From a luminous public art installation to the most recognizable sign in the world, Musement shares 10 of the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles.
The City of Angels is the City of Dreams to many…even to those who don’t call it home. What could be dreamier than a bustling city known for mild winters, golden beaches, palm-tree-flanked boulevards and vast natural surroundings? Los Angeles is anything but boring…even for the kids, as there’s much more to see besides a possible movie star.
If you love conjuring Instaenvy when you travel, here are ten of the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles.
A no-brainer! One of the world’s most recognizable sights, the Hollywood sign was inaugurated in 1923. If you don’t feel like hiking all the way to the sign for a sweeping city vista, you can snap a nice shot from Lake Hollywood Park as well as from a few other places around town.
2. Santa Monica Pier
This fabled pier is emblematic of Los Angeles and is known for its Pacific Park, the oceanside amusement park that’s home to a solar-powered Ferris wheel. A must-visit in when in town, Santa Monica Pier also has magical sunset views.
3. Urban Light
To create Urban Light, Artist Chris Burden repurposed street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s that once illuminated the streets of Southen California. This public art installation sits at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
4. Runyon Canyon Park
This 160-acre park offers plenty of snappable sites, either nature-centric spots along the hiking trails or sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles. One of the most popular places for trail running.
5. Mural Mile
This stretch Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima features 12 works from local muralist Levi Ponce, all painted in 2013. The artist’s work can be found throughout the city and around the world.
6. Los Angeles Public Library
Also known as the Central Library, this magnificent landmark was constructed in 1926 by architect, Bertram Goodhue who coupled Ancient Egyptian influences with Mediterranean Revival. A mosaic pyramid crowns the central tower while various objects and chandeliers adorn the exquisite interior, which also features a four-part mural by illustrator Dean Cornwell.
7. Griffith Observatory
La La Land fans will immediately recognize the Griffith Observatory as the backdrop for the planetarium scene. This Greek Revival and Art Deco facility perched on a slope in Griffith Park opened in 1935 and offers gorgeous city views and an excellent view of the Hollywood sign.
8. The Last Bookstore
Despite its name, the Last Bookstore is relatively newish, having first opened in 2005 and is now in its third location. Bibliophiles won’t want to miss this independent shop, one of the world’s largest, to not only to add to their book collection but also to snap the whimsical design, which morphs books into arches, decor and walls with porthole-shaped cut-outs.
Named after the Italian city due to its canals, this bohemian beach town is one of Los Angeles’ liveliest and laid back districts.
10. Bradbury Building
Constructed in 1893, this historic, five-story landmark is the oldest commercial building in the city center. Its Romanesque and Victorian interiors include open elevators, exquisite staircases and intricate ironwork and feel a bit like traveling back to the days of yore.