Visiting Los Angeles can be exciting, but it’s tough to figure out which spots deserve your time and attention when there are so many options. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might want to hit the beaches or you might want to stick with more indoor activities. We have a few of each on our list of Los Angeles day trips for adults, plus some of the best places to eat!
Los Angeles Day Trips for Adults
Get Artsy and Educated
Museums are great for a nice little date night (or day!) if you enjoy art, history, science, or all three. Whether it’s a romantic date night with your partner or a group date with a bunch of friends, L.A. museums never disappoint.
Upon arrival to an app that offers some of the best self-guided tours I’ve ever seen. They’re thorough but interesting, with a nice mix of audio and visual stimulants. Try the Architecture Tour first!
General admission is free (parking is not), but it books up fast so it’s best to grab tickets ahead of time.
Free admission and $1 parking is unheard of in L.A. Unless, of course, you’re visiting Anneberg Space for Photography.
10 Oddball L.A. Museums Worth Seeing is a good read!
Not so artsy but a nice trip “back in time”, check out L.A.’s original Farmer’s Market, too.
Typical Los Angeles Area Spots
The Hollywood Wax Museum is known all over the world, and for good reason. These wax creations look a lot like the celebrities they’re designed after. Okay, so not all of them do, but mostly they’re awesome. Bring your camera because you get to pose with the wax figures! Tickets are $20 for adults.
It’s window shopping time, baby! Strolling Rodeo Drive can keep you busy for hours. Luxury shopping with a slight chance of seeing someone famous? I’ll take it.
Santa Monica Pier is pretty darn touristy but it lights up at night and is a sight to see!
If you’re looking for a nice variety of shops, sights, and fun, Venice Beach Boardwalk has you covered. A reviewer on TripAdvisor described it as “mental, cool, fun, scary, beautiful, and mesmerizing”. If you’re in L.A., this is one place you don’t want to miss.
Feeling like taking some risks, getting the adrenaline pumping?
Skyspace is for everyone, but the level of crazy adventure you want to reach is completely up to you. Enjoy 2,800-square feet of Skyspace’s observation terraces just to take in the breathtaking views, or go wild and experience the Skyslide. This outdoor slide is 45 feet long and connects the 70th floor to the terrace. You can’t experience this anywhere else!
Maybe not quite so wild and crazy but still a great adventure, try some of these cool L.A. hikes if you’re visiting on a nice day. Wait, it’s L.A. Every day is nice!
Last But Not Least…
Don’t forget the food! Here are some of the top rated L.A. restaurants.
Animal: featuring Chicken Liver Toast and BBQ Pork Belly Sandwiches
Pine & Crane: featuring Mapo Tofu and Dan Dan Noodles
Wolf: featuring Mushroom Risotto and Charred Broccoli Polonaise
Howlin’ Rays: featuring Nashville Hot Chicken
Winsome: featuring Roasted Fall Squash and Speck and Comte Grilled Cheese
Finish it all off with a chilly margarita.