Instagramable Los Angeles
Grab your camera because we’re taking you to some of the most photogenic parts of L.A.
As the second most popular destination in the Greyhound network, there’s no question that Los Angeles should be a definite must-see. But when you’re headed to the City of Angels and are in need of some serious photo inspiration, look no further because we know exactly where you need to head next.
1Christmas Lights in Los Angeles
LA Zoo Lights
Get ready for the wild wonderland that gets all of Los Angeles in the Christmas spirit. LA Zoo Lights has become a holiday staple in the city. Grab your family and headed over for this self-guided 60- to 90- minute tour full of seasonal magic, Christmas Spirit, and real reindeer. Stroll through an illuminated park draped in the glowing “Animal Power” cord with standout displays of LED monkey’s hanging from the Christmas tree, jaw-dropped displays of your favorite animals and more. As you walk through the purple, disco ball-filled forest, snap a few selfies so you can reminisce on the enjoyable holiday season all year long. You can see a real reindeer all day, every day, but if you’re planning a Santa sighting you must check his schedule.
Address: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Christmas Lights At Venice Canals
Every year the bridges of the Venice Canals are adorned with Christmas lights, free and open to the public to take a stroll at anytime they would like. The Holiday Lights Tour has been named one of the best walking lights tours in the city and is a great place to take some amazing holiday photos. The must-see annual holiday boat parade will take place on December 9th at 3:30pm and has been a tradition since 1983.
Address: Venice, CA 90292
Fitness, Fun, and Photos on Venice Beach
That’s right, there are Venice Canals in Los Angeles and we found them just for you – near Venice Beach, of course! In the early 1900s, local residents decided that the Italians shouldn’t be the only ones with beautiful canals, boats and bridges so they built their own. Grab your camera and take a stroll down these streets and make your way over some of the fantastic bridges. With several canals connected by bridges you’ll have no trouble finding places to explore during your trip to this part of the city. One of the perks – most of the streets around the canals are pedestrian-only, which is pretty rare in Los Angeles, so you’ll be able to enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Address: Carroll Ct. & Eastern Canal Ct., Venice, CA 90293
The Boardwalk: Venice Ocean Front Walk is a great place to stroll and socialize and enjoy California’s sunshine and breeze. While walking down the boardwalk you will find some amazing food, make new friends and maybe even run into a few celebs. The culture of the beach has anything from street artist to live music and museums.
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Muscle Beach was once the home gym of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and so many other bodybuilders, celebs, and Olympic winners. The Muscle Beach Gym is one of the only outside weight rooms and whether you’re a spectator or a wanting to get a workout in, it’s accessible for a small fee.
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
3Sweets, Slides, and Scenery
Urban Light at the LACMA has become the unofficial symbol of the city and is the perfect place to find the perfect lighting and angles for all selfies and cell phone photoshoots. Chris Burden created the installation from restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, it opened in 2008 and just hit its tenth anniversary, since then it has been a place where tourists and locals flock to snack photos, chat with friends and upload memories.
Address 1: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The OE SkySpace is 1,000 feet above the city of Los Angeles so you can see the city’s stunning landscapes on two open-air observation terraces. In addition to the amazing views to snap photos that will keep your followers engaged, you can feel the thrill on the world’s first ever sky slide, it’s all glass and creates an illusion of sliding down into the city’s skyline.
Address 2: 633 W 5th St #840, Los Angeles, CA 90071
4Parks & Recreation
If you’re looking for photos of zebras and for your chance to feed a giraffe, you’re ready for the L.A. Zoo. But if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to head down into the cages to feed the lions, or monkey around in a cage, the abandoned zoo at Griffith Park is the perfect place for you. While this was once a lively, bustling zoo filled with animals, one day it was emptied and left open to the public so anyone can walk in and get a first-hand look at what it’s like to be in the cages. Bring the kids so they can play in a giant jungle gym while the adults can get some artsy photos you can’t find many other places.
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
LA Art District Graffiti
When you’re looking for great Instagramable moments, you cannot go wrong with awesome street art, so naturally we had to add the L.A. Art District to our list. The Art District is on the East side of the city and is neighbors with Little Tokyo, and the Financial, Toy and Wholesale Districts, so if you find yourself making your way to any of these places it’ll be pretty easy to swing by to see the street art before your next stop. From colorful murals to black and white newspaper-inspired pieces, there’s a plethora of works to use as your backdrop for your next photo shoot.
Address: 203 S. Geary Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013