Despite being a relatively young American city, Los Angeles offers plenty for guests to see. It would of course be impossible to check out all of LA’s monuments and attractions during a single visit.
That’s all the more reason to return someday in the future! In the meantime, however, we’ve curated a list of LA monuments you need to make a point of seeing during your first stay. No LA trip is complete without checking out these iconic landmarks.
LA Monuments and Landmarks You Need to See
The Hollywood Sign
This very well may be the most iconic feature in the entire city. All you have to do is show an image of the Hollywood sign in a film or TV show for a brief moment, and viewers will immediately know where it is set.
There are many different ways you can see this landmark. We recommend checking it out while exploring the hiking trails to be found in Griffith Park. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy two essential LA experiences in one.
The Griffith Observatory may not be quite as recognizable as the Hollywood sign, but any big pop culture fan has likely seen it show up in its fair share of movies and TV shows. The fact that it’s actually a functioning observatory where visitors can enjoy unique views of the stars (the kind in the sky, not the kind LA is famous for) is practically an added bonus. Check out the official website to learn more about visiting hours and policies.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall isn’t as well-known to outsiders as several other major LA landmarks. However, we highly recommend paying it a visit during your trip here. Designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, its unique appearance is unlike virtually any other building you can find outside of LA. At the very least, stopping by will make for an absolutely Instagram-able moment.
TCL Chinese Theatre
You might know it by one of its earlier names, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Regardless, odds are good you’ll recognize this famous LA spot the moment you see it. Ever since it first opened way back in 1927, this theatre has been a symbol of Hollywood, as well as LA in general. Visiting it for a picture also gives you the chance to check out the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course, if you really want to indulge in the magic of Hollywood, you can set aside a few hours during your visit to check out a movie.
Santa Monica Pier
There are numerous reasons to stay with us during your visit to LA. One of the more noteworthy is the fact that we provide easy access to the Santa Monica Pier. While this is of course an ideal spot to check out during summer, because LA typically stays fairly warm throughout the year, you can also enjoy it during the colder months.
Keep these options in mind as you plan your LA visit. They may not represent the entire city, but they are certainly among the most well-known landmarks this city has to offer.