50 Ultimate Things to Do in Los Angeles

Our guide to the best things to do and see in Los Angeles, California.

Forget everything negative you’ve heard about Los Angeles. Yes, there’s Hollywood, goat yoga, and green juice for miles, but L.A. is so much more than its woo-woo side. It’s home to a widely diverse population, sprawls for miles across beachscapes and cityscapes, and is more unique, weird, and wonderful than one would expect. And you may even spot a celebrity. You may have heard that L.A. is all traffic and highway, but with 30 square miles, a lot of Los Angeles attractions are worth the trek. Yes, the freeways spread out across the city like a spiderweb, and the gridlock can cause your blood pressure to spike, but there’s also a million things to do and see. Worried about driving? There are trains to take you from Downtown to the beach, from Universal Studios to Exposition Park. Bike lanes, metro bike share, and ride shares like Uber and Lyft extend from Pasadena to Long Beach. Related: How to Drive in Los Angeles Sure, there are pockets of Los Angeles that are insanely expensive (hello aspirational living), but it’s a huge city, and you’ll find plenty of affordable (if not inexpensive!) places to stay, eat, and play. This is the place where dreams meet reality; plastic meets pavement; and on any given day your life can be changed forever. So how do find a little tinsel for yourself when you visit this town? Follow our guide of where to go and what to see in this City of Angels. Related: 12 Things Not to Do in Los Angeles WHAT’S THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT LOS ANGELESThe rumors are true: it’s pretty much sunny and warm all year long in Los Angeles. However, July through September can be swelteringly hot. September through December can bring the Santa Ana Winds, which are warm gusts that generated added fire danger. And December through February can occasionally be rainy. Plus, February and March are awards season, which can bump up hotel prices in some areas. Before visiting Los Angeles, please review the latest information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for updated advice and information on COVID restrictions.