Things to Do in Los Angeles

Things to Do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a high-paced city so overrun by cars that there tends to be a cloud of smog hanging above the city at all times. Despite what you might hear, though, there are still plenty of athletic, outdoor activities to enjoy in the City of Angels. You just need to know where to look.

Hike Through Griffith Park

Everyone is familiar with the large white "Hollywood" sign planted on a green hill in the center of L.A. Not everyone knows that this hill is located in Griffith Park, the largest municipal park in America.
Griffith Park hosts a world-famous observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, picnic grounds and sports fields, but any local can tell you the highlight of this stunning park is its many trails. By exploring the park, you can find some of the best views of downtown Los Angeles and you will be able to fully appreciate the natural beauty of this highly developed metropolitan area.

Griffith Park:
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913 4688

Bike The Beach

There are hundreds of bike trails and paths in Los Angeles, but few offer anything close to the beautiful sights available on the beach path between Marina Del Ray and Manhattan Beach. While the trail extends far beyond these two points, the scenery and experience here are far superior to the rest of the path. If you do choose to follow the entire path, be sure to observe the signs in Redondo Beach instructing you to walk your bike. Police in the area are always on the lookout for riders who are biking instead of walking.

L.A. Beach Bike Path
62nd At Pacific Avenue To The Strand At Manhattan Beach Boulevard

Enjoy The Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest is large and offers a variety of terrain and vegetation including desert chaparral areas and pine forests. The park offers a wide array of recreational activities, but fires are rarely allowed due to the area's high fire risk. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, cycling, canoeing, swimming, boating and winter skiing. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find your favorite in the Angeles National Forest.

Angeles National Forest
Supervisor's Office
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 574-5200

Walk Along Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is a classic L.A. attraction, although it may be quite different than what you imagine. The glitz and glamour of the area faded long ago and while the celebrity stars and handprints are still fun to view, the area would likely be a slum if it were not for the constant stream of tourists. On the other hand, this does create an ideal atmosphere for entertaining, off-beat street performers who would quickly get shooed away from upscale areas like Beverly Hills.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Take A Trip To The Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits are often overlooked by tourists, but these fascinating, bubbling black pools are well worth a look. The tar pits and the related Page Museum are located inside a large, grassy city park that is also home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. While you explore the relaxing green park, make sure to keep an eye out for new tar pits, which form out of nowhere throughout the property. Be sure to take a trip to the Page Museum to learn more about the excavation of the hundreds of fossils discovered on the grounds and the variety of prehistoric species they belong to.

Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Article Written By Jill Harness

Jill Harness has written on a variety of subjects for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "San Diego City Beat," "Mental Floss," Rue The Day! and Neatorama. Harness has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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