5 Must-See Instagrammable Places In​ LA For First-Timers

I recently took a short vacation to Los Angeles, California with my boyfriend. There’s nothing like good weather all year-round and a bountiful selection of delectable food. After having been there three times, I figured I’d share some must-see Insta-worthy places that you should visit.

(P.S. The best part is, all of these places come at no price!)

Santa Monica Pier

A photo on the dock of Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

Houstonians only know of one beach, and that’s Galveston Beach. Do a quick Google search and you’ll come to find that Galveston is not much of a beach at all and leads to the road of disappointment.

Traveling to L.A. and visiting a beach with soft sand and blue water was on the top of my list!

Santa Monica Beach has a pier that I think is great for friends and family. It’s free to walk along and there are often entertainers on the pier itself. There is a small amusement park that you can purchase ride tickets for, which would definitely be cute to catch a ferris wheel photo on!

Additionally, you can electric scooter your way down to Venice Beach and catch the wind in your hair. Fun + cute pics? Count me in!

LACMA’s Urban Lights

I’m sure you’ve heard of this one: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Urban Lights exhibit is one of the most iconic locations that is a tourist must-see!

Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Urban Lights
Photo by @anouskapb on Instagram

The best part about the lights is that it’s fun to take pictures either at night or in the day time with the lights. It’s open 24/7. The lights are an iconic symbol of L.A. that has been featured in many movies (No Strings Attached, anyone?)

Additionally, there’s also a huge rock exhibit only a few meters away that is definitely a cool sight to see!

Westfield Mall

One of the many Westfield Mall's photo locations in Los Angeles

This one’s not as much of an iconic place but Westfield Mall is huge shopping center with an abundance of food selections — one of which is my favorite, Din Tai Fung! The mall is an outside mall with a one-hour free parking lot but nearly every corner of the mall is extremely aesthetic.

My boyfriend was being an incredible “IG Hubby” and pointed out so many places for me to take pictures on!

Grab a bite, take cute photos, and then maybe do a little bit of shopping! 😉

Little Tokyo’s Weller Court Light Tunnel

This one is a little bit trickier because, in the day time, these lights are not as visible. The Light Tunnel is installed by Akiko Yamashita, a visual artist. These lights look futuristic and are colorful.

Akiko Yamashita's Weller Court Light Tunnel in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

It’s definitely something that differentiates other typical L.A. pictures that you’ll be sure to remember!

The Last Bookstore

Last, but not least, is The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. The Last Bookstore is a cute and quirky bookstore that allows for aesthetic shots. The upstairs has the iconic book opening photo op that many tourists love to visit!

Last Bookstore Photo Op in Downtown Los Angeles
@ishootwhatever in the Last Bookstore shot by @drewfolgmann

15 Replies to “5 Must-See Instagrammable Places In​ LA For First-Timers”

  1. I have to visit these places one day! LA is such a dreamy city x


    1. Yes, it’s one of my favorite cities to travel to! I hope you can, one day, Ana!

  2. It’s been ages since I’ve visited LA the last time. Definitely got to go back, there are so many amazing sights to see. Loving your tips!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    1. I agree Simone, there’s just so many places to visit and I never have enough time. I always find new places (and love revisiting the old ones!) Thank you for reading! xo

      1. The light tunnel in Little Tokyo looks super awesome! Definitely IG-worthy, along with all the other places you suggested! I STILL haven’t had the chance to try DTF but I’m ready for when that day will come 🙌🏻 excited to continue following your future posts!

        1. DTF is definitely something I always visit when I come to the West Coast! Thank you for following along!!

  3. I especially love your LACMA photo. It’s adorable. Living in LA, it’s always nice to see our city through visitors eyes. Such a cute post!

    xx Jenifer

    1. Thank you so much Jenifer! I always enjoy traveling there because there’s just so much to explore and do in comparison to my city! 🙂

  4. These are all great places! I have been to everyone except Little Tokyo. I need to check that place out. There is so much to see and do in LA and I feel like everywhere is so Instagrammable. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I agree – everywhere is so nice in LA! It’s a nice change of pace from Houston although Houston has little secret spots! xx

  5. Christina N. says: Reply

    LA is definitely one of my top favorite places to visit! I’ve only been to 3/5 of these places, so sounds like another trip is warranted. Thanks for the tips and your cute pics!

    1. Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

  6. alimackin2013 says: Reply

    Hey thanks for these suggestions! I will have to bookmark this for the day when I can finally get to LA.

    Allie Mackin

    1. I hope you’re able to visit one day soon, Allie!

  7. That Light Tunnel is amazing indeed. Great tips dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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