Do you ever feel like you need to “escape LA”? Being such a big and busy city, it’s easy to get lost and caught up in our surroundings. I’ve collected these 9 places located in various parts of Los Angeles that will take you away to another world. These places will make you completely forget about the busy city just steps away.
It’s nice to sometimes get out of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives in the city and find a quick change of pace. Traveling (even if it’s in our own town) has so many positive affects on our body– physically and mentally! These destinations make for great must sees for any travelers reading this. And since traveling is so beneficial for our health, what are you waiting for?!
Read on to see the best places in LA that will take you away. After you read this I can guarantee you will be wanting to book a flight to see them all in person!
Float completely away with a visit to the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, or Lake Shrine for short. Hidden away in Pacific Palisades, not far from PCH you will find this magical, calm and beautiful oasis. You will completely forget about the hustle and bustle of LA that just minutes away.
Arrive at this paradise for some re-grounding and leave feeling completely refreshed and centered. This zen temple is so clean and peaceful, you could spend hours here easily. Come to meditate, relax, read a book, or pack a light lunch, and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors. At this balanced and serene sanctuary, all religions are welcome and come together beautifully.
I fall in love with Los Angeles’ canyons every time I visit, it’s so hard not too! Topanga Canyon is a little town within itself and is so secluded and peaceful. Personally, it is my favorite canyon in Los Angeles. Through all its twisting and winding roads, you will definitely find that small townish feeling here. It feels so good and comfortable you won’t ever want to leave!
Escape the city life, with a trip to Topanga Canyon, and leave feeling cool, calm and collected. Enjoy the small shops, cafes/restaurants, and the scenic drive which leads to the ocean.
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One of the more well known places in LA, Chinatown offers great food, art, shopping and tons of history and culture. Chinatown will transport you out of DTLA because it is so authentic. Whether you live in the area or just visiting, Chinatown is a must.
Another unique and cultural place in LA is Olvera Street– which is considered the “first street” in Los Angeles. Enjoy great authentic Mexican food, and shopping/ souvenirs with many vendors located on an old cobblestone historic street. This historical landmark located in DTLA, is a great place to take visitors. Get swept away straight to the streets of Mexico, and learn about the true roots of Los Angeles.
Not far from the famous Venice boardwalk, you will find the Venice canals which Abbot Kinney built in 1905. These canals were built to represent the actual ones in Venice, Italy.
Stroll around outside on a warm summer evening and feel the calmness, peacefulness and joy they bring. The history is very interesting, and is a great place to take some beautiful photos or enjoy a romantic walk.
This beautiful villa museum located right off PCH in Malibu is gorgeous beyond words. Modeled after an ancient Roman country house, you will feel like you’ve just landed off the plane in Europe.
Immerse yourself in the culture and ancient art of Greece, Rome and Italy, and be sure to spend time in the lush gardens!
The Last Bookstore
Get lost in the millions of rows, shelves, and tunnels of new and used books. This bookstore almost doubles as an art museum as it is so unique and photogenic. The Last Bookstore is a magical book land worth a visit, be prepared to spend hours here!
Time Travel Mart – Echo Park
Find blasts from the past and merchandise from the future, in this quirky little shop right off Sunset Blvd that will take you away to another year. Don’t leave without some funky and eccentric souvenirs from this little gem. Plus all purchases raise money for 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting kids with their writing skills.
Snow White Cottages
Located on the East side of Los Angeles in Los Feliz, you will find 8 little cottages that look straight from a fairy tale! Known as a point of inspiration for the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney used one of these cottages as his animation studio back in the day. Drift away into a magical land as you gaze at these old dreamy and whimsical cottages.