Best places to take photos in Los Angeles

From the blinding sunlight of Sunset boulevard, to the rolling Hollywood Hills, from palm trees along Rodeo Drive, to the still reflections at the Venice Canals—LA has all of this to experience and so much more! All these incredible and recognizable places of Los Angeles can be found by scrolling our Instagram feed! That can be pretty overwhelming haha

Don’t worry, I got you!

Los Angeles is a very spread out city, and my best advice is to map out all your favourite spots after reading this article.

I also have a LA one day guide with the most wanted instagrammable spots of Los Angeles, so if you don’t have much time for your LA journey and you want it all, you should check out my guide!

1. Beverly Hills

First thing’s first, we all come to LA to see these beautiful tall palm trees. My favourite spots to see them is on Canon Drive.

The Beverly Hills Hotel is also a very pretty and iconic spot, I’ve seen so many bloggers taking pictures around it every day of the week.

The address is 9641 Sunset Boulevard. However I would not recommend supporting the Beverly Hills Hotel and here is why.

2. Rodeo drive

The most expensive street in Los Angeles also has very photogenic palm trees, cute cafes, designers boutiques, and the most popular square with its name on it. This spot is good for those who are really into street style and fashion. In the beginning of Rodeo drive you will find a park with the Beverly Hills Sign, lots of cactuses, and also free parking.

3. Venice Sign

Located on Pacific Ave & Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291 

This spot greets all visitors that venture to Venice Beach. Across the street you can find big open parking lots or you can park your car for free on any of the residential streets. These pictures were taken during sunrise but sunset looks very pretty too. You can check out my sunset pictures right here.

4. Venice Canal

The name speaks for itself. If you want to get a piece of Italy should go to the Venice Canals, located within walking distance of Venice Beach. It is also close to the popular shopping street, Abbot Kinney boulevard. If you visit LA you don’t wanna miss it.

Address: 2309 Grand Canal, Venice, CA 90291

5. Santa Monica

Sunset… Santa Monica…

You should definitely go here if you’re looking for the perfect sunset picture at the beach. All the way at the end of Santa Monica beach, as far as possible from the Pier and people, aim your camera towards Malibu and the mountains. You will get an empty beach and the most picturesque background.

Location: Palisades Park, Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

6. Melrose ave

You can’t skip Melrose avenue, even if you want to 🙂 

It doesn’t matter where you go, you will definitely drive by this notorious street. The paintings on the wall change from time to time. But it’s always beautiful. 

Find the “Made in LA” sign right in the middle of Melrose avenue, surrounded by cool little shops. The second picture was taken next to famous Carrera cafe. Starting from Melrose place and walking down Melrose avenue you will find many cute and interesting graffiti and art.

7. Hollywood Sign

No words are needed…

Except if you wanna take a picture behind the Hollywood sign itself, with the entire LA view, be ready to walk around 50 minutes uphill from the bottom to the top of the mountain. There are ways to get within a distance of the sign via a car but if you want to get close to the top it’s best to wear your hiking shoes. 

Address: 6262 Mulholland Highway

8. Hollywood Hills

Location is the same : 

6262 Mulholland Highway

You don’t have to hike anywhere to reach the Hollywood Hills, at least not compared to the hike you take to get to the Sign itself. You can find a lot people taking pictures from different spots next to each other, so you won’t miss it.

9. LAX (Los Angeles Airport)

This is an unusual spot but you won’t regret going here.

First of all, you will see airplanes taking off right above you every 5-7 minutes. and as a bonus, you can try the famous in-out-burger, because the location of this spot itself is actually a parking lot for the famous fast-food cafe.

Address: 9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

10. Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory has the best view.

If you wanna hike through the park, and get some cardio – you should look for a Bear Statue in Los Feliz. Once you turn past the bear statue you’ll eventually find a parking lot – parking is free and there are plenty of spots.

But if you don’t wanna hike, then parking right next to the Observatory is also an option, but be ready to wait in a huge line of cars. You might be forced to eventually park on the side of the road to continue your hike uphill—instead of beautiful trail there will be a concrete road leading you all the way up.

The address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

11. Hidden Swing

Here you’ll find Elysian park, a beautiful hidden hiking trail leading you to the top of the park—and yes there is a swing that has a beautiful background over the 110 freeway.

40 min drive from LA but a very beautiful drive.

Address: Los Angeles, CA 90031, for the most accurate directions to the swing, plug in “Swing on top of Elysian Park”

12. LACMA

In a heart of LA you’ll find LACMA, a museum and beautiful location with artistic displays that are sure to give you enough material for a creative photo shoot in Los Angeles. 

Address: 5905 ᴡɪʟsʜɪʀᴇ ʙʟᴠᴅ, ʟᴏs ᴀɴɢᴇʟᴇs, ᴄᴀ 90036

13. Lifeguard Tower

Any Beach is fine 🙂 Venice, Marina Del Ray, Redondo (these picture were shot there) – get out and discover the beaches of Los Angeles for some of the best lifeguard tower shots in the state. I recommend driving along the coastline and looking for a spot that speaks to you.  

First picture shot on Sunrise, and the second was Sunset.

14. The Last Bookstore

This bookstore in DTLA is famous and fun! For this unique installation you see in my picture above, go on the 2nd floor and try to get a shot without people passing by, it’s hard but doable. Since this spot is so iconic you’ll often find other people trying to take the same picture so be patient and kind and you’ll receive the same gesture back. 

