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
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
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
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
5. COLORADO STREET BRIDGE
532 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
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
8. ANGELS KNOLL PARK
356 S Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
What were some of your favorite locations from the movie? 🙂