Go Beyond Hollywood With These Top Things to do in Los Angeles
Travel nursing destination Los Angeles, CA: The City of Angels is a city of dreams for many, with its golden palm-lined beaches, endless beautiful people and the setting of countless movies and television shows. But beyond its Hollywood appeal, those who are on a travel nursing assignment or will be choosing a nurse travel assignment destination in Los Angeles, are in luck, as Los Angeles offers an incredible array of things to do, many of which you may not even be aware of – and more than enough to fill your free time while you’re on assignment.
Take in the View From Griffith Park
One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Griffith Park is one of the best spots to start your exploration of the city, with some best views in the area, including the Hollywood sign and the surrounding hills. It also hosts the Los Angeles Zoo and the Griffith Observatory, which sits on a hilltop overlooking sprawling L.A., and travel nurses can take in the view through telescopes free of charge. The building itself is also interesting, having starred in numerous films, from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “The Terminator,” “Transformers” and countless others.
Enjoy Some of the Best People Watching Around
There are few better places on the planet for people watching than L.A., whether you want to check out some of the quirky characters that walk the streets, or do some celebrity spotting. Shop along Rodeo Drive or The Grove and you’re likely to glimpse least a few celebs indulging in one of their favorite habits. World-famous Venice Beach is a mecca for the eccentric, with its wide swath of soft sands backed by a walkway that’s filled with joggers, skaters and cyclists all year round. Watching the muscle builders that pump iron under the sizzling rays of the sun and the variety of performers, from glass walkers and mimes to jugglers and break dancers, is an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.
When your travel assignment shift is over, if you’re hoping to mingle with a star– and, enjoy a fine cocktail – head to the bar at Chateau Marmont, as this Hollywood fixture tends to draw them by the dozens, with everyone from Johnny Depp and Lindsay Lohan to Russell Brand, James Franco and Lana Del Rey said to fans of the this legendary watering hole.
Go For a Spin on the Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier
An iconic landmark in the L.A. area for over a century, the Santa Monica Pier houses an amusement park that features a 1922 carousel as well as the world’s only solar powered Ferris wheel. As you spin around the Pacific Wheel, you’ll be able to take in spectacular vistas of the coastline with a bird’s-eye view, 130 feet above the pier. If that’s not daring enough for you, you could even learn to fly through the Trapeze School New York, which will let you soar through the air on one of its aerial arts apparatuses to get that incredible view of the Pacific.
Explore the J. Paul Getty Museum
Located across two campuses, the J. Paul Getty Museum offers enough to keep anyone busy for at least a day. The Getty Center in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood is renowned for its gardens, architecture and views, featuring displays of pre-20th-century European paintings among its collections, including the works of Claude Monet and van Gogh. The Getty Villa, modeled after a seaside Roman villa, is situated in Pacific Palisades overlooking the ocean and boasts an extensive collection of Greek and Roman art, including one of the world’s few surviving life-size Greek bronzes.
Browse the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The L.A. County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Western United States, with the multi-building complex housing an impressive collection that includes works from around the world. View the works of modern and contemporary artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as pre-Columbian masterpieces in the outstanding Latin American collection. If you go on the second Tuesday of any given month, you’ll get in free.
Visit Famous Filming Locations
Fans of movies and television may want to explore L.A.’s many filming locations, with countless TV series and films shot in and around the city over the years. In addition to Griffith Observatory, be sure to stop at Fox Plaza, which famously appeared in “Die Hard” as the fictional Nakatomi Plaza, as well as in “Grand Theft Auto V” as Weazel Plaza. Grand Park played a role in Julia Roberts’ “Pretty Woman,” when she and Richard Gere (as Vivian and Edward) read Shakespeare under a tree. The luxe 1928 Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel was the very spot where she enjoyed her first taste of the “good life.”