In a city as big and bursting at the seams as Los Angeles it can be hard to separate what is wack from what is actually worth seeing. My ‘actually worth seeing’ travelstoke® list draws from well known tourist attractions and lesser known POI’s alike. These are a few spots that I might take a friend visiting Los Angeles who wants a to experience both LA the icons and hidden local hangs.
Old ChinatownLos Angeles, United StatesOld China town is bordered by traditional paifang gates – a super photogenic icon of this historic dtla neighborhood. Old Chinatown is great for people watching, grabbing a bite to eat (at nearby Golden Dragon, or my fave – Burgerlords!) and check out the old buildings. There is also a 7 foot statue of Bruce Lee, awesome!
#history #free #statue #souvenirs
Bronson Canyon-Griffith ParkLos Angeles, United StatesYou see that? That’s pretty much all of LA.
And my bike. Behind me is a huge view of the Hollywood sign. The best views, trails, wildlife viewing and sunset vistas are in Griffith Park. There are more hiking trails than you could possibly cover in one day, or one week for that matter. This is the LA you never knew existed. #hiking #park
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Whether you're a fan of classic cinema or just want to traverse Los Angeles' most famous thoroughfare, Sunset Boulevard is 22 miles of scenic road that stretches from the Pacific Palisades neighborhood along the coast all the to Downtown L.A. However, it's the stretch through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood that most people want to see, with the recognizable palm trees and Bel Air mansions. If you decide to take this scenic drive, it's worth checking out traffic conditions first since Sunset Boulevard can quickly fill up with cars.
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If you want a taste of the Mediterranean in Southern California, head just off the shore of the city. You'll technically still be in Los Angeles County, but you'll feel as if you've stepped onto the coast of Greece when you visit Catalina Island.
Things are different on Catalina, and especially in the town of Avalon, where most visitors go. You'll see fish fly and people driving golf carts instead of cars, but that's only the start. The real charm of the island is in its unpretentious, laid-back ambiance, enough to get you chilled out in no time. The island is worthy of a full, week-long vacation if you have the days off, if not, a weekend escape provides plenty of distractions, too.
The only downside? You have to get on a ferry boat to get there, and if you get more excited by city lights than by the sight of a buffalo in the wild, this quiet escape may not be for you.
There are actually even more than these 10 things to do near Mount Rushmore, but here are our favorites attractions near Mount Rushmore. We’ve also listed the distance between each attraction and Mount Rushmore to show you how close they really are.
If you only have time to visit one of the many things to do near Mount Rushmore make it to Custer State Park. The park is the largest state park with 71,000 acres of land and home to over 1,300 bison.
The park is full of scenic drives and great hiking trails. Make sure to make it to Black Elk Peak which is 7,242 feet and the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.