Los Angeles is an iconic and often weird city to both live in and visit. Where else can you bump into celebrities, see a 50-foot-woman exhibit or visit the Watts Towers to view art made out of almost anything? We love L.A. and it’s safe to say that one of the best parts about the City of Angels is the way it continues to surprise its residents and out-of-towners with unique and wonderful offbeat attractions. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite spots, but it’s safe to say if you ask us this time next year, the city will have surprised us with a whole new subset of weird and funky things to do.
- Sunken City – A city built, but then destroyed, by a 1929 landslide creating what we know and love as Sunken City. If you’re wondering what the world might look like after the apocalypse, this might be a close model. Walk around the various nooks and crannies of this surreal city, but be sure to wear protective footwear; broken bottles are one of the downsides of this hidden gem. Shepard St., San Pedro, CA 90731
- Moonlight Rollerway – Time stands still if only for a few more moments in Glendale. If this skate rink doesn’t transport you back to ‘80s, we’re not sure what will. This venue is filled to the brim with nostalgia and long-forgotten moments. Stop over on a Monday for Adult Night, only for the 18-and-over crowd. For a weekly skating schedule, visit moonlightrollerway.com.
- Kogi BBQ – Korean barbecue tacos. Need we say more? Their delightful creations basically sum up L.A. in just a few bites. This food truck’s regular route runs to Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Granada Hills, Venice and El Segundo, or you can visit their counters in Culver City at the Alibi Rom, or the first sit-down restaurant Chego!, in Palms and Chinatown. Check their website for the most up-to-date schedule. http://kogibbq.com
- Evergreen Cemetery – It’s one of the oldest cemeteries in L.A. and probably one of the most eerie to visit. But it’s worth the trip. You’ll find a variety of tombstones dating back to the mid-19th century. 204 N. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033.
- Storybook Houses – Truly a something from a fairytale, Storybook-style homes rose to popularity in the 1920s. There’s no specific definition to a Storybook-style home, but you’ll know it when you see it; think hobbit hole, witch’s den or anything somewhat whimsical. These well-known homes are scattered throughout the city and fill visitors with a sense of wonder and childhood dreams.
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