Solo Travel in Los Angeles
Types of GatG’s (types of solos) – Beach GatG, Sightseeing GatG, Movie GatG, Shopping GatG, Theme Park GatG
Los Angeles, the City of Angels, and a must for movie lovers. A destination where you can shop, hike and sightsee in one day. But where do you start in this famous American city? With the help of other solo female travellers from our community, I’ve put together a quick guide for solo travel in Los Angeles to help you plan a solo trip to this iconic destination.
Safety in Los Angeles
As with any city, you do need to be careful with your belongings especially in the touristy areas which can be an attraction for pickpockets. There is crime in the South Central region so you may want to avoid areas such as Compton or Crenshaw. There are plenty of other travellers here to meet especially at the well-known tourist sites (listed below). The DCBID’s Safety Teams help to keep the streets both safe and clean.
Top Must-Sees For Solos
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
This has to be the top thing to do in Los Angeles! Walk along the Hollywood Boulevard and spot your favourite celebrity from more than 2,600 stars that line the path. Each star dedicated to a famous person with an emblem of what they are famous for. If you see a film camera, it symbolises being in movies or a theatre mask for theatre performances.
See the star for Marilyn Monroe, Neil Armstrong (the astronaut from Apollo), Johnny Depp and so many more. The Walk of Fame is over a mile long from La Brea Avenue avenue with the most well-known star near the Chinese Theatre. And it’s free too!
2. See the Hollywood Sign
You can’t come to Los Angeles and not see the Hollywood sign! But did you know that the original sign used to say ‘Hollywoodland and is nearly 100 years old?” Today this sign is a world famous landmark that can be seen from various points in the city such as Sunset Boulevard. Or if you want to get active and see it closer up, take a stroll to Griffith Park.
3. Warner Bros Studio Tour
Warner Bros Studio is the location of some of the well-loved series films and TV shows and a must for any movie lover. This is where you can visit Central Perk from Friends or have your photo taken with a Batmobile. Take a three hour tour of this real life working Hollywood studio for an intimate behind the scenes peek at costumes and props used in some of your favourite movies. At the end you can immerse yourself within an interactive experience in the world of filmmaking. If you love Harry Potter you can see the original props used in this iconic fantasy world.
Things To Do in Los Angeles
Escape the crowds
At Huntington Library. But more specifically, the gardens within the grounds of the library. Lose yourself in the Chinese garden or just admire the manicured layout as you sit and relax, away from the city.
Get a great view at
The OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA. Get great views of the city from 69 floors above it at any time of the day. You can even do yoga at sunset here too!
Places to enjoy the sun
At Venice Beach! Watch others working out at Venice Muscle Beach as you lay on the sand and enjoy the sun. Then take a stroll on Venice Beach Boardwalk and watch the street performers along the 2.5 mile walk.
Go to El Matador to watch the sunset. It’s one of the best coastlines to see the sun set at the end of the day but be prepared to walk down a steep path to get there.
If you love your food, Grand Central Market is the place to be. This food hall has been open for over a century and is a meeting place for people all over the city. Pick up a taco or two at a cheap price.
Discover arts and goods from independent merchants at the Grand Central Market Bazaar. It is open 7 days a week at 317 S Broadway.
Los Angeles Tours
Day Tours – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Los Angeles. Choose from a full-day LA Grand Tour, a hike to the Hollywood Sign or a Hollywood and Celebrity Homes Tour. There are several to choose from and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.
Activities For All Types of Solos
Stroll around Echo Park Lake admiring the flowers and the skyline of Downtown LA as you pedal yourself around. You can even hire a pedal boat of you prefer your view from the water instead of land.
Cycle the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. This bike path starts from Will Rogers State Beach and stretches along the west coast, finishing 22 miles later at Torrance County Beach.
You have to go to Rodeo Drive! Especially if you’ve seen the movie Pretty Woman, which featured the Beverly Wilshire Hotel here. You don’t need to spend hours though as most people visit the area near Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard. Just take your credit card with you if you’re planning to actually shop in Versace instead of just looking through the window.
Have a tourist moment
At Hollywood Boulevard. Or at Six Flags Mountains, a theme park with more than 200 acres of roller coasters, and comic characters. Look out for Wonder Woman or Bugs Bunny when you’re there.
In The Evenings
If you have access to a car, why not do the American thing and drive to a drive-in to watch a movie. There are several movie theatres that you can drive in to choose from. Head to SoCal with your bag of popcorn and wile away a few hours watching one of your favourite films.
See the stars (literally!) Stare at the evening sky through one of the telescopes at Griffith Observatory. If you’re here at the right time, you may be lucky enough to have a talk with one of the astronomers who can show you exactly what you’re looking at.
If it’s LAX nightlife that you’re after, you can’t go wrong at the legendary Sunset Strip. This famous area is home to The Viper Room, and the Roxy Theatre and has music, comedy and plenty of partying to keep you going for hours into the night. You may want to team up with others to experience the nightlife.
Have you been solo to Los Angeles? What do you recommend to see and do?
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