Los Angeles is just one those cities where there’s never any shortage of things to do. Even if you live in LA, chances are you haven’t been to these offbeat attractions.
1. Film Locations: Bronson Canyon, Vazquez Rocks Natural Park, and Lone Pine town
While it’s true that the conventional TV and film studio tours are exciting and interesting, there’s nothing like getting off the beaten path and checking out some of the more remote film locations. The Bronson Canyon
was used for many cowboy and sci-fi films way back when. Who can forget such classic films as 1953’s Robot Monster
. Anyone? No? It’s still a pretty cool locale to check out.
After canyoning for a bit, beam yourself up to nearby Vazquez Rocks
where the Star Trek
movie series was filmed.
The town of Lone Pine
was the location of many old classic films like Gunga Din
. It even has a great museum about the almost 400 films that were shot in this town. Here’s a piece of warning though: it’s 4 hours away from LA. But you can drop by Death Valley on the way back to make a day of it. These are great activities as well if you’re on a budget. Who says cheap Los Angeles holidays
have to be boring?
2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
If your tastes lean towards the macabre, then this might just be your kind of entertainment -- the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
is indeed one of the best kept secrets among things to do in LA. The celebrities laid to rest in this cemetery are from old Hollywood like Douglas Fairbanks, Jayne Mansfield, and Rudolf Valentino. Ring a bell?
3. LAX Firing Range
If you’re into guns, this is your chance to legitimately get hold of a 9mm semi-automatic Glock. The LAX Firing Range offers a 2-hour session to teach the basics and give you an idea what it’s like to be armed with a powerful weapon. Your teacher will be an ex-marine so you have to be ready get yelled at and shout, “Sir, yes Sir!”
4. Chicken Boy Studios
It’s actually known as Future Studio Designs but locals like to call it Chicken Boy because it was once a restaurant of that name in 1960s. You’ll know you have arrived when you see a 22-foot giant chicken-man on top of the building. Inside the studio, you can go on a tour and buy some groovy pop culture gift items and art.
5. The Wacko Soap Plant
This 1971 soap plant was opened as a mom and pop operation and branched out to leather wares and ceramics. It stands out as an outrageous pop culture shop that now spans more than 6,500 square feet! It will take you more than a few hours to browse around this store but you’re bound to find something you like. It’s also known as party place with celebrities often seen popping in and out at all times of the day and night.
What unusual things to do in Los Angeles have you encountered?