Los Angeles: the city that everyone wants to visit. Located in California, Los Angeles is the center of one of the biggest movie industries in the world: Hollywood. It is the center of the nation’s film and television industry with some of the biggest studios such as the Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. These studios have produced some of the biggest movies the world has ever seen. Los Angeles is also home to the iconic Hollywood sign and other attractions. If you want to travel to Los Angeles but have no company, do not fret because there are many things to do over the weekend in the city. If you’re traveling solo, keep reading for the most amazing things to do alone in Los Angeles.
This amazing tour of two-and-a-half hours takes you to visit the iconic Hollywood sign. Hike through the Hollywood hills while taking in the mesmerizing scenery. You can choose either the morning or sunset departure. Whatever you choose, you will be stunned and amazed at the beauty of the place. You will pass by the Los Angeles River and stop at some of the most iconic places including the Griffith Observatory, the Griffith Park, and the iconic Hollywood sign. From Tiffany Point, click a photograph that will feature on your social media platforms. With this tour, you will understand how Hollywood became the center point of entertainment in the world.
Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
2. See the animals at Los Angeles Zoo
If you’re someone who loves visiting zoos, Los Angeles Zoo will not disappoint! With a variety of wild animals from around the world, you can spend a full day taking in this museum! Make sure to visit their critically endangered California condors that are raised and released into the wild to help rebuild the wild population. With a multitude of exhibits featuring animals from every continent including elephants, tigers, and bears, you are sure to be delighted by a visit to this stunning zoo in Hollywood!
Los Angeles Zoo
Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Website: Los Angeles Zoo
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 22 USD
3. Embark on an adventure at Knotts Berry Farm
Just outside LA in Buena Park is Knotts Berry Farm, an amusement and water park that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! With over 15 rides including rollercoasters at the amusement park and 23 slides at the water park, a visit to Knotts Berry Farm is a full-day adventure. One of the oldest amusement parks in California, Knotts Berry Farm is the ultimate destination. It features the Old West Ghost Town that boasts multiple roller coasters and portrayals of Old West gunslingers in realistic showdowns! Make sure to visit Knotts Berry Farm for an adventure-filled day while alone in LA.
Knotts Berry Farm
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, United States
Website: Knotts Berry Farm
Price: 55 USD onwards
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Only a few minutes south of LA in Anaheim is the world-famous Disneyland Park! One of the top-visited amusement parks in the world, Disneyland is a perfect location to visit on your own! As you’ll be able to meet all of your favorite characters and explore this huge park, you will surely not leave disappointed. There is a variety of attractions within the park so make sure to visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Fantasyland, Adventure Land, and Critter Country, among others. With all the classic experiences and new attractions waiting for you, visiting Disneyland is a must-do activity while in LA!
Disneyland Resort Tickets - USA Residents
Duration: 2 to 5 days
This is a six-hour long tour that gives you a deep insight into Los Angeles. This tour guarantees never-ending fun while getting acquainted with the glamorous neighborhoods of LA. There are so many things that you will see and experience with this tour. The tour begins at 9:30 am near the Hollywood Walk of Fame where you can feel the magic of Hollywood and see all the places that you usually spot in hit movies. On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, look for your favorite celebrity handprints. You also get to visit Madame Tussauds’ wax museum which is extremely famous for all the wax statues of celebrities from all around the world. Other places that you visit will include the Dolby Theatre, the iconic Hollywood sign, and Griffith Park. Feel like a queen walking on the most expensive shopping street in America - the Rodeo Drive. That’s not it, this long journey has several more places and experiences in store for you.
Los Angeles City Tour with Guide
Duration: 6 hours
Located just north of LA in Universal City is the sister park to Universal Studios Florida. Featuring a variety of rollercoasters and rides from your favorite movies, Universal Studios Hollywood is sure to give you a blast! Make sure to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, grab a butterbeer, then visit the Jurassic World, Transformers, and Waterworld experiences among others. Make sure to visit this incredible theme park and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Skip the Line Universal Studios Hollywood Express Ticket
Duration: 8 hours
This comprehensive tour of approximately six-hours takes you through the Warner Brothers studio to give you a taste of what it is like to be a celebrity. This tour lets you explore the sets with exclusive access to the movie props, costumes, car models and everything else. Get closer to your favorite movies with this tour - whether it is Batman or Spiderman, everything is possible with this tour. What else? The exhibits at the studio also bring you to the magical and wizarding world of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts. Watch how movies are created for the silver screen. On the last stage of the tour, you get to learn everything about the production process. After the tour at the studio, you are taken to see the houses of Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, Victoria Beckham, and Madonna. Isn’t this quite a glitzy tour for you to enjoy?
