New to LA and overwhelmed with all the things you can do? Here’s a list of the top 10 most essential things you must do or else no one will ever believe you lived here (LOL):
Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
This is a must-see tourist attraction that comes to mind when people think of Hollywood. Over 2,000 stars line both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. About two new stars are added every month, so you might be able to catch a new star ceremony while you’re there. Make sure to check out Walt Disney’s star! Also on Hollywood Boulevard, you can catch a movie at The Walt Disney Studio’s premiere cinema, El Capitan Theatre.
Walk to Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign
At Griffith Observatory, you can look through telescopes to stare at the cosmos, see live shows at the Planetarium and Theatre and even attend a free monthly public star party. From here, a lot of people then hike to the iconic Hollywood Sign. Or, you can just take the Hollywood Sign Shuttle from the Observatory.
Hang out around Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade
If you’re from the East Coast and missing home, make sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier. It’s like a little piece of the Jersey Shore dropped on the West Coast. Here you can find fun rides at Pacific Park, arcades, shopping and yummy churros and funnel cakes. A few streets over, you can find 3rd Street Promenade. This area features tons of outdoor shopping and dining options.
Hike Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon is a 130 acre park two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard. There are a number of trails fit for any hiker…whether you’re a beginner or advanced. The views of the city from different points of the trails are amazing. And burning calories isn’t exactly a bad thing.
Enjoy Sprinkles cupcakes
People in LA are obsessed with cupcakes. Sprinkles offers a variety of deliciously flavored cupcakes. You can even spice things up and order a Sprinkles sundae. Feeling too lazy to wait in line? Some locations, such as in Beverly Hills, offer a Sprinkles cupcake vending machine.
Los Angeles is filled to the brim with museums. I can’t even begin to list them all, but the most popular include Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Tolerance, and the Getty Center.
Soak up the Sun at the Beach
Make sure to take advantage of the warmer weather in LA! Beautiful Zuma Beach in Malibu is a pleasant place to spend a day off. You can even park for free along the Pacific Coast Highway. Venice Beach is another must-visit beach. It’s home to the creative and eclectic, so there’s a lot of unique people and places to see.
Laugh out Loud at a Comedy Show
Going to a comedy show is an excellent way to spend your evening, especially after a rough work day. One of the most popular is The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, where you can catch famous comedians. Other smaller comedy show venues offer a more personal experience and can be a cheaper option. One of my favorites is Haha Café in North Hollywood.
Attend a sporting event.
Are you a huge sports fan? Don’t miss the chance to watch the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers and Kings in their home territory!
Become a VoluntEAR.
VoluntEaring is a great way to give back, get to know your community better, and also meet new coworkers and make new friends! There are plenty of charities and exciting events that you can become involved in throughout the Southern California area. My favorite VoluntEAR experience was at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this past summer, when I got to meet Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
Allie, Disney Internships & Programs Communications Team