7 Most Instagrammable Los Angeles locations
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Los Angeles is full of incredible places to take photos.
And more and more of us want to share images of our travels.
But a holiday is more than just an excuse for grabbing up great images for the Instagram feed.
So we’ve put together a list of stunning LA locations that also just happen to feature in famous movies, TV series and in LA folklore.
Sights, camera, action!
1 Griffith observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Griffith Observatory is both highly photo-worthy and has appeared in countless movies and TV shows.
The first time movie fans ever glimpsed Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator (1984), for example, was as a figure newly-hatched from an electrical storm, surveying Los Angeles from outside the Observatory.
“I’ll be back”
Nineteen years later, Arnold went from actor to politician and became Governor of California.
You don’t get much more LA than that.
More recently, La La Land (2016) provided one of Griffith Observatory’s most magical and romantic moments.
If you recall, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s characters, Sebastian and Mia, decide to visit the Observatory.
While waltzing inside the planetarium theatre they rise through the air to dance among the stars projected on the ceiling.
2 Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The beach and the pier provide an iconic LA background for your photos and will be very familiar from a vast number of movies and TV series.
When Tony Stark first tries out his suit in Iron Man (2008) he flies over the pier while the dance marathon in the classic film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) takes place in a building on the pier.
In Forrest Gump (1994), Tom Hanks runs the length of the pier saying:
“I ran clear to the ocean”
When he gets to the end he looks out over the Pacific Ocean and adds, in typical deadpan Gump-style:
‘I figured I might as well turn around, keep on going.’
Fans have worked out that, in total, Forrest runs for over 3 years covering over 19,000 miles – the equivalent of 730 marathons.
Anything is possible, in the movies.
3 Venice Beach
1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Venice Beach has provided the perfect laidback, bohemian location for cult movies set in LA.
Take the Coen brothers movie, ‘The Big Lebowkski’ (1998); when the Dude played by Jeff Bridges wasn’t 10-pin bowling he abided in a tiny Venice bungalow.
“This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.”
The 1-bedroom bungalow used for exterior scenes is part of a complex of six and they occasionally come up for sale.
The price? Upwards of $1.5 million. Also very LA.
Too many movies to mention have featured Venice Beach Boardwalk, Muscle Beach, the outdoor free weight area right on the beach itself, and the skate park.
In fact, these landmarks are so recognizable that walking along Boardwalk can seem eerily familiar even if it’s your first time there.
The nearby Venice Canals provide another perfect photo hotspot.
4 Beverley Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A favourite haunt of movie stars, rock stars and celebrities, the Beverley Hills Hotel even reputedly inspired the song ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles.
According to legend, Marilyn Monroe used to stay in bungalow 7 while notorious recluse Howard Hughes once rented out 9 bungalows for himself to keep his exact whereabouts a secret.
“You can check out any time you like but you can never leave”
Beverley Hills is also the location of Beverley Hills High School which the producers of Clueless (1995) went to when they wanted to immerse themselves in LA high school culture.
But the hotel itself has also starred in many classic movies from Beverley Hills Cop (1984) to The Way We Were (1973).
And is not to be mistaken for the Beverley Wilshire which itself featured in Pretty Woman (1990).
5 Angels Flight
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
When they weren’t dancing up into the stars at the Griffith Observatory in La La Land (2016), Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone rode the Angels Flight funicular between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill.
It didn’t take them long, however, as the railway is only 298 feet long. Uphill and down.
“Golf is not a great sport. If you can smoke and drink while doing it, it’s not a sport”
Fans of the Amazon Prime TV show ‘Bosch’ based on the books of author Michael Connelly, may know that Season 4 is called ‘Angels Flight’ and a key event takes place on the railway.
We won’t spoil it.
6 Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Resembling a collection of giant metal shavings drawn together by an invisible magnet, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also known as the Sparkling Artichoke or the Mouse House, proves irresistible to photographers.
And it has proved equally attractive to filmmakers since it was completed in 2003.
You might recognize it from Her (2013), the movie in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his newly-purchased artificial intelligence software (it probably helped that the AI had the voice of Scarlett Johansson).
“The past is just a story we keep telling ourselves”
Or you might remember it from Iron Man (2008), as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) parks outside the Hall when attending a charity benefit held by Stark Industries there.
7 Bradbury Building
304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Bradbury Building is another architectural movie star.
It features in the original sci-fi classic Bladerunner (1982) as the run-down home of J.F. Sebastian a genetic designer working for the Tyrell Corporation.
Over quarter of a century later, the building turned up right towards the end of the movie 500 days of summer (2009).
“You weren’t wrong, Tom. You were just wrong about me.”
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an architect who takes Summer (Zooey Deschanel) on a tour of Los Angeles’ buildings and he interviews for a new job at the Bradbury Building.
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