Hollywood Celebrity Homes and Warner Bros Studio Tour
Duration: 6 hours
With this two-and-a-half-hour guided tour that begins at 9:30 am, you will walk through the Original Los Angeles’ Farmers’ Market. This culinary tour lets you explore the historic landmark that goes as far back as 1934. You get to taste samples from 10 different cafes, grocers, and food stalls. By the end of this tour, you will have tasted and seen enough to feel like a local. This tour is great for all age groups, whether kids, young, or old. This tour takes small and intimate groups to ensure that you get the most personal experience possible. You will hear about the market’s legacy that goes back to almost 80 years. You will get an insight into the culinary delights of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Farmers Market Small-Group Food Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
This is a two-hour tour where you will see science in action. The famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will amaze you with its exhibits. Explore Ice Age specimens like mammoths and ground sloths. The museum has beautifully-preserved fossils of all these magnificent and ancient creatures. One of the most enjoyable things at the museum is watching the paleontologists cleaning and preserving their recent finds. There is a great deal to learn on this tour. You get to know about the ongoing research and excavation works as well as about life during prehistoric times. Choose this tour to get a deep insight into history.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Admission Ticket in Los Angeles
Duration: 2 hours
This is one of the best and the most interesting tours that you must try. This two-hour guided tour takes you through the horror stories of downtown Los Angeles. If you visit California, you would only think of the sun-drenched city with lovely beaches, but Los Angeles has a lot of dark and baffling secrets. Is your interest heightened? Then, this tour is definitely for you. Explore spooky downtown Los Angeles with its haunted locations. With this tour, you will learn about some of the gruesome murders that the city has witnessed, unsolved crimes, and mysteries that still baffle many. It is a great way to discover the other side of this glamorous city. Some of the places that you will see in this tour include Pico House, Barclay Hotel, Alexandria Hotel, and the Hall of Justice.
Haunted Tales of Downtown Los Angeles
Duration: 2 hours
Chinatown and Little Tokyo are two of the largest ethnic neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This tour takes you on a guided experience through these two places. With this tour, you get to know more about the Chinese and Japanese immigrants of LA. Everything about their history and their current life in a foreign land is explained to you. This tour also involves a short rail journey (the fare is not included in the tour cost). There are several places that you will visit and several moments to cherish on this trip. Some of the places that you will see here include Blossom Plaza, Wonder Bakery, Foo-Chow Restaurant, and Chinatown, among others.
Chinatown & Little Tokyo Tour
Duration: 2 hours
This two-hour long walking tour lets you experience the artistic pavements of Los Angeles. This is a great tour for discovering the amazing street art and art galleries showcasing works of modern artists. The various places that you will visit as a part of this tour will give you a taste of LA’s artistic side. At the end of the tour, you will also discover the musical history of LA at the famous Punk Place, which is known to have launched the careers of various stars.
Los Angeles Arts District Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours
This amazing tour lets you enjoy one of the most popular activities in the world - skydiving. The adrenaline rush and adventure that you get from this tour is one that is quite unforgettable. The indoor skydiving facility has a vertical wind tunnel that creates real skydiving conditions. Before you suit up for your jump, you will be given a safety and gear briefing by your flight instructor. During this tour, you will enjoy two 60-second free-fall flights inside the wind tunnel.
Universal CityWalk Los Angeles Indoor Skydiving Experience
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
With this tour, you not only taste all the different varieties of food but you also get to live through a lot of experiences. The sights, sounds, and flavors of LA are all a part of this tour to tantalize you and your senses. You will enjoy some of the most unique food items from authentic eateries in downtown LA. Bakeries, establishments, kid-friendly restaurants and all other places are sure to give your taste buds a rich experience. This tour lets you discover the hidden gems of the city.
Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour
Duration: 3 hours
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15. Try some homemade ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery
Offering efficient counter service in a compact space, Sweet Rose Creamery is a delightful traditional ice cream parlor, offering gooey sundaes, simple ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, thick milkshakes made with fresh organic farmers market ingredients, and homemade ice cream. Their must-try seasonal flavors include Sweet Potato with Sesame Brittle, Dairy-Free Caffe Luxxe Coffee, and Pistachio with Almond Nougat.
If you’re in the mood for a sundae, sample the Grasshopper – comprised of fresh mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate cone bits, and whipped cream.
Sweet Rose Creamery
Address: 225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Website: Sweet Rose Creamery
Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm (daily)
16. Stroll on funky Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk is the go-to spot in Venice. The busy stretch extends from North Venice Boulevard at the south end to about Park Avenue at the north end. Vibrant street performers, colorful wall art, eclectic souvenirs shops, and charming cafes line this 1-mile (1.7-kilometer) piece of real estate. People watching is an inescapable activity, where crowds of unique individuals do their own thing.
