LA is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, so it should come as no surprise that the city offers some really great places around town. We scoured the city to find the lesser known spots that you probably didn’t know existed, and here’s what we found.
1.) Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
5970 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Situated in Palos Verdes, Abalone Cove offers two beautiful beaches, along with tide pools, stunning bluff views, hiking trails and much more. Set on 64 acres, it’s much more than just views. In fact, it’s a full reserve with important marine life.
2.) Eames House
203 Chautauqua Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Constructed in 1949 by husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, The ‘Eames House’ now stands as a landmark building for its importance in architecture. Standing as the epitome of Midcentury California design even today, the house was and still is an enduring symbol of post-World War II design and how one could live an indoor/outdoor life.
3.) Bradbury Building
304 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
http://www.laconservancy.orgStanding as the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city and one of LA’s most historical treasures, The Bradbury Building in Downtown LA has been featured in over 60 feature films and TV shows throughout the years. With a Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs and ornate detailing, the building is a must visit for those interested in the history of LA. Standing in it will surely take you back in time to when it was built over 100 years ago in 1893.
4.) Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
160 acres of cultivated and beautiful natural surroundings make up La Canada’s Descanso Gardens. The stunning grounds feature everything from rose gardens and Japanese gardens to an oak forest, an edible garden, camellia collection, and a garden demonstrating how lush a garden can be without the use of much water. Also on the property is the Boddy House, a link to the storied past of the gardens. Set high above the Descanso Gardens, the house offers a look into the bygone era. Or, climb aboard the Enchanted Railroad, a 1/8th replica of a diesel train that will travel a section of the beautiful gardens.
5.) Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
Just 25 miles from Downtown LA, Malibu Creek State Park offers a bevy of activities in a setting that is stunningly beautiful. From hiking, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and camping to rock jumping, and swimming, the 8,215-acre reserve was established in 1974 and has been the site of many movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Pleasantville, Planet of the Apes and countless others. Find props from old movies, as well as lakes, beautiful vistas, bluff views and much more.
6.) Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Simi Valley is home to many things, but did you know you can actually board President Reagan’s Air Force One? As the site of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, he’s even buried here! Among the permanent exhibits, visitors can touch a piece of the Berlin Wall, and see Air Force One up close and personal.
7.) Sunken City
San Pedro, CA 90731
One of the coolest spots in LA is located in San Pedro. Called the ‘Sunken City,’ this site was actually home for many, but several decades ago, a landslide caused the homes on the cliff to literally fall into the Pacific Ocean. What’s left is a mess of pipes, roads and graffiti from those who have made their mark over the years. It’s pretty interesting, and if you’ve ever wondered what a city would look like at the end of the world, this is your chance to see it.
8.) Wayfarers Chapel
5755 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
It’s been the site of many weddings over the years for its beautiful setting, but Palos Verdes’ Wayfarers Chapel is much more than that. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, it’s also known as the “Glass Church” and is unique for its modern architecture, stunning views of the Pacific from the cliffs and incorporation into the natural landscape.
9.) Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Originally the home of Virginia Dryden Robinson and husband Harry Robinson, the heir to the Robinson & Co fortune, the grounds are now public and feature beautiful gardens, and an equally stunning home.
10.) Bronson Cave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Bronson Canyon is a great place to go hiking for many Angelenos, but one of the coolest places inside this Griffith Park locale are the Bronson Caves. As the site of many movies and TV shows, especially westerns, the caves were actually formed when a quarry ceased operation in the ’20s.