Visiting Los Angeles? Here Are 12 Tourist Attractions Locals Say To Skip
Los Angeles is a star-studded wonderland to most of those who visit. However, for locals, it’s the city they call home. The fact it comes with swarms of tourists is just a slight grievance, though there are certain spots the natives deliberately avoid for this reason.
According to one online forum, here are the most popular tourist attractions L.A. locals choose to skip.
1. Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk is a tad controversial for locals. Some think it’s a “tourist trap,” but others love visiting the movie theater. Are there any L.A. residents reading this who want to offer their two cents?
2. Griffith Park Observatory
Locals don’t seem to love this popular spot, either. If you’re specifically in it for the views, one suggests hiking the trails around the Santa Monica mountains instead.
The Temescal Canyon trail will be less crowded. Simultaneously, you’re rewarded with clearer views across the city, mountains, sea, and beach.
3. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Some tourists seem to think it’s incredibly glamorous to visit this site, which spans several blocks in Hollywood. However, most locals would rather be caught dead than take a selfie with one of the stars on the sidewalk.
4. Waiting in Line for Pink’s Hot Dogs
There is quite an infatuation with Pink, which is something I can’t quite understand since I lived in L.A. at one point as well. This was one of the top-mentioned comments, and for a good reason. If you’ve lived in L.A. for a while, you’ve either already had it or know it’s not worth waiting for.
5. Taking a Photo in Front of a Selfie Wall
You’ve probably noticed the selfie walls if you’ve seen friends or family posting on social media after a trip to L.A. There are several “iconic” mural walls that people love to take selfies or have photos taken in front of. Unfortunately, you’ll probably wait a while, and locals will know you’re just visiting.
6. Lunch at a Famous Expensive Restaurant
Being a tourist isn’t pretentious, and visiting the most famous places seen on TV is a fun experience. However, there’s plenty of delicious, local food to enjoy at a much more affordable cost.
7. Shopping at Erewhon
This store is so ridiculous and expensive that it has been parodied on TV and social media time after time. It’s so overpriced that I can count on one hand the number of people I know who have shopped there.
8. Going on a Tour of the “Star’s Homes”
Plenty of different bus tours are offered in L.A., and if you’re anywhere in Hollywood for a few minutes, you’ll likely be offered a chance to go on one. However, these tours are often overpriced, crowded, and less fun than exploring on your own.
9. Anywhere They Serve Avocado Toast
You can get avocado toast nearly anywhere these days. Someone jokes, “Sorry, can’t hear you over my avocado toast at a non-Instagrammable café.” The avocado toast-Instagram hype culture is real.
10. Shopping at The Grove
The Grove is a bit of a mixture between a shopping mall and a strip mall. It’s always packed, has a terrible layout, and is very difficult to drive through. Still, many visitors choose to try to go there on a shopping excursion as an experience.
11. Eating at Tito’s Taco
Many L.A. locals concurred that the only reason to go to Tito’s Taco is for an excuse to post on social media. A local says, “Tito’s Tacos for some Instagram clout.”
12. Shopping at Rodeo Drive
“The streets around and parallel to Rodeo are most interesting,” someone points out. “Shopping at Rodeo Drive might be the ONLY pretentious thing a visitor can do.”
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