10. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."
Our Inside Los Angeles writer Kayleigh Roberts discusses summer activities in Los Angeles, California:
Thanks to LA’s near perfect weather, it can feel like summer here all year round. But, since summer means vacations which, in turn, means an influx of tourists (and friends and relatives of locals) looking for fun things to do, here’s a list of five must-do LA activities you can try this summer:
LACMA: Not only is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a cultural must-see, home to exhibits of work from world-famous and up-and-coming artists, it’s also a great source of special programming. The museum hosts discussions and events that locals should keep and eye on and offers visitors a chance at a classic LA Instagram pic—posing with the lamps at the museum’s “Urban Lights” exhibit.
Upright Citizens Brigade: LA is home to a collection of some of the funniest and most creative up and coming actors, writers, and comedians in the world and many of them work their way through the ranks at improv studios like UCB to perfect their respective crafts. With two venues, each with full calendars of cheap (and sometimes free) shows, UCB is a great place to get a lot of entertainment bang for your buck—and maybe see some future famous people in the process.
Griffith Observatory: In LA, many of the landmarks are famous themselves, having appeared prominently in films. The iconic Griffith Observatory is one of the best examples of this phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s a world-class planetarium that will please any science lovers in your group and on the other, it’s an iconic filming location (its most famous appearance is as the setting for the climactic scene in Rebel Without a Cause) that will please the more starstruck members of your group.
Disneyland: While it’s technically in Anaheim and not in LA proper, Disneyland has rocketed above Universal Studios (which is actually in LA) as the must-visit theme park in the area this year thanks to the opening of the immensely immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in the park, which is a pilgrimage destination for geeks and still a genuinely fun time for non-geeks.
Pink’s Hotdogs: If you want to eat somewhere that’s iconically LA, you can’t get much more classic (or touristy) than Pink’s. Yes, you’ll have to wait in a long line for your meal, but you might just run into a celebrity while you’re there, so there’s that.
When it comes to getting around in LA, if you’re not local, you should seriously consider renting a car, since navigating on public transit, while doable, can be complicated and time consuming and suck up a lot of your valuable experiencing LA time (not that riding the bus for three hours isn’t a kind of LA experience all in its own). If you don’t want to rent a car, download Uber or Lyft or make sure you have the Metro transit time and maps bookmarked on your phone.