Warm weather, palm trees, luxury shopping, and oh yea a celebrity or two…that’s what you’re likely going to encounter on any trip to Los Angeles. Is it any wonder it’s one of the top vacation destinations in all of America?

In this post, we’re going to cover five of the best landmarks Los Angeles has to offer. When you check these off your list, you know you’ll have seen some of the best and most famous sites.

So, grab your sunglasses, pack your swimsuit, and let’s go!

Hollywood Sign


When anyone thinks of LA, no doubt the very first image that comes to mind is the famous Hollywood Sign. The sign rises above the city, and it’s nestled into what’s called the Hollywood Hills part of the Santa Monica Mountains.

If you want to get a photo of the sign, don’t settle for one from ground level, instead, go to Mulholland Drive right by the Hollywood Bowl and get a beautiful unobstructed shot that will make all your Instagram followers jealous.

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood bowl and sign.jpg By Matthew Field, – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 

Speaking of the Hollywood Bowl, this outdoor amphitheater is almost 100 years old but is still one of the most dazzling attractions in all of Los Angeles. It’s not only home to the LA Philharmonic but also a full museum as well.

Most locals head to the Hollywood Bowl for the various events that are held there all summer and into the fall. From the 4th of July to sing-a-longs to summer jazz session and movie nights. Bring a picnic basket or eat at the bowl.

Santa Monica Pier


You can find the Santa Monica Pier at the end of Colorado Street in Santa Monica, a neighborhood that is part of the Los Angeles metro area. Though, the pier itself is hard to miss with its bright landmark entrance!

As it extends out into the Pacific Ocean, you can find all sorts of things to do and see. Try your hand at circus life at the trapeze school, rent a surfboard and hit the waves, or enjoy a nice dinner with an incredible view.

Rodeo Drive

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If you’ve ever spent five minutes watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, then you should know exactly what Rodeo Drive is, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world!

On this two-mile long strip you’ll see some of the most expensive shops in the country, so be sure to bring your wallet if you want to splurge. Since Rodeo Drive is also lined with fancy restaurants too, chances of seeing a celebrity having lunch are pretty high.

Manhattan Beach

The Manhattan Beach Pier on a typical fall afternoon By Evanthomas1 – Public Domain

If you want to explore the more casual side of LA, then there’s no better place to be surfer chic than Manhattan Beach. This neighborhood is a quintessential California beach town.

You’ll find a great beach surrounded by a two-mile long walking and bike path. Try your hand at beach volleyball or stand up paddle-boarding and once you’re finished head to the downtown area and enjoy dinner at one of a number of casual restaurants.

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to enjoy these landmarks.

Have you been to LA, what are your favorite spots to visit?