Los Angeles: A city known for its diverse culture scene, its role in the history of entertainment in America and (least favorably), its traffic. While this epicenter of activity houses innumerable destinations, activities and entertainment to thrill any and all travelers, there is only so much time in one day. Below is a list of destinations that will contribute to a quintessential LA experience.
Tip: Renting a bike to get around the city is a great way to become immersed in the local culture, and will help you save energy and time between destinations (plus, you won’t have to spend money on cab fare). With cycling becoming a popular way to get around, bike lanes have become prevalent throughout the city.
1. Rodeo Dr.
This tour begins in the center of Beverly Hills, with a walk down iconic Rodeo Drive. With a clear focus on a luxurious shopping experience, this street is full of designer fashion shops and high-end restaurants. Have no fear! This renowned street can still be enjoyed without spending a dime: window shopping here can be even more fun than seriously shopping (and is completely free!).
2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Just an 18-minute bike ride (56-minute walk) from Rodeo Drive, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) sits on 20 acres of land. Spread throughout multiple buildings on the campus, this collection of art is curated to represent LA’s unique history and culture. Admission is free for children under the age of 17 and costs only $15 for non-member adults. Admission is free for all guests on the second Tuesday of every month and on select holidays. The museum also caters to groups, so if traveling with a sizable party ask about the discounted rates.
3. Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd Street
Only a five-minute bike ride from the museum, this wildly-popular, open-air market offers plenty of fresh produce and snacks to satisfy any appetite, as well as other specialty vendors. Conveniently placed in the middle of this list, this stop on our Los Angeles tour provides the perfect opportunity to relax and take some time to refuel. This place is often frequented by celebrities who live nearby, so you never know who you may run in to!
4. The Grove Dr.
You’ll only have to be on your bike for one minute to reach The Grove from the Farmers Market (or you could walk for six minutes). Often considered an extension of the Farmer’s Market due to its proximity, this shopping street is bustling with tourists and locals, and offers a more affordable shopping experience when compared to Rodeo Drive. With restaurants, a movie theater and other sources of entertainment (including pop-up shops and special social events), there’s always something interesting going on.
5. Hollywood Walk of Fame
A 19-minute bike ride from the Grove, this destination is the icing on the cake, and truly tops off this LA destinations list. A long-standing Los Angeles icon, this sidewalk attraction is free to explore, and star ceremonies are held twice a month, on average. Walk in the footsteps of countless celebrities on this star-studded stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, and become a part of this historically and culturally significant tradition.
Don’t be afraid to explore the multitude of destinations in Los Angeles. When visiting a major city, there are likely to be overwhelming new stimulants and surroundings. The goal is not to experience every last thing the city has to offer (you’d need a lot more time than one day), but to explore and make time to do the things that interest you the most.