Los Angeles is known for setting trends and spotting celebrities. People flock there every year and hopes of seeing someone famous and exploring all the city has to offer. However, sometimes you want to live like a local. Sometimes you want to do what they do and not feel as if you stick out like a sore thumb. Well, to that end, we offer a list of things to do to help you blend in. These will have you trekking LA like a local in no time. You might even make a new friend or two. Here are the non-touristy things to do in Los Angeles.
Eat great Sushi
Honestly, if you haven’t been to Little Tokyo, then you are missing out. Most of the locals know all the great spots to eat sushi are in or around Little Tokyo. However, you need to make sure you’re on your game as some of the local sushi spots such as Sushi Komasa will give you a bit of chastisement if you don’t follow proper sushi etiquette!
Watch a Movie with the Dead
That’s right, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery you can actually watch a movie in the graveyard. This has been going on since 2002, and has become a hit with the locals. Also, you get to see some of Hollywood’s dearly departed such as Cecil B DeMille, and Rudolph Valentino. So, make sure you’re there early to get tickets before they sellout. Showtimes are posted at the beginning of the month.
Hike Fryman Canyon
Our list of non-touristy things to do in Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without exploring the outdoors. This great hiking spot is located off of Mulholland Drive and is easy to find. If you recognize that, it’s for good reason. George Clooney’s house sits at the end of that street in several stars have been spotted hiking along the Deering Trail. However, even if you don’t catch a celebrity, you will absolutely catch some amazing views of the surrounding hills in the city. Pack a lunch and make a day of it, Fryman Canyon is worth the trek.
Grab a Cocktail at Bonavista Lounge
Every hour, the lounge revolves on it’s 35th floor perch of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Here, you can quietly sip a cocktail and take in a few appetizers while you look at all of the fascinating scenery below. The entrées can be quite pricey, so try going during the non-peak times such as between lunch and dinner to get the best prices. The views are worth it, and the peace and quiet are a welcome break after a long day of sightseeing.
Catch a Free LA Philharmonic Concert
Well, this is like a concert of sorts. During the weekdays in summer, the LA Philharmonic rehearse at the Hollywood Bowl. This has hosted such legendary musicians and entertainers as Louis Armstrong, Elton John, and the Beatles. As an added bonus, the Hollywood Sign is right there for everyone to see as a backdrop against the Hollywood Bowl. Watching the Philharmonic practice is like having your own private concert… minus the hefty ticket price.
Play some Putt Putt
That’s right, one of the best most epic mini golf courses in the world is located in Los Angeles. Sherman Oaks Castle Park has been hosting three holes of 18 course fun for years now. They feature awesome obstacles and quirky little decorations around the course. You might see a star or two there as well. If you’re into video games, check out the arcade. They have the classics!
Have a Great Hotdog
No, this is not the iconic pinks hotdogs, but rather a little lesser-known the place called Skooby’s. You can find this one in the middle of Hollywood. Here, you will have one of the tastiest hotdogs you have ever put in your mouth. You can go original with just the dog on a freshly toasted awesome Hawaiian roll that is slathered with garlic. Of course, you can add your own toppings, and even go a little bit more upscale by adding some of their grilled onions or mustard to the mix.
Ride a Bike
Instead of visiting the famous Santa Monica pier, bike between Venice and Santa Monica instead. There is a great trail, and plenty of stops along the way. This way you can blend in more like a local, and get rid of the crowds. Also, the view of the beach as you ride between the two locations is simply amazing.
Now you won’t be tempted to do your best James Dean impression the next time you find yourself in Los Angeles. Note, rather than being donned with bad sunglasses, a back pack, and a map to the stars homes, you will be navigating the city like a native. You also find yourself doing some pretty cool things too. Have fun!
Do you have any thing else to add to the non-touristy things to do in Los Angeles?
Photo credits – Sushi, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Fryman Canyon, Cocktail, Hollywood Bowl, Putt Putt, Hotdog & Rent a Bike