Los Angeles Librarians Pick Their Favorite Places in L.A.

Discover Los Angeles through the eyes of L.A. librarians

Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign at sunset
Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign | Instagram by @dronepals

Favorite place to take out-of-town guests

Griffith Observatory at night
Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Favorite place to go walking/hiking

El Matador State Beach at sunset
El Matador State Beach | Photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr

Best people-watching

Hollywood Sign viewed from a helicopter
Photo courtesy of Renee Silverman, Flickr
  1. Venice Beach
  2. Hollywood
  3. Santa Monica Pier
  4. The Grove
  5. Downtown L.A.

Favorite free activity in the city

Exterior of Richard J. Riordan Central Library in Downtown L.A.
Richard J. Riordan Central Library | Photo courtesy of LAPL
  1. Central Library or any of the 72 Los Angeles Public Library branches
  2. Beaches
  3. Walking around various neighborhoods
  4. Free museum days
  5. Griffith Observatory

Best place to go on the Metro

Expo Park/USC Station on the Metro Expo Line
Expo Park/USC Station on the Metro Expo Line | Photo by Daniel Djang
  1. Downtown L.A.
  2. Santa Monica Pier
  3. Exposition Park museums
  4. Hollywood
  5. Union Station

Best view of the city

Sunset view from the Observation Deck at OUE Skyspace
Sunset view from the Observation Deck | Photo courtesy of OUE Skyspace
  1. Griffith Observatory
  2. Getty Center
  3. Mulholland Drive
  4. U.S. Bank Tower / OUE Skyspace
  5. Baldwin Hills Overlook