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If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered, whether you’re wondering where to eat, where to sleep, or where to ‘gram. It’s no secret that LA is full of lights and glamour. From the Hollywood Sign and the Walk of Fame to murals dotting West Hollywood and Downtown, this vibrant city is an epicenter for diverse and spectacular sights to see and share on your Instagram feed. Here are our picks for the most Insta-worthy places in the City of Angels.
1. The Venice Canals
The Venice Canal Historic District is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and thus a top tourist destination and a great spot for a selfie. Originally built in 1905 by conservationist and developer Abbot Kinney, the canals were part of his plan to build the Venice of America. Here, you’ll find pedestrian walkways framed by landscaped gardens and magnificent residential homes of various architectural styles. It also provides a greener side of LA that’s perfect for Instagram.
2. The Urban Light Exhibit at LACMA
The entry plaza to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — better known as LACMA — is home to a funky exhibit called Urban Light. Constructed by Chris Burden, the public space is comprised of 202 restored antique cast-iron street lamps. Installed in 2008, it soon became symbol of LA and part of the Hollywood scene, thanks to appearances in movies like No Strings Attached and Valentine’s Day. Nowadays, the lights attract travelers hitting the West Coast and are many a ‘grammer’s go-to spot for photo-ops. So snap a few for your followers — there are no bad angles here.
3. Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier has been a major destination since it was first constructed in 1909 — back then, it was the first of its kind on the West Coast and nowadays, it’s still one of LA’s most popular places as well as a favorite fishing spot for locals. It’s been named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic and with attractions like the Santa Monica Aquarium and Pacific Park amusement park, this beloved part of LA, which also marks the end of Route 66, will definitely keep you and your camera busy.
4. Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is one of LA’s greatest cultural attractions, offering spectacular views from the Pacific Ocean to Downtown LA from the slopes of Mount Hollywood. First opened to the public in 1935, it was renovated in 2002 and is a beloved gathering place for visitors and locals alike. After being featured in the Oscar-winning film La La Land last year, Griffith Observatory is more popular than ever, with thousands of photos being snapped from the grounds around the Observatory daily as tourists catch a panoramic glimpse of the city from above.
5. Runyon Canyon Park
It wouldn’t be a trip to LA if you didn’t go for a hike in 130-acre Runyon Canyon Park. The three trails here are picturesque: At the top of the canyon, climbers are treated to spectacular views of Downtown LA, the Pacific, the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park. A hike along this historically rich ground is a great way to see the best views LA has to offer, so be sure to photograph accordingly.
6. Amoeba Music
With rows of records — and additional locations in Berkeley and San Francisco — the Hollywood outpost has been home to music lovers since it first opened in 1990. Housing vinyl, videos, CD, books, tees and posters, Amoeba has remained intact despite an industry overwhelmed by digital downloads and streaming music services. Not only is this the best place to visit for your listening pleasure, the world’s largest independent record store also makes a great backdrop for your next IG pic.
7. Paul Smith’s Pink Wall
It’s been a fixture on Melrose Avenue since 2005, but the Paul Smith LA flagship store has evolved in recent years into something of a Instagrammable landmark, beckoning people from around the world to pose in front of its bubblegum pink exterior. Located in West Hollywood, the Paul Smith wall is nestled in an area filled with plenty of restaurants and even more shopping nearby. In June, the wall went rainbow bright in celebration of LGBTQ Pride month, but is now back to the hue seemingly favored by millennials.
8. The Getty Center
Opened in 1997, the Getty Center is one of LA’s most-visited attractions. Situated perfectly on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, visitors can enjoy the museum’s architectural landscaping, which includes a modern design by Richard Meier, and beautiful gardens. Capture a shot from the garden at the South Promontory and observe striking views of Downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific. The exterior is not the only stunner though — the exhibits house a permanent collection made up of ancient-to-20th century European art from notable painters like Michelangelo and Jean-Antoine Watteau. So strike a pose in front of the vibrant greens of Robert Irwin’s Central Garden and share its beauty with those who can’t experience it firsthand.
9. The Last Bookstore
Bookworms, rejoice! The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used-and-new book and record store, which opened back in 2005 in a Downtown loft. Since then, it’s become one of the largest independent book shops in the world, with more than 250,000 books and enough space to hold thousands of vinyl records. The name was chosen with irony in mind, but now seems more appropriate than ever. Visitors and locals love walking through the Tunnel of Books located in the Labyrinth on the second floor — the maze-like passageway of books and hidden rooms houses over 100,000 used books, all of which are sold for $1 each. It’s no surprise that pictures of this legendary spot are all over the ’gram.
10. The Broad
The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded (and financed) by philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad. It houses the most prominent collections of post-war and contemporary art in the world and has received more than 1.2 million visitors since opening in 2015. Upon entering the museum, your attention will be directed toward a long escalator that takes visitors up to the third floor gallery, the museum’s main exhibition space. There, you’ll find even more ‘grammable options, thanks to all the pop art and works by Jeff Koons, Kara Walker and Takashi Murakami.
Where are some of your favorite places to take photos in Los Angeles? Sound off, below.
Featured image by Albert Valles / Getty Images.
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