Last Updated on November 14, 2021
Are you headed to Los Angeles? If it’s your first time coming to this dynamic, sprawling city, you are probably wondering about the outdoors. LA is known for its weather just as much as the entertainment industry. While you could spend your time in a hotel, restaurants, bars, and other indoor establishments, a better choice is to spend your time outside. With so many options for outdoor activities, you won’t be disappointed by the things to do in Los Angeles. Below are five outdoor activities to do in LA.
Hiking is popular among people who live in Los Angeles. One great way to combine hiking and a tourist activity is to hike up the Hollywood sign. There are plenty of options for trails in the area. You can drive out to Angeles National Forest, Topanga Canyon, or even further out to a place like Joshua Tree if you want to get out of the city. You can also hike around Griffith Observatory and look through some telescopes afterward. Whatever you are doing in Los Angeles, set aside a day to hike and enjoy the scenery and natural world.
One great way to experience Los Angeles is to go to the local gyms found here. If you are a bodybuilder and want to work out in the sun, you can’t miss Muscle Beach in Venice. Even if you don’t want to work out, going to see these muscular men lift weights is a sight to be seen. Los Angeles is known for its gyms and its gym culture. Whether you want to work out outside or need gyms with childcare, LA has it all. But if you can work out outside, you should. The weather is great, and you will get a chance to show off your body.
Go to the Beach
Los Angeles isn’t just known for its sunshine; it is also known for its beaches. Whatever beach experience you want is available in LA. If you want to experience the eccentric beach community the city has to offer, go to Venice Beach. There are plenty of cool cafes, you can do some shopping in the trendy stores along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, or just take in what’s happening in the area around Muscle Beach, which I’ve already mentioned above. There’s always something to see, and it’s a great spot for people watching.
A more wholesome boardwalk experience is a few minutes’ walk north in Santa Monica. Malibu provides unparalleled beauty and seclusion. You can also head down to Orange County for even better beaches to swim and lay out in the sun. If you don’t go to the beach, did you really go to LA?
Griffith Park is an amazing place for a picnic. Go to a high-end store and buy some meats, cheese, bread, and wine. Bring a blanket and some friends. You can sit, eat, enjoy some craft beverages, and walk around the park. This is also where Griffith Observatory is. When you are done with your picnic and your hike, head to the observatory, which is free to visit. It’s a Must-Visit for anyone interested in astronomy, stars and space. Griffith Park is also a great place to enjoy fantastic views over Los Angeles – not just for sunset, but any time of day.
At some point, you might want to get out of town. Joshua Tree National Park is a popular spot to get some air, hike, and contemplate in the desert. Joshua Tree is known for the trees of its namesake and the spirituality the region has to offer. Bohemians and mystics have flocked to Joshua Tree for years. Depending on the time of year, it might be hot so bring some sunscreen and a hat, but if you catch it at the perfect time, you will be able to find peace in the desert.
When you are coming to Los Angeles, you just must make sure to spend some time outside. You will, of course, want to go to restaurants, bars, museums, and more, but doing outdoor activities is a great way to experience this legendary city in a new way. Locals love to hike and get out of the city. While a lot of locals don’t necessarily go to the beach, you must experience the coast of California while you’re here. Whatever you are doing in Los Angeles, make some time to spend outdoors and above all, enjoy yourself.