For travelers coming from near or far, Los Angeles is a destination with more to do than you could ever imagine. When visiting the city, it’s best to arrive armed with a plan. Otherwise you might find yourself dizzy from all the options available. Fall is a wonderful time to visit, no matter what you’re looking for.
Depending on your travel style, Los Angeles offers an array of activities. It helps to focus your itinerary around a few top destinations, with some room to explore and broaden your horizons.
For the Outdoors
The weather in LA is nice all year round, but visiting in fall provides weather worth spending even more time outside. Here are some of the top outdoor activities in the area.
Horseback Riding in the Santa Monica Mountains
This activity is a great fit for outdoor and animal lovers alike. The views are breathtaking and the experience is unforgettable. Of course, if you have never ridden a horse before, there is the added adventure of mounting for your first time. Regardless, for an experienced rider as well as a first-timer, you can’t go wrong with this trip.
Visiting the Gardens of LA
There are too many gardens in Los Angeles to just pick one. If gardens are what you came for, do your best to visit as many as possible. Popular gardens include Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, and the Huntington Library & Botanic Garden in Pasadena.
Corn Maze Challenge
At the Tapia Bros. Farmstand enjoy this seasonal tradition. The Corn Maze Challenge is open to all ages and provides an added trivia element to the standard corn maze fun. Of course, you can also enjoy the seasonal foods of the farm. It’s a great way to feed your appetite for the outdoors and fresh fruit as well.
For the Foodies
Traveling for the pleasure of experiencing new foods is a trend perfect for a place like Los Angeles. If you are in search of a diverse eating scene, look no further.
Grand Central Market
This market is a staple of the Los Angeles food scene and you are sure to find something, if not many things, you’ll enjoy. With a range of food styles, you can play it safe with something traditional or try something new. Best of all, with the vendor style service, you could get a quick bite or hang around and spend more of your day experiencing what the market has to offer.
The Art District
This is a top destination for any food lover in LA. With a smattering of sought-after restaurants such as Nightshade, Manuela, Wurstkuche, and Bavel, your stomach won’t leave disappointed. Do your research and know what you want, otherwise you might end up with a long wait or some surprises on the menu.
This event only happens on Sundays, so if you want to catch it, make sure to plan accordingly. Smorgasburg provides a range of pop-up shops from restaurants around the city, offering both traditional and more adventurous cuisine. This is a great place to walk and taste food while also being able to shop between eating.
Oktoberfest at Alpine Village
To enjoy some culture with seasonal food and beverages, head to Alpine Village for a traditional Oktoberfest experience. The beer is diverse and bountiful with plenty of food including pretzels, sausage, schnitzel, and strudels. You’ll need to plan your trip for a weekend of October to catch this event. If this taste of culture gives you a bigger appetite, there is plenty more to find in LA.
For the Culture
Even without the special events of the season, Los Angeles provides a vibrant cultural scene with a diverse population and some of the best art in the country. No matter what cultural experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it in LA.
One of the biggest cultural festivals of the season is Dia de los Muertos. If you’re looking to celebrate this holiday in style, the Los Angeles scene is perfect. Olvera Street is a great cultural heritage site even without the added celebrations of the season, so you should attempt to stop there no matter what. If you’re mostly interested in Dia de los Muertos, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery also has popular events for your enjoyment.
The Broad Museum
This popular museum is free admission but you must book your visit ahead of time. If you don’t, you can expect a wait of an hour or longer before you enter. This museum has experienced a boom in popularity with your ability to interact with many of the displays, creating great photo-ops to help remember your trip.
Chinatown and Little Tokyo
In order to keep this list at 10 as advertised, we’ve combined these into one. But, they are separate and for those hoping to experience all parts of the diverse Los Angeles culture, it’s best to visit both. You can find Little Tokyo in the center of downtown LA and will need to travel a bit north to find Chinatown. Each of these cultural locations offers its own set of food, shopping, and experiences unique to the communities they represent. You can’t go wrong choosing either, but should probably just visit both.