Address: 453 s Spring st, Los Angeles, CA 90013

15. Rainbow Steps

These rainbow steps are hidden, but if you follow google you will find it! It might take another 5 or so steps in either direction, but it’s there. FYI in a real-life it’s less bright but still worth a picture 🙂

Address: 1511 ᴍɪᴄʜᴇʟᴛᴏʀᴇɴᴀ sᴛ, ʟᴏs ᴀɴɢᴇʟᴇs, ᴄᴀ 90026

16. Pink Wall

The Pink Wall aka Paul Smith store always has people around it, but it’s a pretty big wall so there is a place for everybody. Across the street is Carrera Cafe where you can get a coffee with a custom picture in the foam, you can even give them a picture of yourself to display on your latte if you want to.

Address:  8251 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

the grove

17. The Grove

The Grove has a movie theatre, trolley, lots of shops and the restaurants AND it’s always decorated depending on the holiday or time of the year. This photo spot can be both a great walk and a great pictures spot.

Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

18. Downtown parking garage

Yes, parking garages are my favorite pictures spot in every city. And this one also has this fun background of another building with the “Jesus Saves” sign. Finding the right rooftop can be hard and not all rooftops let you all the way up to the top – but if you ask around I’m sure you can find one. Just be safe!

With most rooftops, you have to pay for parking to get in 🙂

 

Malibu
Malibu

19. Malibu Beach

Malibu has many places to take the perfect picture:

1. Malibu farm cafe on a pier

2. Malibu cliffs

3. Hiking trails with protected nature reserves

All of the above is worth a visit! 

Look for Point Dume if you want to find these pictures above. 

Address: Cliffside Dr &, Birdview Ave, Malibu, CA 90265

20. Santa Monica Pier (under)

Santa Monica Pier doesn’t need too much of  a description – it speaks for itself.

From the ferris wheel, to the Santa Monica pier and boardwalk, you will definitely spend hours exploring this neighborhood.

21. Laguna Beach

If you want to visit one of the best beaches in LA, and if you have an entire day to spend outside of Los Angeles, I would highly recommend going there.

22. Randys Donuts

This Land Mark is where so many movies were shot and is officially known for having the best donuts in the country.

Go check this out at: 

Address: 805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

23. Sunset blvd Theatre

For the fans of retro theater and street style types of pictures, in Hollywood area you can find a lot of old fashion motels / theatre’s. Just take a walk on the famous Sunset boulevard and find a spot that speaks to you. 

24. Universal Studios

The picture on the left was shot inside of Harry Porter Word. And the second picture is at the entrance to Universal Studios. Be prepared to spend the entire day here, and also to wait in line for every ride and attraction. If it’s your first time visiting it can definitely be worth the trip. 

25. Catalina Island

This pretty island with has a lot of wildlife, golf courts, cute restaurants and gorgeous views – of course, located very close to Los Angeles, so you can easily make a 1 day round trip to this scenic island. The ferry departs from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro. You can find tickets here.

26. DTLA Rooftop

I couldn’t miss the highest observation deck in California, and one of the most Instagrammable places in LA. Also, this famous artist drew 2 different wings specifically for attraction seekers to take pictures and admire. 

Also, this space has a glass slide, if you are brave enough this can be a fun experience sliding above DTLA without seeing the floor underneath you.

Address: 633 W Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-10:00pm
Tickets: $25 adult admission for observation deck only; add $8 for Skyslide. Buy here. 

27. Alfred Tea Room

This is a cute coffee shop with great tea, coffee, snacks, and ambiance where you can take a break and also shoot some pictures. It has a nice pink wall, pink steps, and overall is a very secluded and hidden spot. The nonchalant-ness of this plac makes it look even more attractive, also there are a lot of spots around the cafe to experiment with especially if you are into street style.

All of that you can find on Melrose Place.

The exact address: 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069

28. Disney City Hall

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. It attracts a lot of tourists and obviously, another great location for extraordinary pictures.

Address: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

29. Angeles National Forest

If you wanna get a fresh air, get lost in the woods, and also take a few iconic pictures on the windy roads plus capture the mountains view from the top of LA, this park will be a great fit for that. The closest location with all you need without renting a hotel room.

Address: 12371 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd, San Fernando, CA 91342

30. Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree park is a little further away than our previous location, so you might wanna get a hotel for 1 night, but it’s totally worth the trip. Located near Palm Spring, you will get acres of beautiful nature with no people, so no one interrupts your shoot, plus a great getaway from the city and canyon to look at the inside of the park.

31. Mama Shelter

Okay, colorful rooftop bar/restaurant/great location we are talking here. All-in-one photo spot in Hollywood. If you already checked the Walk of Fame or just happened to be around, this will be a great place for refreshing drinks and pictures with a view of the hills. Definitely worth stopping by.

Address:  6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

32. Los Feliz

Pretty central location for great sunset pictures. Let’s say you’ve seen a lot already and want to experiment with a completely different location and vibe. Or maybe you are in the mood for European content and French spicy pictures. Los Feliz will a great fit for that. 

Cute coffee shops, outdoor restaurants with flowers and cute designs, and an old movie theater – all of it would make your background look like one of many European countries without even trying hard. Just get a nice dress, and possibly flowers and a baguette like I did. =)

33. Charmed Manor

I wouldn’t judge you if you don’t know what it is. But fans of the TV show “Charmed” would understand why I put this location on the list.

Located in Silver Lake, with free parking around it, you will find that every time you pass by this house there are always people taking a picture. Because this is a famous Charmed Manor. They used to have a tour around the house, but I don’t think they still do. 

Address: 1329 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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