The Best Places to Visit in Los Angeles

Location, location, location! The Los Angeles Film School is located on Sunset Blvd. and is surrounded by all things entertainment. Whether you’re new to town or just visiting, check out our list of 101 things to do in Los Angeles. Tag @losangelesfilmschool or use the hashtag #LAFilmSchool as you explore and post photos!

Things To Do Around The L.A. Film School Campus

  1. Take a selfie in front of our historic campus building with the yellow roof on the corner of Ivar and Sunset! Fun Fact: Our building used to be home to the legendary RCA Hollywood.
  2. Attend a screening in our Main Theatre and meet famous actors, screenwriters and directors.
  3. Take a stroll on Hollywood Blvd and look down at the stars on the Walk of Fame. 
  4. Did we say Walk of Fame? Check the schedule to see which entertainers are getting their star next!
  5. Tour the historic Ivar Theatre, which is part of our campus and where legends like The Grateful Dead held concerts in the ‘60s.
  6. Visit the world-famous Amoeba Music record shop at its new location on Hollywood Blvd, just a short walk from campus.
  7. See a musical at the historic Pantages Theatre.
  8. Tour the surrounding studios including Paramount and Netflix
  9. Dine at Musso and Frank which is featured in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
  10. Stand under the Capitol Records building and look up at its unique tower of records shape.
  11. Visit one of the many museums in Hollywood including the Wax Museum, the Hollywood Museum and Ripleys Believe It or Not.
  12. Get spooked at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and attend an outdoor movie screening on the cemetery grounds.
  13. Take the Metro train from Hollywood and Highland to go anywhere in the city, even the beach!
  14. Spot the Klasky-Csupo murals of The Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys in our Selma Backlot.
  15. Ride the elevator in Building 1 to the 9th floor to see some of the best views of the Hollywood sign and the hills.
  16. High five a person dressed up as a superhero walking down Hollywood Blvd (you are guaranteed to see one).
  17. Stroll past the El Capitan Theatre and see a classic movie or show.
  18. Grab the best Thai food for dinner at Luv2EatThai (it’s right next to The L.A. Recording School)
  19. Walk across the street from The L.A. Recording School and grab a burger and fries from In N Out Hollywood.
  20. Get your caffeine fix at the world-famous Philz Coffee and study all night long!
  21. Check out the movie billboards peppered around Hollywood to see the latest releases in film and music.
  22. Rent a film script from The L.A. Film School Library.
  23. Shoot a short film on the main stage also known as our Fawlty Tower stage.
  24. Take a virtual tour of The L.A. Film School campus or sign up for a private campus tour.
  25. Record your music in one of our professional studios at The L.A. Recording School.
  26. Meet with a program director at The All-Access Studio Tour.
  27. Take a photo of your feet next to your favorite star on the Walk of Fame.
  28. Attend one of our amazing industry events from anywhere (thanks to our virtual world).
  29. Check out the Christmas tree on the roof of Capitol Records during the holidays.
  30. Find a crew mate for life while attending The L.A. Film School.
  31. Read the ticker on the CNN building, just steps away from campus.
  32. Visit Trejos Tacos Hollywood, owned by actor Danny Trejo!
  33.  Wear your favorite L.A. Film School merch with pride on campus.
  34. Get tickets to a Hollywood Bowl or the LA Phil for an outdoor concert (check the student newsletter for discounts).
  35. Take in the views from the rooftop of the neighboring hotel, Mama Shelter!
  36. Sign up to attend a live taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live off Hollywood Blvd. 
  37. Visit our friends at Record Plant, a boutique recording studio in Hollywood.
  38.  Love music? Walk by DASH radio off Hollywood to see their podcast, recorded live.
  39. Ride a bird scooter around Hollywood.
  40. Hike Runyon Canyon on a clear day and spot our yellow-top building from afar.
  41. Get spooked at the Museum of Death in Hollywood.
  42. Visit the Hollywood Palladium, a popular venue for live music and special events since 1940.
  43. Grab a bite at the Dream Hotel’s rooftop restaurant just a short walk from campus.
  44. Take your photo under the giant Cinerama Dome across the street from LAFS.
  45. Shoot your thesis project in Hollywood with your crew.
  46. Create realistic VFX using our giant green screen stage and post-production labs.
  47. Rent film and audio gear from the campus equipment room.
  48. Get food from the Taco truck parked right outside of the B2 building.
  49. Not in the mood for tacos? Walk to Shake Shack for burgers, fries and a shake.
  50. Complete the student scavenger hunt on your first day of class.

Things To Do Outside Of Campus

50. Take your laptop to Santa Monica beach and work at a local coffee shop.

51. Check out the famous locations around L.A. of your favorite movies and music videos.

52. Check out the Hidden Stairs Los Angeles to explore unique urban trails around Hollywood.

53. Up for a laugh? Watch sketch comedy and stand-up at IO West!

54. Did we say comedy? Visit Upright Citizens Brigade for a show, and stick around for the comedy writing conservatory!

55. Still not laughing enough? The Groundlings is just a few minutes away from Melrose.

56. Take a hike at Griffith Park.

57. Watch a movie at the New Beverly, owned by Quentin Tarantino.

58. Visit the Academy Museum.

59. Get tickets to Universal Studios in Studio City. Don’t forget to take the backlot tour!

60. Spend the day at The Last Bookstore in DTLA.

61. While you’re downtown, check out the Grand Central Market.

62. Visit Venice Beach and see the hidden Venice Canals.

63. Need to get out of town? Book a train ticket at the historic Union Station.

64. Check out the La Brea Tar Pits.

65. Stand under the giant table at The Broad.

66. Walk along the L.A. River.

67. Climb Mt. Lee and see some of the best views of the Valley.

68. Walk (or jog) the 3.5-mile loop at the Hollywood Reservoir.

69. Go to a Lakers game at the Staples Center.

70. Catch a Dodgers game and eat a Dodger Dog.

71. Visit Echo Park lake.

72. Grab free set materials at EcoSet.

73. Watch a classic movie at The Vista Theatre (also owned by Quentin Tarantino). 

74. Love live music? Get tickets to a concert at The Ford.

75. Feeling thrifty? Check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market every second Sunday of the month.

76. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier.

77. Swim in the Pacific Ocean.

78. Go bowling at the Highland Park Bowl lanes.

79. Become a member of the L.A. Public Library.

80. Rent bikes and ride along the beach.

81. Chomp on some great bar food at Pig N’ Whistle, established in 1908!

82. Shop at The Grove.

83. Want even more shopping? Head to the Century City Mall.

84. Get lost in the art of cinema at the Margaret Herrick Library.

85. Don’t miss America’s most famous piece of self-built architecture—The Watts Towers.

86. Find the Garden of Oz in Hollywood.

87. See what all the hype is about on Fairfax

88. Grab a pizza from the famous Jon and Vinnys on Fairfax.

89. Go on a hike through Fryman Canyon.

90. Watch a Rams or Chargers game at the new SoFi stadium.

91. Shop along Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach.

92. Take a StarLine Tour and visit the homes of celebrities.

93. Picnic on the Griffith Park lawn.

94. The Paramount Ranch is a must-visit for Western fans.

95. Take the tram up to the Getty Museum and spend the day.

96. Watch animators work their magic at Disney Animation Studios.

97. Speaking of Disney…visit Disneyland in Anaheim.

98. One word…Troubadour.

99. Skip the traffic on the 101 and take advantage of the Metro train.

100. Drive to Malibu and watch the surfers ride the big waves.

101. Dress up in your school swag and take a photo under the Hollywood sign. Don’t forget to tag us in your photo!