When I was a flight attendant, one of the cities that I always fly to is Los Angeles. Firstly, there’s something about this city that makes me want to come back over and over again. Secondly is because it’s similar to the weather where I am from. And most importantly, I just love how everything is overflowing with colors. Now, I am so excited to share the top spots that a first time visitor in Los Angeles must see. Here they are:
1.) Griffifth Observatory
- Have you seen the movie ‘La la land?’ If not, then you really should and get a glimpse of this place. Moreover, it is one of the best place to see Los Angeles from above. This is the perfect spot! This place is known as ‘Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos’ since visitors can look through telescopes and explore exhibits.
2.) Urban Lights at LACMA
- The Urban Lights located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is mostly visited at night after the street lamps light up. It is one of the most iconic spot in L.A. since the lights also serves as ‘Public Art’ by Chris Burden. You can also visit the museum at LACMA for exhibits and in-depth appreciation of modern art.
3.) Santa Monica Pier
- California is located on its coast to the Pacific Ocean and no wonder that it’s surrounded by beaches. One of the most visited is the Santa Monica Pier. The beach is perfect for visitors of all ages most especially with teens and kids with an amusement park called ‘Pacific Park.’ This place has always been busy and never run out of that energetic vibe.
4.) Venice Beach
- Venice Beach is just a few miles south of Santa Monica Beach. If you’re into the hippie vibe and wanted to witness more of Los Angeles’ free-spirited side, this is your haven! Home to the city’s most quirky boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. First time visitors would also enjoy watching skateboarding tricks by the beach.
5.) Venice Canal
- And since I’ve mentioned about the Venice Beach, might as well take a tour on these charming neighborhood of Venice Canals. Colorful beach houses, cute pedestrian bridges and privately owned boats are the main scene stealers in the area.
6.) Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
- We went here just for the photo because basically, this one of the most luxurious shopping center in Beverly Hills. The place has a complete vibe of European-style and adorable lamps with floral displays. Don’t worry, even if we’re not one of the A-list shoppers, we’re truly welcome to enjoy the walkways made of cobblestones.
7.) ‘Made in LA’ Wall
- L.A. has a lot of instagram-able and iconic walls but this wall located at Melrose Ave is my favorite. It surely is dedicated for the local ‘Angeleños.’
8.) The Pink Wall
- This building made of solid pink at Melrose Ave will surely attract anyone. Among all of the iconic walls, the ‘Pink Wall’ is the most prominent. The building is also owned by the designer, Paul Smith.
9.) Sprinkles Cupcake ATM
- My Los Angeles bucket list is not complete without trying Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. Did you know that this is the world’s first opened ‘cupcake ATM’ in Beverly Hills? As a major sweet tooth, this cupcake shop is a must. As a first timer in the city, make sure to try them!
10.) The Grove LA
- This outdoor mall is also a mixture of European and American style loved by locals and tourists. Either you want to go for shopping or just wanted to take a stroll, The Grove doesn’t disappoint. Ride the trolley, watch a movie or enjoy walking alongside the cobblestone walkways.
11.) Beverly Hills Hotel Sign
- The color palette of this hotel is what I truly love. It’s overflowing with pastels of pink and green. I may not be able to afford one of their rooms ‘yet’ but I’m glad that the iconic ‘The Beverly Hills’ sign is welcome for everybody for taking photos.