The best places to take pictures in Hollywood CA & Los Angeles

April 9, 2021
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Los Angeles and Hollywood are known for their Instagram-worthy sights. You can go about seeing them many ways, and many Los Angeles activities will hit a few. But if you're goal is to visit all of the best places to take pictures in Los Angeles, CA, here's a list to start your adventure.

10 Best Places to Take Pictures in Los Angeles CA

The Last Bookstore

1. THE LAST BOOKSTORE - 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles (DTLA)

The Last Bookstore is the most Insta-worthy bookseller you've ever seen. They've got book tunnels, color-coordinated book rooms, shelves and racks and peepholes, and a groovy retro neon sign. Some have called it the coolest bookstore in America, and we can't argue.

2. OUE SKYSPACE LA - 633 W 5th St #840, Los Angeles (DTLA)

So you're downtown, and you're thinking that photos of the buildings while looking up is so done. Head over to Oue Skyspace LA for a bird's eye perspective. It's the tallest outdoor observation deck in LA, offering 360-degree panoramic views of the entire LA basin. It sits atop the iconic US Bank Tower, about 1,000 feet above street level. There's even a 45-foot long plexiglass slide if you aren't afraid of heights.

3. BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL - 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills 90210

One of the most iconic 90210 destinations, the Beverly Hills Hotel is instantly recognizable to all who see it. It's been featured in countless movies and TV shows. Here's your chance to snap some shots by the famous pool and grab a quick selfie under their famous cursive sign.

4. BRADBURY BUILDING - 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles (DTLA)

Opened in 1893, the Bradbury Building is LA's oldest commercial building. As you would expect from such a building, it is filled with gorgeous marble staircases, ornate iron railings, open cage elevators, and intricate architectural details. But it is the light-filled Victorian court, with a 50-foot tall ceiling, that draws the most Instagram photos.

Urban Light at LACMA

5. LAMPS AT LACMA (LA County Museum of Art) - 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles (DTLA)

You've undoubtedly seen pictures online. The proper name for this unique art installation is "Urban Light" and it was put together by Chris Burden. It consists of 202 vintage street lamps collected from around LA.

6. SANTA MONICA PIER - 4301 Sunset Blvd, Santa Monica

Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier is one of the most iconic sights along the LA coastline. There's a Ferris Wheel, roller coaster, restaurants, and shops.

7. THE VENICE SIGN - Pacific Ave & Windward Ave, Venice

When you think of famous signs with city names, Venice might not leap to mind. But once you see this over-street lit sight, you'll instantly recognize it. The current sign is a modern replica of the one first hung in 1905 by Abbot Kinney.

8. THE BROAD MUSEUM - 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (DTLA)

One of LA's newest stunners, The Broad Museum, opened in 2015. The architecture is known as "the veil and the vault." The "veil" is a porous envelope around the entire central building or the "vault." The outside of the building a visual treat, and the art installations and exhibits are interesting and beautiful.

9. WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL - 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (DTLA)

Across the street from The Broad is another fabulous location that is well-associated with LA. The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the LA Philharmonic.

Griffith Park Observatory

10. GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles

Griffith Park is one of the best places to take pictures in Hollywood, CA. There are great views of the Hollywood sign and expansive views of the entire LA basin. Opened in 1935, the Observatory is an LA landmark.

Conclusion

While you can find all of these sites yourself, consider joining one of the Hollywood tours and activities, and there’s even a guided option. Taking a tour removes the stress of finding all the spots yourself, and a guide can fill you in on all the local lore and gossip.