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City of Stars: 8 Places to Visit in Los Angeles from La La Land

If you haven’t caught the La La Land bug yet, I’m sure you will soon.  After we saw the movie, I found myself replaying the music in my head while waiting for people to jump out of their cars in the parking lot to start singing. It’s infectious.  The story, the music, the entire movie is infectious.

It’s also a big reminder about the dreamland that is Los Angeles.

I’m sure a lot of us who are born-and-raised here tend to forget what the world really sees this city as, but this movie has gotten me to remember the city how most of America sees it – a dreamer’s city.

When you find your way out here for a dream or not (or just to walk in the same plots of land that Ryan Gosling has), here are some of my favorite locations from the movie you might want to add to your “to visit” list.  (Don’t worry – there’s no real spoilers.)

 

1. GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY | www.griffithobservatory.org
2800 E. Observatory Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

^Our visit in 2009

This is the location where Mia and Sebastian fall in love, dancing amongst the stars in a theater.  We’ve been here several times often taking friends from out town to see the landmark and catch the view of the city.  Outdoors, it’s a beautiful spot to catch the sunset, but indoors you’ll be able to satisfy your astronomy needs.  If you’re not big on astronomy, this spot is also the end point for a popular hiking trail if you’d prefer to get a little workout in.

2. GRAND CENTRAL MARKET | www.grandcentralmarket.com
317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

^From our engagement session 🙂

There was only a short snippet from the movie here where they grabbed a bite to eat, but it’s one of our favorite places to go so it deserves a spot on the list.  It’s a hefty sharing of the current culture of Los Angeles when it comes to satisfying the palate – it mixes the old with the new with great food from so many different cultures.  You can see a little more from our recent trip here.

 

3. WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO | www.wbstudiotour.com
3400 W. Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 91505

^First time on the tour with my sis-in-law

This is where the cafe that Mia works at is located – on the Warner Brother’s lot.  I’ve been on the WB Studio Tour twice now and each time was equally fun.  I’d go again!  The biggest highlight on the lot for me is getting to visit Central Perk from the show Friends (and you get to sit on the couch!).  If you’re interested, check out the site to get more details on how to get your dose of behind-the-scenes movie (and TV) magic.

 

4. WATTS TOWERS | www.wattstowers.us
1727 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Our family has yet to visit this historic landmark, but we’ve been meaning to especially since Roy Choi has opened up a restaurant nearby called LocoL (make it a day trip!). The art is beautifully unique as it’s decorated with objects the artist found such as glass, seashells, bottles, etc.

5. COLORADO STREET BRIDGE
532 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

from visitpasadena.com

I don’t have photos of us here, but we’ve seen it about a hundred times as we pass by to get to Pasadena.  It has a pretty interesting history (I’ll let you Google it if you’re curious enough), but it’s also hard to miss on the drive.  We just, however, never needed to walk or drive over it.

 

6. HERMOSA BEACH PIER | www.hermosabch.org
1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

I thought I’ve walked most of the piers out here, but as it turns out, I’m missing one!  This is the pier Sebastian walks on around sunset while singing “City of Stars.”  Although I haven’t really hung out in Hermosa, I highly doubt it’s as full of tourists as beaches like Venice, so if you need a break from that, this may be a good spot to take a stroll (or start singing and dancing with strangers).

 

7. RIALTO THEATRE | www.laconservancy.org/locations/rialto-theatre
812 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

You’ll probably laugh at this, but you know the Rialto Theatre where they went to watch Rebel Without a Cause?  It’s now an Urban Outfitters.  If you’re in the area and would like to see the outside of the theatre then do a little shopping, here’s a fun stop!

8. ANGELS KNOLL PARK
356 S Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

^From 2011 shortly after 500 Days of Summer
In the movie during the summer montage, Mia and Sebastian kiss on Angel’s Flight – the funicular railway – up to the top of the hill.  This has actually been closed for a few years and was just used for the movie.  If you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer, this is the same park with the bench with the view of the city.  Upon writing this, however, I found out that the park is actually for sale, and I’m going to guess it’s going to turn into something obnoxious like new apartment buildings.  It’s not in great shape right now, but if you drive by, you should still be able to see Angel’s Flight, but the park is now sadly closed to the public. Just decided to leave this here as I’m sure that scene was memorable for many.

What were some of your favorite locations from the movie? 🙂

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19 Comments

  • Reply crystal

    nice pics!!! I love the LA skyline…. can’t see the traffic…. lol I am going to add some of these locations to my wish list!!!

    February 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Hahahah oh our traffic is hard to hide! Hope you’re able to visit soon!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Krista

    I loved that La La Land movie!!! haha it was so good! I’ve never heard of Watts Tower before, I’ll definitely have to check it out when I go to Los Angeles!

    February 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Yup! Definitely include in on the list!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Candi

    Love this! I am hoping to take an LA trip soon and would love to visit these places! 🙂

    February 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Yes!! Hope you’re able to visit soon! Bookmark for later! 🙂

      February 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Brandi

    We’re planning a trip to LA, so this perfect timing! Thanks so much for sharing the ideas!

    February 4, 2017 at 1:18 am
    • Reply Vy

      Awesome!! Feel free to reach out if you need any tips!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Rebekah

    Great article! I would love to visit LA!

    February 4, 2017 at 3:50 am
    • Reply Vy

      Hopefully you’ll be able to one day! LA would be happy to have you!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Sage

    What beautiful photography. I could use a nice getaway.

    February 4, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply claudia

    This is such a great post! (also I love the photos and design) I haven’t seen La la land yet but I hear its killer! Great job!

    http://www.claudiachampagne.com/

    February 4, 2017 at 11:47 am
    • Reply Vy

      Definitely catch it!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Shoshana Sue

    I have never been to USA but with this post, I feel I have just traveled to LA lol

    February 5, 2017 at 8:41 am
    • Reply Vy

      Sometimes you gotta love an e-getaway 🙂

      February 7, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Laurel Noelle

    Wow, it would be amazing to visit these places! The observatory is particularly out of this world!

    February 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Yes! Hopefully you’ll get to visit one day!

      February 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Cassidy's Adventures

    This is such a great post! It’s so relevant too! My friends have gone to watch this movie just about every weekend since it came out! Haha

    February 10, 2017 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Letitia - apparentlyamom

    Beautiful! I haven’t seen the movie and I’ve never been but I would love to. Looks like this would be a great trip to take

    February 10, 2017 at 9:42 am
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