Hidden Gems: 8 of Los Angeles’ Top Non-Touristy Attractions

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Major cities like L.A. hold host to millions of tourists every year, making it more and more difficult to break through the ever-growing crowds. If you’re seeking a quieter escapade, here we explore 8 things to do in L.A. that remain, for now, under the radar.

1. Lake Hollywood

Fancy a change from the rolling beaches covering the California coastline? Then Lake Hollywood is the place for you. Located just north of Hollywood, this body of water is more reservoir than its preferred moniker. But still, take some time out from the hustle and bustle of L.A. and enjoy a peaceful walk along the 3.5 mile long paved path that surrounds the lake.Β 

Lake Hollywood
2600 Lake Hollywood Dr Los Angeles
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Hollywood Reservoir
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2. Yoga at Runyon Canyon

Yoga? L.A? A match made in heaven. Situated in one of the city’s most popular outdoor destinations in a secluded section near the south entrance of the park is a daily yoga class. Completely donation based and held every morning at 10:30am, connect with your inner peace and enjoy this snippet of tranquility.Β 

Runyon Canyon Yoga
1998 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
Telephone: Β +1 213-665-5188
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Runyon Canyon Yoga
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3. Ferndell Nature Centre

Tucked away in the Western Canyon entrance of Griffith Park is Ferndell Nature Reserve. Something that is hard to come by in Hollywood, this natural haven is drenched in shade offered by the canopy of California sycamore trees that line the path. A perfect walking spot, minus the teetering hills.Β 

Ferndell Nature Centre
5375 Red Oak Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, United States
Telephone: Β +1 323-666-5046
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Ferndell Nature Reserve
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4. The Troubadour

One of the smaller, more intimate music venues in Los Angeles, the Troubadour is legendary. With a capacity for just over a hundred, this music venue has had its fair share of illustrious guests. From Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to The Byrds and Elton John, bask in the glory of some of the world’s most famous artists and maybe take in a show.

The Troubadour
9081 N Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States
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The Troubadour, LA
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5. The Secret Staircases of Los Angeles

Across Los Angeles secret staircases make connections between neighbourhoods. Acting as a constant reminder of the city’s rich cultural history, these hidden gems hark back to a time before the commercialisation that made L.A. what it is today.Β 

Secret Staircase, LA
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6. Leo Carillo State ParkΒ 

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, take a trip to Leo Carrillo State Park located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica. This state park boasts 1.5 miles of rolling beachfront where visitors can enjoy all the benefits of a day at the sea but without the crazy throng of Los Angeles tourists.Β 

Leo Carillo State Park
35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, United States
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Leo Carrillo State Park, LA
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7. The Bradbury Building

If stunning, historic architecture is your tipple, a visit to The Bradbury Building in L.A. is a must. Named as the oldest commercial building in the city, its packed will winding marble staircases and Victorian inspired architecture. Be sure to have your camera at the ready!

The Bradbury Building
304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
Telephone: Β +1 213-626-1893
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The Bradbury Building, LA
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8. Chandelier Tree in Silver Lake

A marvel in its own way, the Chandelier Tree in Silver Lake is exactly what it says on the tin. A towering 84m tall tree covered in 30 dazzling antique chandeliers. A great visit in the daytime, this hidden gem comes to life when the sun sets.Β 

Chandelier Tree, Silver Lake
W. Silver Lake Dr. &, Shadowlawn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States
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Chandelier Tree, LA
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