Don’t forget to check out Muscle Beach Gym – an outdoor venue that was once a training ground for award-winning bodybuilder turned successful movie-action hero turned former-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk
Address: Venice, CA
Website: Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk
17. Devour some yummy hot dogs at Pink’s Hot Dogs
An institution in Los Angeles’s culinary landscape since 1939, Pink’s Hot Dogs boasts creatively topped hot dogs – some bearing celebrity names – that are sure to satisfy. Try The Brando Dog, named for acclaimed actor Marlon Brando, that offers a 9-inch (22.8-centimeter) frankfurter, topped with mustard, onions, chili, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Stop by while exploring the Fairfax District, but be aware that this historic establishment draws long lines from hungry tourists during the day and famished clubgoers at night.
Pink’s Hot Dogs
Address: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Website: Pink’s Hot Dogs
Opening hours: 9:30am - 2am (daily)
Price: under 10 USD
18. Visit the art galleries at California African American Museum
Situated inside the expansive Exposition Park, California African American Museum is a spacious complex dedicated to showcasing the cultural history and heritage of African Americans. The museum’s many exhibits place a primary focus on California and the western United States. Permanent and rotating exhibits display fine works by seasoned and up-and-coming artists and the museum’s art collection, in general, traces intriguing works by African American artists from as far back as the 1800s to the present.
California African American Museum
Address: Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Website: California African American Museum
Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 5pm; Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon)
19. Relax with the roses in the Rose Garden
Within walking distance of the California African American Museum is the pleasantly landscaped Rose Garden – also found in Exposition Park. Comprised of 7 acres (2.8 hectares) of glorious greenery and eye-popping blossoms, this historic garden is pleasing to the eye and the sweet fragrance of colorful roses makes it pleasing to the nose, as well.
Originally a race track, in 1913 this garden was transformed into a lush garden that now features grassy trails, a tranquil water fountain, a multitude of roses, and shaded picnic structures. If you want to escape the big-city hustle and bustle, this is a wonderful refuge to stroll in for a few hours.
Address: 701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Website: Rose Garden
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)
20. Listen to mariachi music and watch folkloric dances on Olvera Street
The origins of the city can be traced to Olvera Street: an energetic Mexican marketplace that oozes old-world charm. Celebrate the City of Angel’s connection to its Mexican roots by enjoying performances by dazzling dancers and mariachi musicians – usually taking place on weekends.
Olvera Street is a pretty section of real estate, featuring a narrow tree and brick-lined avenue filled with ancient structures, colorfully painted stalls, busy street vendors, charming cafes, delicious restaurants, and intriguing souvenir shops.
Address: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Website: Olvera Street
Opening hours: 24 hours
21. Explore the historic costumes at FIDM Museum and Galleries
If you’re into fashion and history, you must check out FIDM Museum and Galleries. Marvel at an eclectic collection of fabulous costumes, which represents 250 years of fashion’s past that leaves many awestruck. The television genre features wardrobes from out-of-this-world science-fiction fantasies, hilarious contemporary comedies, and important historical dramas.
Fans of shows like Game of Thrones and the Handmaid’s Tale can get an intimate look at what their favorite characters wore. This museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits.
FIDM Museum & Galleries
Address: 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Website: FIDM Museum & Galleries
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Get an exhilarating bird’s-eye view of LA’s beautiful, one-of-a-kind landscape by going paragliding. Relish stunning sights of the sun-kissed coastline, deep-blue Pacific Ocean, and lovely foothills when you take a not-to-be-forgotten adventure onboard a tandem paragliding ride. You may even spot some of California’s fabulous marine and wildlife, like whales, dolphins, deer, and mountain lions. A hawk or seagull may even fly by you.
Los Angeles: 30-Minute Tandem Paragliding Experience
Duration: 30 minute
Southern California is known for promoting a laidback lifestyle, so what better place than LA to indulge in some calming, self-pampering yoga. Replenish your soul with a yoga session that’ll release any stress and let the feel-good vibes in. Yoga is brought to a new level of calm when you’re surrounded by tranquil and beautiful panoramic views and pairing the class with fun and tasty wine and cheese tasting only enhances the experience.
Malibu: Yoga Class with Wine and Cheese Tasting
Duration: 2 hour
Fly solo in Los Angeles
These were some of the best things to do alone in Los Angeles . Are you still reluctant to travel alone? No! Then pack your bags and get flying to this glittering city that has a lot of undertones to it. You can choose to stay in one of the hotels in Echo Park for the best accommodation. You will not regret your decision.
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