Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List (101 Things to Do in LA)

Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List (101 Things to Do in LA)

We lived in LA last year, and while we didn’t think it was a place we wanted to settle down, we still loved that there’s always something to do in LA (and eat). We’ve still been staying in LA one week out of every month since we moved to Las Vegas. The funny thing is (and I’m sure most people who live in LA agree) when we lived in LA, we didn’t want to drive anywhere. Now that we moved away, we’re exploring much more of the city. Now that we’re coming in from out of town, our friends are also more likely to meet us too.

Just like our Las Vegas bucket list that we’re quickly checking off, we created one for LA with a mix of both touristy and off the beaten path activities.

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List // Local Adventurer

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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2019  //  First Published: Mar 9, 2015

101 Things to Do in Los Angeles - Your Ultimate LA Bucket List

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  1.  Griffith Observatory – our favorite view in the city.
  2. The Getty Center
  3. The Getty Villa
  4. Zuma Beach
  5. Santa Monica Pier
  6. Disney Hall
  7. Show Taping (Conan, Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel)
  8. The Magic Castle (need a magician friend to invite you)
  9. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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Santa Monica Pier (101 Things to Do in Los Angeles CA).

  1. Disneyland (Technically Anaheim)
  2. Chinese Theatre
  3. El Capitan Theater
  4. Outdoor Concert at Hollywood Bowl
  5. Eaton Canyon Waterfall
  6. Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA)

LACMA Museum (101 Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles).

  1. Universal Studios Hollywood
  2. Farmers Market DTLA
  3. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
  4. Angels Flight Railway
  5. Grand Central Market
  6. Hike Point Mugu State Park
  7. Betty B Dearing Trail Hike to “The Rainforest”
  8. Lost Sunken City
  9. Caravan Book Store
  10. The Last Bookstore

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  1. Venice Beach
  2. Venice Canals
  3. Chateau Marmont Hotel
  4. Runyon Canyon Hike
  5. Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  6. The Hollywood Sign Hike
  7. Hollywood Walk of Fame
  8. Shopping at the Grove
  9. Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Did you know that a lot of the designer stores have personal VIP rooms in the back where they bring you all the clothes? The Dior one is amazing! They wouldn’t tell me the minimum you need to spend to shop back there, but we’re guessing it’s 100k+.

  1. Abandoned LA Zoo in Griffith Park

Abandoned Zoo Griffith Park (101 Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List).

  1. LA Zoo
  2. Cave of Munits and Castle Peak Hike
  3. Afternoon Tea at Millennium Biltmore DTLA
  4. Lakers Game at the Staples Center
  5. Downtown LA Art Walk
  6. Amoeba (Largest Independent Record Store)
  7. Santa Monica Camera Obscura
  8. Dodger Stadium
  9. Bergamot Station
  10. Melrose Trading Post Flea Market

Melrose Trading Post (101 Los Angeles Attractions / Bucket List).

  1. Gibbon Conservation Center, Santa Clarita
  2. Wacko Soap Plant
  3. Silver Lake Meadow
  4. Union Station
  5. Night Gallery (open from 10pm – 2am)
  6. Wildlife Learning Center
  7. Museum of Jurassic Technology
  8. Hermosa Beach
  9. Redondo Beach
  10. Leo Carrillo State Beach

Leo Carrillo State Beach (Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List).

  1. Mulholland Drive
  2. Descanso Gardens
  3. Movie at ArcLight Cinemas
  4. Watch the Room (cult classic) – Don’t forget your plastic spoons
  5. Vineland Drive-In Theater
  6. Watts Towers Arts Center
  7.  Aquarium of the Pacific
  8. LA County Fair
  9. Six Flags Magic Mountain
  10. Point Vincente Lighthouse

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Point Vincente Lighthouse (Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List).

  1. Space Shuttle Endeavor at California Science Center
  2. Exposition Park Rose Garden
  3. Brennan’s Pub Turtle Race
  4. Annenberg Space For Photography
  5. Echo Park Lake
  6. Whisky A Go-Go
  7. Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater
  8. Queen Mary
  9. The Grammy Museum
  10. Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  11. Lucha Vavoom Burlesque Show

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Father's Office Burger (Ultimate Los Angeles Bucket List).

  1. Father’s Office Burger – don’t dare to ask for ketchup.
  2. Animal
  3. Manhattan Beach Post
  4. Donut Snob
  5. Donut Man (Glendora)
  6. Bottega Louie
  7. Gjelina
  8. Baco Mercat
  9. Golden Road Brewery (great hangout spot)
  10. Cafe Verona – you have to try their butternut squash ravioli.
  11. Mario’s Peruvian
  12. Hinoki and the Bird
  13. Providence
  14. DeLuscious Cookies
  15. Spoonhouse Bakery and Restaurant
  16. Hama Sushi
  17. Urth Caffe
  18. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
  19. Umami Burger
  20. Genwa Korean BBQ
  21. Seongbukdong – love this place for their galbi jjim but their prices just keep going up.
  22. Pa Ord Noodle – our fave thai place in all of LA
  23. Yu Chun
  24. Wurstkuche, DTLA – try their rattlesnake sausage. Surprisingly everything in that form just tastes the same.
  25. Seoul Garden – better known for shabu shabu, but the bibim naeng myun always has me going back.

If that’s overwhelming here’s our short list.

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I know we’re going to have to take many trips back to finish off this list. Thanks Lana for helping us put this list together. We lived in LA a year, but it helps knowing peeps who are born and raised in LA. :)

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m travelling to LA this summer. Is the sea warm enough to swim around June or July? Cheers,
    Tom

    1. Hey, Tom! The water is generally pretty cold, but since it’s so hot out during the summer, it’s definitely bearable. :) Hope you enjoy it!

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