Los Angeles gets more than 48 million visitors every year, and sometimes it feels like they’re all at Universal Studios. Which is a pity, since the energetic, diverse, creative city has so much more to offer than what most people see. (And don’t believe the famous lyric: Walking in L.A. can be great.)
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West Hollywood is a hub of hip—and to Angelenos obsessed with the new and now, that means something. Stroll Melrose Avenue, where dozens of stores specialize in L.A.’s brand of bizarre but cool. Notable are Necromance, a curiosity shop that makes taxidermy trendy; Goorin Bros., a bespoke hatmaker; and Fred Segal, the granddaddy of celebrity fashion. Over on Sunset Boulevard, legendary record store Amoeba Music takes up a full city block with its enormous selection of vinyl, CDs, DVDs, posters, and books. For more old-school vibes, head to Melrose Trading Post, a weekly flea market where musicians perform while vendors sell art, jewelry, crystals, vintage clothes, and all manner of unexpected finds.
There’s plenty to do in Griffith Park, but the Griffith Observatory is the must-see. Its role in La La Landrightfully flaunted its enchanting views of the heavens and the twinkling city below. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium wows with engaging, affordable shows ($7). Tickets are only sold onsite; come on a weekday for your best chances of getting in, or be in line by 10 a.m. on weekends.
More nearby: Also within the park’s 6.7 square miles: the Los Angeles Zoo, hiking access to the Hollywood sign, and the achingly beautiful 1926 carousel known for inspiring Walt to build Disneyland. Kids will love Travel Town, an endearing collection of retired trains where they can dart and explore.