Out of all of the cities in the world, there are certain ones that stand out. New York, Paris, London, and of course Los Angeles. With great weather, endless activities and things to do, and tons of other stand-out features, there are things that are unique to Los Angeles that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
1.) Choose from the best sushi restaurants: Los Angeles, without a doubt, offers the best sushi restaurants to choose from. And we don’t mean mediocre ones. We’re talking about the best sushi outside of Japan. Go anywhere else in the world, and you’ll realize that not only does LA offer the best sushi, but you can choose from hundreds of great options throughout the city and surrounding communities.
2.) Walk around a sunken city: Way back in 1929, a large section of land sitting at the southern tip of San Pedro began slipping into the Pacific Ocean. By the mid 1930’s, the 600 block of Paseo Del Mar had fully reached its sunken potential and while today it’s estimated as not moving, its still considered very unstable. While many of the homes had a chance to be moved, a lot was lost due to slippage including sidewalks, pavement, streetcars, and 2 homes.
3.) Take a drive up the steepest street in California: You would think that San Francisco takes the cake for the steepest drive in California, but you would be wrong. With a 33% grade, Eldred Street in Highland Park takes the cake. In comparison, the curvy Lombard Street in San Francisco has a 27% grade, 28th Street in San Pedro is close at 33.3% (technically Eldred is steeper because its a longer street), and Silver Lake’s Baxter Street clocks in at 32%.
4.) Get an In-N-Out education: It’s only natural that the one state that is so synonymous with In-N-Out and the best burger around has its very own In-N-Out University, right? Well, Baldwin Park is where it’s at, and you can get your In-N-Out educational chops here. When you’re done learning about how to become a Manager and make everything Animal Style, you can also head down the street to the first ever In-N-Out.
5.) Live among celebrities: Where else can you run into Clint Eastwood at the market, or Matthew Mcconaughey surfing on the beach? Los Angeles boasts the most celebrities per capita than anywhere else in the world. From the Hollywood Hills to Beverly Hills, Malibu and Silver Lake, celebrities are crawling all over the city.
6.) Watch movies in a cemetery: You’d be hard pressed to find another city in the world where you can sit back, relax, and watch a movie inside a cemetery that dates back to 1899 and holds some of Hollywood’s most legendary actors and actresses. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is certainly unique in this regard. Guests are invited for CINESPIA during the summer months to picnic and enjoy some of Hollywood’s most classic movies.
7.) Visit a farmers market every single day of the week: With over 50 farmers markets offered in almost every city in Los Angeles county, Los Angeles is pretty unique. In fact, you can visit more than just one city farmers market every day of the week. Add to that the fact that the food is better than some city’s best restaurants, and we’d call that pretty unique!
8.) Visit the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city: The Bradbury Building, situated in Downtown Los Angeles, was built more than 100 years ago and is one of Los Angeles most unique buildings. With a Victorian court complete with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate details, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. It’s also been featured in many movies throughout the years.
9.) See an outdoor concert year round: While most outdoor venues in most other cities in the world close down during the cooler months, Los Angeles’ temperate weather means you can lay back and watch some of music’s best acts at amphitheaters like the Greek Theatre and The Hollywood Bowl.
10.) Visit the famed Hollywood Sign: It’s a bit of a trek, but you can actually hike up to the Hollywood Sign. With three routes offered, including the Mt. Hollywood Trail, Canyon Blvd Trail, and the Cahuenga Peak Trail, you’re guaranteed to see some stunning views of the city you won’t get anywhere else in the world.
11.) Visit the best theme parks in the world: With Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and others, Los Angeles offers visitors the chance to visit not just one theme park, but several. Where else in the world can you ride the Universal Studios tram tour and take in all of Disneyland’s attractions in the same weekend?
12.) See the largest boulder that was ever transported: After a nearly two week journey, LACMA’s ‘Levitated Mass’ 340-ton boulder became the largest rock ever transported. Making a trek from a quarry in Riverside County to the museum on the LACMA campus, the rock was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest boulder ever transported in modern times. Standing 21.5 foot high, the granite boulder made the 85 mile journey in 11 days (it normally wouldve taken just 1.5 hours).
13.) Visit one of the shortest incorporated railways in the world: At just 320 feet long, the Angels Flight Railway is the shortest incorporated railways in the world. Dating back to 1901 when Bunker Hill was a fashionable place to live, citizens would be ferried up and down the steep Hill and Olive streets.