Los Angeles offers tonnes of great photo opportunities for your Instagram feed, from public murals to scenic staircases and even glass slides 1,000 feet in the air. The photo ops here take just about every form you can imagine, from ultramodern and quirky to classic and historical. You can visit the place where the LGBT civil rights movement first began. You can catch a photo of gorgeous street art from some of the most important young artists around, or you can walk the pathways of a Victorian thoroughfare or trendy bohemian area filled with quirky indie shops. Check out some of the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles, from scenic highways and overlooks to important historic locales.


    Angeles Crest Highway

    Drive a scenic byway and photograph the city below

    Angeles Crest Highway is a scenic byway that offers stunning views of mountains and sunsets that explode with pink, red, and orange hues. It opened in 1929 and was originally built as a fire access road, but it officially opened as a highway in 1956. Today, it's famed for its twisting, climbing road through pine forests and mountain ridges. From these roads, you can see for miles and photograph the entire LA valley, which is sure to blow up your Instagram feed. Amongst the most popular lookout points are the Mount Wilson Observatory and the Chilao Flats. It runs just north of and above the Greater LA area from La Cañada Flintridge.





    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Experience the brilliant, reflective domes where the Philharmonic plays

    The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the LA Philharmonic and is famed for its quirky and unique architecture that's sure to draw attention on your feed. The structure was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry and was built as a gift to the people of the city with an endowment from Lillian Disney. It sits on South Grand Avenue in the heart of city centre Los Angeles and was built to provide an acoustic depth not heard in other, similar halls, though it took time to adjust. It's also designed with reflective surfaces that brilliantly gleam in the sun.

    Location: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

    Open: Hours vary by performance

    Phone: +1 323-850-2000


    photo by Antoine Taveneaux (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Bradbury Building

    See the oldest commercial building in the city centre area

    The Bradbury Building is a historic building that's known as an architectural landmark and offers a gorgeous, naturally lit atrium with walkways and ornate ironwork. The Bradbury was built in 1893 and rises 5 stories above the ground. It's the oldest standing commercial building in the central city centre area and is considered an architectural and historic gem. Outside, the architecture is Romanesque in design, but the interior reflects the height of Victorian splendour, even today. The building, which is amongst the most photographed sites in Los Angeles, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

    Location: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 213-626-1893


    Union Station

    See a historic art deco railway terminal

    Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles and amongst the largest, most grandiose terminals in the Western US, making it an ideal Instagram photo op. It's also a historic location that currently sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The station first opened in the 1930s and still holds much of its original art deco charm, combined with Streamline Moderne and Mission Revival styles. It also hosts a number of sculpture installations and public art murals, all created by local artists. These are as sure to light up your Instagram feed as the architecture and grandeur of the station itself, which is located in northeastern City centre LA.

    Location: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA





    Soak up panoramic view of the LA skyline

    OUE Skyspace offers an open-air observation deck from which you can snap 360-degree photos of the LA skyline and ride a glass slide 1,000 feet over the city streets. The Skyslide was the first of its kind and extends 45 feet long, allowing you to race over the LA ground in a pulse-pounding way. It's also a family-friendly attraction that offers 2 different observation decks and interactive educational exhibits. OUE Skyspace is a thrilling and fun experience found atop the US Bank Tower in City centre LA.

    Location: 633 W 5th St #840, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 213-894-9000


    Arts District murals

    Snap shots of work from some of today's important young artists

    The city centre Arts District murals are a major attraction for art lovers and offer plenty of photo opportunities to add wonder and colour to your Instagram feed. What's most interesting about the Arts District murals is that they're constantly changing and evolving, so if you visit, you can go back in a few months and potentially see something entirely new. The murals are created by some of the most important up-and-coming artists both from the fine-arts and street-art communities. They have taken the idea of graffiti and made it into something beautiful and wondrous to behold. Best of all, they're free to view.





    photo by Johnnydeezwax (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Angels Flight Railway

    Take a ride on a miniature railway

    The Angels Flight Railway is a historic landmark that lets you ride on a miniature funicular railway on one of 2 cars on a shared cable. It's located in the Bunker Hill district city centre and measures just 2.5 feet across. It's a family-friendly attraction that's quite inexpensive, so it's a unique and fun experience for everyone. Originally built in 1901 at a different location, the railway was dismantled in 1969 and sat in storage until 1996 when it was restored at a new location just a half-block away. Over the years, it has appeared in a wide range of film and TV productions, and it's sure to be a conversation starter on your feed.

    Location: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA

    Open: Daily from 6.45 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 213-626-1901


    Rainbow Pedestrian crossing

    See where the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights began

    The Venice Rainbow Pedestrian crossing is one of the newer Instagram-friendly locations in Los Angeles but already stands as a cultural landmark in honour of the LGBTQIA+ community. This pedestrian crossing in the Venice area was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot and is located just outside the Roosterfish bar. The Venice pedestrian crossing joins an already-existing Rainbow Pedestrian crossing in West Hollywood, and together they celebrate the beginning of the LGBT civil rights movement that culminated in the very first Gay Pride March. Today, Pride parades are common all over the country every June, so that makes this a culturally and historically important location.

    Location: 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA




    Micheltorena Stairs

    Walk the rainbow stairs from Sunset Boulevard

    The Micheltorena Stairs are sometimes thought of as rainbow stairs due to their decorations of hearts and rainbows, and they're amongst the most photogenic stairs in LA. While photogenic stairs may seem an odd thing, Los Angeles is known for its scenic and artistic city staircases, and these are a gem of the city. They're located on Sunset Boulevard, just across from their namesake primary school, and the staircase is lined by a walkway with tended flowers and palm trees. The stairs encompass 3 flights, or legs, and the upper stairs feature pavement art like cartoon characters.

    Location: 3400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA




    Abbot Kinney

    Go shopping and catch photos of street murals

    Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a scenic and walkable road that stretches for a mile and features restaurants, art galleries, and independent shops. The street is named for the 19th-century entrepreneur and was once designated by GQ as the coolest city block in America. It's also known for its bars, clubs, and nightlife. Most of the photos you'll get here will be of the selfie and local-color culture varieties, but you can find outdoor murals such as the famous Touch of Venice mural and the So Far So Good painting on buildings nearby. The boulevard is located in the heart of the Venice area.





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