Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List

Los Angeles is a sprawling city with a lot to do! For that reason, I’ve listed out the Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List mostly by region, with a couple exceptions. I recommend planning your time in Los Angeles by what’s close. If you need to drive from one area to another it’s probably best to think of it as a day trip and to always allow at least an extra half hour extra to get there on time.

Downtown and Central Los Angeles

Visit California Plaza.

Eat an Original French Dip at Cole’s.

Visit Grand Central Market.

Discover Grand Park.

Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

See a live performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl is the worlds

  Eat in Koreatown.

  Visit Little Tokyo.

  Take in the sights from the Observation Deck at City Hall.

  Stroll Olvera Street.

  Ice skate at Pershing Square (seasonal).

  Try an Original French Dip at Philippe The Original.

  Visit the Broad, a museum of contemporary art.

  Wonder the Last Bookstore.

  Look at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Gingerbread Village (seasonal).

  Take a train or a bus to or from Union Station.

  See a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Shop & Eat at Grand Central Market.

Photograph Angeles Flight.

Museum Row

See the La Brea Tar Pits around Hancock Park.

Visit La Brea Tar Pits Museum.

Fully immerse into a world of art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

See the Public Art “Urban Light” at night.

Appreciate the rich automotive history, and iconic film cars as only LA can deliver at Peterson Automotive Museum.

Exposition Park

  Discover the California Science Center.

  Take in Exposition Park.

  Walk around as much of the LA Coliseum as possible.

  Discover the Natural History Museum.

  Stroll in the rose garden.

  Visit the butterfly garden (seasonal).

Urban Parks

  Hike the trails in Griffith Park.

Observatory at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, United States -Take a Trip Amy

Learn at Griffith Observatory.

Climb Mount Hollywood.

Hike around Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

Explore the many trails at Eaton Canyon.

LA Zoo Lights (seasonal).


Photograph the Colorado Street Bridge on Route 66.

Tour the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

JPL Mission Control Center

Shop and dine in Old Town Pasadena.

The Westside

Walk around Beverly Hills.

Visit Beverly Gardens Park.

Photograph Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills -the hotel from Pretty Woman.

Dine at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills.

Window shop on Rodeo Drive.

Take a hike in the Pacific Palisades.

See the Getty.

Hang out, shop, and photograph the Santa Monica Pier.

Walk, shop, drink, or dine on the Third Street Promenade.

Go to the holiday boat parade at Marina del Rey.

Visit Muscle Beach.

Rent bikes and ride from Santa Monica to Venice Beach along the Bike path.

Stroll the Venice Canal Historic District.

The San Gabriel Valley

Wonder the Huntington Gardens.

Find out how Sriracha is made at Huy Fong Foods, Inc.

Get lost in the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Eat Dim Sum in the San Gabriel Valley.

Salsa and Bachata at The Granada LA.

The San Fernando Valley

Visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

Discover what’s inside It’s a Wrap Production.

Photograph the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

Take a hike from Lake Hollywood Park, down around Lake Hollywood Reservoir for a photo op, great fitness, and beautiful views.


Experience Disney California Adventure Park

Roz in the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue Ride.
Roz in the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue Ride.

  Play in Disneyland Park.

Dancing with Louis at Disneyland
Dancing with Louis at Disneyland

Shop Downtown Disney District

Costa Mesa

Play with Canon Cameras in the Canon Experience Center.

Festivals and Events

K-Town Night Market – a local festival featuring businesses around korea town, food trucks, and food stalls.

626 Night Market – Each summer, this night market appears. It is inspired by the night markets of Asia, with hundreds of food vendors. Performers and retailers also take part.

Sevenstock – An annual festival for rotary engine enthusiast hosted by Mazda each autumn.


Go to In-N-Out for a tasty burger.

Attend a film screening.

Be part of a live studio audience.

Do you have another favorite Los Angeles Experience? If so, be sure to leave a note with your favorite Los Angeles attractions.

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