When it comes to getting to know L.A., it pays to be in-the-know. Sure, you can check off the boxes of your sightseeing list at all of the typical tourist spots, like Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and Rodeo Drive. There’s nothing wrong with coloring inside of the lines. However, if you’re an out-of-the-box type of vacationer, Los Angeles has so much more to offer than meets the eye. Below, we’ve put together a brief list of some of the area’s hottest attractions that you might not see on an ordinary travel guide. We hope that you enjoy these unexpectedly awesome attractions as much as we do!

The Descanso Gardens at La Cañada Flintridge

Stop and smell the five acres of roses at this expansive and exquisite locale, where visitors can observe the beautiful plant life that thrives in L.A.’s Mediterranean climate. If your visit just so happens to take place when they’re not blooming, there’s always the Camellia Collection.

The Camera Obscura at the Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center

You’ve got that right—this old-fashioned attraction is hidden away inside of a senior center! The second floor of this building houses a historic 19th century periscope that inspired the invention of photography. Not only is this old-school “webcam before webcams were a thing” intriguing, but it’s also free!

Skyslide at the U.S. Bank Tower

Take in the incredible city views from the 70th story of the U.S. Bank Tower’s exterior, where visitors can slide down to the 69th story by way of a one-thousand-foot-long glass-incased slide. The ride is short but exhilarating; there’s nothing else in L.A. like it!

The Endeavour at the California Science Center

See the last spaceship built by the NASA space program up close and personal! While visitors aren’t allowed to explore inside of the ship, you can get right underneath the massive L.A.-built aircraft—a true native star of L.A.

The Night Gallery in Lincoln Heights

For lovers of the arts and nightlife, the Night Gallery is the perfect cultural outlet. A spot for drinking, smoking, and art, this spot is open from 10:00pm until 2:00am on Tuesday through Saturday every week.

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