Los Angeles is full of fun and exciting things to do. Whether you are looking to go to a theme park like Disneyland, Six Flags, or Knott’s Berry Farm, or just looking to go to the beach you have many things to choose from. However, many of these options fill up quickly or become crowded very easily. If you are looking for something more off the beaten path to avoid crowds, take a look at our top five options.
Angeles Crest Highway
Angeles Crest Highway allows you to escape the city and enjoy the scenic drive through Angeles National Forest. This escape from the city is remarkably easy to get to, and it generally surprises visitors to see how quick you can go from concrete jungle to serene mountain landscape. All you need to do is turn off Foothill Blvd in La Canada and you will transport yourself to an entirely new, serene location.
These architectural wonders were built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia over 33 years. Watts Towers is a series of sculptures constructed of steel and mortar. The towers are embellished with whatever Rodia could find—mostly mosaic tiles, soda pop bottles, and shells; if he found it, he used it! The towers rise to almost 100 feet, the city limit for structures.
Once the home of gang-bangers of the Latin persuasion, in the last 20 years Silverlake has undergone a hipster gentrification. What was once a rundown area of the ghetto now houses nice cafes, restaurants, and thrift shops. Silverlake is easiest to get to through Sunset Blvd between Virgil Ave and Alvarado Street. This location is now home to young screenwriters looking to hit it big and actors taking classes.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Located on Santa Monica Blvd is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visitors can see the gravesite of Johnny Ramone, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil DeMille, Fay Wray, and Bugsy Siegel. This location is also one of the more interesting cemeteries you will ever see, with the rich and famous of days past attempting to outdo each other for eternity with fancy and elaborate headstones and mausoleums.
Old Town Pasadena
Pasadena was first settled in 1870s, and Old Town is a prime example of revitalization of an old city center to create a rather charming location. The buildings are mostly Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco, reflecting a golden age of Los Angeles.