rides and live performances. You can also seek relief from the heat by taking a dip at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. This park is perfect for the whole family to enjoy rides and meet the characters of the famous Peanuts cartoons.
One of the more well known dispensaries in the state (and across the country) is MedMen who will capture your eye with its neon signs, clean branding and quality products. Step inside their beautiful stores and experience touch-screens helping you buy high-end products like edibles, topicals, bath bombs and more. With 4 locations in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, LAX Airport and West Hollywood), they make it easy to shop the best of the best.
The Farmacy Westwood is a recreational dispensary located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is a popular go-to spot for great deals and a large selection of flower, edibles, concentrates and vape cartridges. No matter what your marijuana needs are, their friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to providing you with the best possible experience in town. Address: 1035 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles
From 2006 in Hollywood to 2019 in Venice Beach, Hollyweed is one of the original recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. This approachable shop offers a wide range of products varying from flower and pre-rolls to concentrates and edibles. With high ratings, many special discounts for customers and delivery. Address: 5158-5160 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles 90019
Spend a day shopping like a star at the world-famous Rodeo Drive. Here, you can satiate your need for all things high fashion with shops including Gucci, Balenciaga, Fendi and more. After you shop ‘till you drop, visit one of the many fine restaurants on Rodeo Drive. You can enjoy a cocktail at Bar Nineteen12 or dine at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT restaurant. If you’re feeling fancy and you want to look fancy to match, get a complete makeover at The Salon by Maxime.
The Grove is a premium shopping spot that has everything you’ll need in one place. From American Girl Place to Barneys New York, you can find lux goods that cater to everyone in the family. After a day of shopping, unwind with dinner and a movie. If you want to catch a flick, book online for combined dinner reservations at one of the high-end restaurants on The Grove grounds.
Hollywood & Highland is the perfect place for a relaxed family day of shopping and fun. Shopping on the premises includes all of the shopping mall staples like Sephora, Starbucks and Forever 21. After loading up on all the essentials, you can enjoy an exciting dining experience with restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Dave & Buster’s. Check out the historic TCL Chinese Theatre and you may be able to score tickets to an IMAX film!
The Palm Los Angeles is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a classy dining experience with new spins on old classics. The best time to visit The Palm Los Angeles is during Summer Lobster where you can make reservations to enjoy a premium three-course lobster dinner. They also feature signature dishes like chicken parmigiana and jumbo shrimp cocktail. The Palms makes it easy to earn awesome rewards with their 837 Club.
Howlin’ Ray’s is renowned for bringing the delicious Nashville hot chicken to Los Angeles. This incredible spot offers real Nashville hot chicken with a choice of all the fixins’ like macaroni salad, collard greens and vinegar slaw. Howlin’ Ray’s makes it easy to feed the whole family with family-style options featuring whole chickens or a mess of wings. If you’re in a rush, pick up a sandwich with a special house sauce and the classic pickles.
Red Bird is the perfect spot for an afternoon brunch with friends. The airy ambiance is relaxing and reflective of the fresh and natural menu. Red Bird chefs thoughtfully crafted menu offers modern takes of comfort cuisine from around the world. Perhaps the most exciting menu at Red Bird is their impressive brunch cocktail list.
Baroo offers a unique dining experience with primary entrees that are new takes on classic Buddhist monk bowls. You can pair a bowl with an in-house brewed kombucha. Baroo also offers a beautiful variety of pickled vegetables and give diners the option to buy a jar of pickled vegetables to take home. Be sure to try one their delectable desserts ranging from mochi to cookies.