What to do in Los Angeles

by Volker Weber

Photo: Carol Highsmith

While I am in Southern California, I am completely booked until Friday night. But I have the full Saturday and Sunday morning to explore Los Angeles. I am staying here and I liked that when I was in the city in, ahem, 2002. This is on my plan, but I have seen enough of that.

Any suggestions?

Big change: Karen will be my "tour guide". She lives at Griffith Park. Now I don't need any more suggestions. Thank you all! We will be doing some of the things you suggested.


Would recommend watching Basketball@Staples Center (the Clippers nowadays, not the Lakers (unless you want to pay Kobe your respect in his final season)) or doing the Universal Studio Tour in Hollywood (Movie Sets and amusement park)

Patric Stiffel, 2015-12-03 12:21

Gibt ein tolles neues Museum: The Broad.
Punkt org. Freier Eintritt - vielleicht klappt ja bei Dir eine Online-Reservierung. Ich drücke die Daumen!

Thomas Cloer, 2015-12-03 12:23

Patric, nein, das ist nichts für mich.

Thomas, toller Tipp. Sind natürlich ausgebucht, aber ich schau mal, wie lang die Schlange ist.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-03 12:38

Das Griffith Observatory ist toll, unbedingt zum Sonnenuntergang hin, aber genügend Zeit einplanen vorher, denn man muss meistens weiter unten an der (steilen) Straße parken und dann hochlatschen, weil der Parkplatz oben schon früh voll ist. Man kann seitlich hoch auf das Observatorium (Ausblick auf L.A.) und nicht vergessen rein und drinnen auch RUNTER zu gehen, das wurde erst vor einigen Jahren ausgebaut dort.

Das "Los Angeles County Museum of Art" fand ich cool, ist "greifbarer" und nicht solche High-Art wie im Getty. Direkt daneben sind auch die "Tar Pits", kann man dann auch kurz ansehen.

Wir haben dieses Jahr in der Nähe von Marina del Rey gewohnt, der Strand dort ist auch toll, mit vielen Strandhäusern direkt daran, zum Sonnenuntergang sehr schön. Am dortigen "Speedway" kann man nur schlecht parken.

Touri-Standards: Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade (Shopping), Beverly Hills / Rodeo Drive, Farmers Market / The Grove (Shopping).

Thomas Meyer, 2015-12-03 13:43

Thomas, die Touri-Standards kenne ich. Ich suche die anderen. Gute Idee mit dem Sonnenuntergang. Latschen macht mir nix.

Bei Marina del Rey habe ich auch schon gewohnt. Ja, sehr schön da. Getty hat mir wegen der Architektur und dem Ausblick gefallen, nicht wegen der alten Schinken. Deshalb auch Griffith Park. Ich muss gar nicht mal unbedingt rein.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-03 14:15

Was Thomas sagt. Und Venice Beach.

Moritz Petersen, 2015-12-03 16:11

Würde einfach nach Venice Beach gehen und mir die Leute dort anschauen, ggf. Fotos machen...ansonsten, wenn du noch etwas Zeit hast und nach Santa Monica kommst:


War selbst nie dort, hat aber 4.6 stars bei Google bekommen.
Dies war ursprünglich ein Museum des Flugzeugbauers Douglas Aircraft. (DC-3 etc.).

Sicher auch ganz interessant...

Eric Bredtmann, 2015-12-03 16:33

Eine schöne Aussicht gibt es auf dem Mulholland Drive: https://meets.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Camel_Mulholland-Drive_streifen_601.jpg

Sehr zu empfehlen, wenn die Sonne untergeht. Der "Hollywood Bowl Overlook" schließt in den Abendstunden, ich bin da vor 2 Jahren über den kleinen Zaun geklettert und hab tolle Fotos machen können. Besser wäre es natürlich, etwas früher da zu sein :)

Hermann Behrens, 2015-12-03 16:37

Have you been the the Magic Castle in Hollywood? It's a one of a kind exclusive club for magicians.

Eric Mack, 2015-12-03 16:41

What about hiking? Plenty of trails in parks and the forests around L.A. Some ideas http://www.modernhiker.com/la-hiking/

Plenty places for not breaking the chain.

Federico Hernandez, 2015-12-03 18:42

Runyon Canyon Park is definitely on my list. That goes well with the Mulholland Drive recommendation.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-03 18:48

I agree with the Getty Museum and taking a bike down the strand on venice beach...hope you have fun!!

John Liggett, 2015-12-03 19:06

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - the used to have free Jazz on friday evenings, and the next door La Brea Tar Pits.

Little Osaka in Los Angeles, with its Giant Robot shop (http://www.giantrobot.com/) and close by higher end restaurant Torafuku http://www.torafuku-usa.com/

Ethiopian or Persian food is a good bet. So is the food truck scene.

I wrote up my 2008 trip which includes at that and a little more

We also enjoyed driving around some of the neighborhoods.


ian irving, 2015-12-03 19:12

I am really good at buying nothing. I already have too much stuff. But this Giant Robot stuff is enticing.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-03 19:27

Giant Robot used to have a magazine (died in 2008) and stores in San Fran and NYC, but the home store and gallery survive. Premier source on all things asian pop art. Good casual Japanese food in the neighborhood as well, also known as Sawtelle Japantown, which is different from LA's Little Tokyo.

Also, if you're into it, is LA's New Contemporary Art Museum, the Broad http://www.thebroad.org/ which just open in September.

ian irving, 2015-12-03 20:56

I am in the area, and Thomas already suggested it. Could not reserve a ticket though.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-03 20:58

Mount Wilson observatory, Huntington Library, Chrystal cove. Cheers from Long Beach!

Tobias Lange, 2015-12-03 21:13

For a beach experience away from the usual tourist traps I'd go further south, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach. Lived in Redondo Beach for 8 months in the early 90s and enjoyed many weekends and evenings here in the beach cities.

When visiting an old friend in the late 90s I think we had breakfast here: http://scottysonthestrand.com/ Can't remember if the food was good, but you're right at the beach.

The Redondo Beach Brewery was our local, they had good food and nice beers. Seems to still exist, but their website didn't work.

If you get a clear day the views from Palos Verdes are very nice over the beach cities.

Armin Grewe, 2015-12-03 21:33




Hanno Zulla, 2015-12-03 23:17

From the coast (Santa Monica), take Highway 1 North to Santa Barbara.

Dan Sickles, 2015-12-04 01:54

Dan, I'm in Santa Barbara first, right at the ocean. And will take highway 1.

Hanno, alles schon in Cape Canaveral gesehen. :-)

Volker Weber, 2015-12-04 04:03

Big change: Karen will be my "tour guide". She lives at Griffith Park. Now I don't need any more suggestions. Thank you all!

Volker Weber, 2015-12-04 04:05

Looking forward to your L.A. picture story and impressions ;-)

Eric Bredtmann, 2015-12-04 11:41

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