Solo Travel in Los Angeles
Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – 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 a solo trip to Los Angeles to help you plan a trip to LA and experience the best of this iconic destination.
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- Safety in Los Angeles
- Must-Sees in Los Angeles
- Things To Do in Los Angeles
- Activities in Los Angeles For All Solos
- At Night in Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Tours
- Places To Stay in Los Angeles
- Plan a Trip To Los Angeles
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.
Must-Sees in Los Angeles
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. You can even take a helicopter flight to see this iconic sign from above.
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.
Activities in Los Angeles For All 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.
Another of the outdoor activities Los Angeles is to 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.
At Night in Los Angeles
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. It's one of the places to go at night in Los Angeles and 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.
Los Angeles Tours
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day tours and activities in Los Angeles. Choose from Hollywood tours seeing celebrity homes, a semi-submarine cruise on Santa Catalina Island, or a Newport Beach 2 hour whale watching tour. There are plenty to choose from such as a Beverly Hills and Hollywood helicopter tour and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review or click the link below for all their tours.
Viator – Viator are similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. They also offer Los Angeles day trips such as a Catalina Island day trip with Discover Avalon scenic tour. Although some of their tours in Los Angeles have a minimum of 2 people, there are several tours to join as a solo. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.
Intrepid Travel – If you’re searching for some company to explore the USA with, Intrepid Travel is a responsible travel company that offers active tours within Los Angeles and its surrounding area. Choose from a 5 day LA to Vegas adventure, a 10 day trip from Vegas to LA exploring the Grand National Parks, 11 days from LA to San Francisco or explore Wild Western USA over 11 days. There are several to choose from. On each tour, you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room. Intrepid operate a flexible booking policy so you can change your travel plans up to 21 days before departure. Read the Intrepid Review here or click on the link below for their tours.
Places To Stay in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has all types of accommodation no matter what your budget. From hostels to motels and international hotels with a view of the Hollywood Sign. Choose to stay near Hollywood Boulevard to be close to the main attractions.
Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rental accommodation in Los Angeles on a short-term basis and rooms in LA with a local. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link.
All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
For those who prefer the freedom of the open road consider hiring an RV and driving yourself around the USA stopping in Los Angeles on the way. As a solo traveller, you’ll have plenty of space for your accommodation, your own transport and possibly a kitchenette too. RVshare allows you to compare RV rates from different brands and find local owners near you. In most cases, they deliver to a specific location or park, so the home-away-from-home will be ready and waiting for you on arrival. Plus, you can bring your pet! Prices start from $75 a night. * Book a campervan with RVshare
The Steady – $
For the budget GatG, The Steady is a stylish hostel located in the Hollywood district. Some of the beds are more like a pod and have their own privacy with a private curtain. There is a common room to meet others with a clean and natural atmosphere and design. You can find a hairdryer in the bathroom and lots of natural light. Stay as a solo and leave with new friends. Choose from a single bed in a mixed or female-only dormitory room.
- Prices from £25/ $35 USD per night for a single bed in a mixed dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for The Steady
Hotel Indigo – $$
Hotel Indigo is a chic 4 star hotel in LA. Nothing is too much to ask here. The rooms are clean and spacious with a gorgeous design and some with a city view. There’s a sun terrace, an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar, and even a nightclub. All rooms have soundproofing so you can enjoy a quiet night’s sleep and come with a coffee machine. Breakfast is option but they do cater for vegans. Choose from a superior double, an executive twin or king, or a king studio suite.
- Prices from £142/ $200 USD per night for a queen room
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Indigo
Loews Hollywood Hotel – $$$
This 4 star hotel has everything that you need for your Los Angeles stay. Close to Hollywood Boulevard and the TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theatre, the Loews Hollywood Hotel is in the perfect location for exploring. You don’t even need to leave the hotel for dinner as there are several restaurants onsite and you can indulge in California cuisine or even a cocktail. There’s a sun terrace and rooftop pool for relaxing in after a day of sightseeing. The rooms come complete with a coffee maker, a minibar and an iPod dock. Choose from a city view king or double, a capitol king or a king room with a view of the Hollywood sign. You’re in Hollywood baby!
- Prices from £215/ $300 USD per night for a city view room
- To book, check prices or availability for Loews Hollywood Hotel
Plan a Trip to Los Angeles
If you are planning a trip to Los Angeles, below are useful websites such as local costs, visas and vaccination requirements and airlines that fly there.
Budget – $150 USD + a day
Population – 3.967 million
Language spoken – English
Local Currency – US Dollar
Do I need a visa? Yes, if you are a British Citizen and other nationalities
The Best Time to Go – April and June
Have you been solo to Los Angeles? What do you recommend to see and do?
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