Los Angeles is known for Disneyland, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, but it is also a treasure trove for unique and off beat attractions. Firstly, the Asian communities - Little Tokyo, Koreatown and Chinatown - are excellent places to find great restaurants, amazing bargains and unusual imported goods. The Sunken City in San Pedro is what remains of a neighbourhood that sunk into the ocean in 1929. There are ruins of old foundations, old roads, abandoned streetcar tracks and contemporary graffiti on the stony walls. It has amazing views of the ocean and is an ideal place to watch the sunset. The Last Bookstore, an iconic LA bookstore housed in what was once a bank, offers a great selection of well-priced books and a selection of vintage ones.
For eclectic and unique souvenirs, or just a place to window shop, head to the Wacky Soap Plant or The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. The former sells a collection of curious, freaky, unique, colourful and cool, novelties like jalapeño string lights, weird books and pop culture ephemera. The latter is where you’ll find a collection of funny “time travel” curiosities that one needs in order to visit the past and future such as Robot Toupees and Barbarian Repellent and all proceeds go to funding a non-profit organization for tutoring 6 to 18 year olds. The Urban Lights sculpture is composed of over 220 restored cast-iron antique street lamps that marks the museum district and is a beautiful place to take a picture, day or night.
To watch a movie outdoors, on an open grassy field and under the stars, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a resting place for many famous actors of old Hollywood, encourages people to bring a picnic dinner and blankets for the best experience. For a movie experience à la 1950s, head to The Electric Dusk Drive-In, LA’s premier drive-in theater on a rooftop in the heart of Downtown. An area that has it all is Griffith Park. Here you can picnic and visit a zoo that was abandoned in 1966 and get the best view of the Hollywood Sign through Bronson Cave, a popular movie filming location. Finally, you cannot miss a night hike in Griffith Park because it is the best place to experience the magical feeling of seeing the landscape of the city from afar.