What comes to mind when you think of visiting Los Angeles? The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, Disneyland? Our popular attractions are wonderful and definitely worth seeing. But there’s so much more to the greater Los Angeles area.
Since Super Cheap Car Rental is located in LA., we’re lucky enough to have a local’s perspective on things to do here. And there are plenty of things most tourists don’t know about that happen to be fantastic.
Once you get behind the wheel of your Los Angeles cheap car rental, you’ll easily be able to travel to Los Angeles County to see the sights. And remember, our company specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles packages, so you never have to worry about being punished for your age.
In our opinion, these are some of the best little-known attractions Los Angeles has to offer. We hope you enjoy as many as possible on your next visit.
Visit Barnsdall Art Park
Located in East Hollywood, this world-class art gallery is a beautiful place that only locals seem to know about. Not only is it full of local culture, but you’ll be able to take in views of LA and the infamous Hollywood sign.
Check out the Highland Park neighborhood
Highland Park is a historic neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles—and, in fact, it was one of LA’s first subdivisions. You’ll find some seriously swanky bars here, not to mention amazing Mexican food and plenty of people watching. Spend an evening in this neighborhood for a true taste of LA culture.
Take a relaxing drive down the Angeles Crest Highway
Prepare to be amazed by the Angeles Crest Highway, a two-lane highway that runs from La-Canada Flintridge to Wrightwood. You’ll be wondering if you’re really still in LA throughout the entire 66-mile stretch.
Wander through The Last Bookstore
Located on Spring Street, this iconic bookstore will impress any reader (and if you’re not one, you may become one after seeing it). The building is an old bank, and the marble pillars and mile-high ceilings remain. Best of all, this bookstore specializes in books that are reasonably priced, old and new.
Go roller skating in Glendale
Moonlight Rollerway sits in a building from the 1940s that was used to make airplanes for World War II. This is one of the hippest spots in town, often hosting disco nights and other throwbacks (like David Bowie tributes). Celebrities like Eva Mendes and Kris Jenner have been spotted lacing up their skates at this retro spot.
Go to a movie in Los Feliz
Los Feliz borders East Hollywood, and it’s home to the glamorous Vista Theater. Catch a newly released film here, but pay close attention to the schedule—this theater only shows one movie at a time.
See the Venice Canals
No, we’re not suggesting you hop a flight to Italy. Just go to Venice Beach and explore the network of canals that pay homage to the real canals in Italy. This is one of the most scenic spots in LA for a leisurely stroll.
Visit the sunken city
In 1929, a landslide caused several beachfront homes in San Pedro to slide into the ocean. The site was dubbed the “Sunken City,” and it’s now a popular spot to go hiking. Just take the 110 freeway to the Gaffey exit, turn left, turn right at Paseo Del Mar, and stop at the 600 block. You can climb over a cement fence and a metal fence to see the debris up close, but be aware that it is considered trespassing.
Check out the Miniature Garden of Whimsy
This attraction is as amazing as it sounds. Located just beneath a Japanese Restaurant, Yamashiro Hollywood sits an enchanting collection of eclectic figurines among tropical flowers and driftwood sculptures. The garden is a passion project of a neighborhood resident, so the decor is ever-changing.
See a real abandoned Nazi campground
Murphy’s Ranch is located just minutes away from the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It was built during World War II by a wealthy family of Nazi sympathizers who wanted it to be a base camp for Hitler. It was promptly raised by LAPD and shut down, but the creepy structure still remains. You’ll just have to take a two-mile hike into the woods to see it.
Shop at the Melrose Trading Post
You’re probably aware that LA has some of the country’s best shopping. But this flea market is one of the city’s best secrets. Every Sunday from 9-5, a high school on Melrose and Fairfax turns into a giant shopping center. You never know what, or who, you might see.
See the animals at the Wildlife Learning Center
If zoos seem a little unethical to you, you’ll love this beautiful animals sanctuary. The animals here were all rescued from zoos that couldn’t keep them or from owners who abandoned them. The Wildlife Learning Center is located in Sylmar, which is a little north of downtown LA. They offer some programs that let you interact with rare animals like sloths and prairie dogs, so if you love animals, you should add it to your must-do list.