Being a LOCAL Tourist In Los Angeles

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost 3 years now, but living here hasn’t gotten old yet! I still love doing touristy things every once and awhile, it always reminds me why I love it here so much! LA is known for so many different things and different places, sometimes you just need to hit the peak of your boredom to actually go do those things. It’s easy to forget what an amazing city you live in, I know I can definitely forget to appreciate it sometimes.

These are places I’d go to on any occasion, you don’t HAVE to be a tourist to appreciate them! I’m not talking about ‘Hollywood blvd” kind of touristy (that’s WAY too much for me!), more about the fun spots to go to if you live here or you’re visiting! So here’s a list of some of my favorite “touristy” spots in LA!


1. The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore Tara Michelle

The last bookstore is really cool because not everybody thinks to go there. Yes, it’s pretty much just a regular bookstore BUT there are a few areas inside that are great for a photo op! They have a whole tunnel of books, where you walk through it and there are books above you with twinkley lights!! So so cute! There is also just a random round hole in one of the bookshelves, as you can see in the picture above! I gotta say, I didn’t expect there to be as many young girls taking pictures in there… there were at least 15!  Either way, great spot to come check out if you have a spare hour!


2. Disneyland

Disneyland Tara Michelle

Well, DUH I had to mention Disney! It has been my dream since I was a kid to live near a Disney…and my dreams are A REALITY AND IM LOVING IT! When I first moved here, I got a season pass and went like twice a week lol. It was definitely a bit of a Disney overload and I haven’t been able to go as much because of it, but I still like to go every couple months! I like going during the week when the crowds are basically nothing (I’m impatient and hate lines), you can get through the parks really quick that way! I’ve only stopped to watch the firework show a few times, but I really do recommend it if you’re visiting… it’s just magicaaaal!


3. Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Tara Michelle

Into hiking? Well this is the most common/basic LA hike there is! Runyon is a beautiful hike in Hollywood, most people say it’s pretty easy but I’m not super in shape and there are definitely some difficult parts to it! The best part about it obviously isn’t the hiking part, that part sucks hahah. It’s all about the stunning views from the top, you can see the entireeee city. The trail itself is also pretty nice, but depending on which direction you choose to go… it could get pretty difficult as there are some very steep sections (and slippery so wear good shoes!!)!


4. Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory Tara Michelle

Another potential hiking opportunity! Griffith park has tons of different trails, some that lead up to the observatory and some that lead to an abandoned zoo from the 50’s!! They have the observatory at the very top though which also has incredible views. The observatory is pretty big and has tons of cool things about space inside, you can even check to see what your weight would be on different planets!! I’d also seriously recommend checking out the abandoned zoo if you’re at Griffith, it’s so interesting  to walk through!


5. Universal Studios

Universal Studios Tara Michelle

Another amusement park on the list! Universal is pretty different from Disney though as it’s much smaller. The Universal in Florida is unfortunately so much better, but at least we have one here in Hollywood!! With Harry Potter world finally open, it’s definitely worth the day trip! I have a season pass because it was only $10 more than a day ticket so I figured I may as well!!


6. Skyspace

Skyspace Tara Michelle


THIS PLACE IS SO COOL!! It’s relatively new and I was there for a cute little Valentine’s Day date this year. Skyspace is located on the top of the US bank tower in DTLA, almost 1000 feet up above the city! It offers panoramic views of LA and it really is breathtaking. Not only are the views insane, they also have a CLEAR SLIDE that goes outside the building! Of course we had to try it once we were there, it was so crazy and I definitely kind of blacked out ahaha! Who can say they’ve been down a clear slide 1000 feet up on the outside of a building?! Not many!!! Definitelyyy worth it!!!


7. The Broad Museum

The Broad Museum Tara Michelle

The Broad is a super cute contemporary art museum! I’ve never been very interested in visiting museums but I really enjoyed this one! Something I love about it is that it’s FREE! Who doesn’t love free things right?! Only downside to that is if you’re going on a weekend, the line will be absolutely insane (like 2+ hours long). The best way to do it is to go during the week, usually just a 30 minute wait! Of course if you’re impatient, you can always reserve tickets but you’ll have to book them at least 2 weeks in advance. They have a great exhibit going on called the “Infinity Mirrored Room” which looks incredible, not sure how to go about getting tickets for that though. It really is a great museum with so many fun and interesting things to look at, highly recommend checking it out if you’re bored on a random weekday!


8. Melrose Trading Post

Melrose Trading Post Tara Michelle

YES this place is so cool!!! Every Sunday in the Fairfax high school parking lot there is this big flea market with some awesome vendors! Everything is pretty cute/trendy, tons of succulents, cool mirrors, crystals, etc! It’s such a perfect Sunday activity, usually pretty crowded but great for people watching! There’s definitely an excess of cool band tees, so if you’re into that then this is the spot for you!

LA is an incredible city.

There’s always somewhere new to go try or go do, and I love living here. Over my 3 years of being here, the above 8 things are some of the tourist places I love to still go even as a local. Whether you live here and you’re bored, a tourist, or just someone looking for something to do… I highly recommend checking out any of them! 🙂 Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite “tourist” spots in your city are!



  1. Gillian
    May 20, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I’m excited to do these touristy (is that a word? ????) things when I move back to LA. I find doing those “touristy” things where I live (Las Vegas). Which quite fun. I found a Harry Potter themed coffee shop (and yes they make their OWN butter beer) and I just find the most touristy, nontourist attractions where I live. Now it’s time for a new adventure back in LA.
    Plus I love your Poshmark shop.

  2. evelyn
    May 20, 2017 / 10:04 am


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  3. VickyKtt
    May 20, 2017 / 10:22 am

    MAN I WISH I COULD COME IN LA. It’s one of my biggest dreams. Btw I saw your newest vlog and the way you looked at the outro of the video made my heart flutter for real. You looked so happy and proud of yourself and your eyes were glowing from your happiness. So proud of you and i’m so glad you made that step to created a blog so you can express yourself, your idea, your point of view even better, even more. Thank you. I love you.

  4. May 20, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Tara! Hi sweetie! I know Youtube has changed a little but I will love you to make this type of content on your youtube channel! You can be the one brave enough to bring back the old fashion and amazing youtube videos! I love your blog so much! Keep it going!

  5. Alma
    May 20, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Thanks for the ideas, I’m definitely going to try to convince my friends to go.

  6. Kimberly Arjoon
    May 20, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Omg!! I’m such a big fan of you Tara and I love your videos on YouTube and your blog!!

  7. Rosie
    May 20, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I’m loving your blog!!! I hope one day I can visit LA and go to these places! I live near Toronto and I think it would be cool if you did a blog post talking about your favourite places in Toronto!

  8. rebeca wireless
    May 20, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Oh my god! I loved your blog so much! I think that it’s such a cool idea to show a new side of your personality and what you enjoy!And this post is going to help me a lot when i travel to LA someday.I’m definitely going to subscribe to appreciate all of this new content.Love you and congratulations <3

    • Tara
      May 20, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      love you!!! thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  9. Leah Rogers
    May 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Great idea starting a Blog! I have always loved Blogs, it’s been a lost art for a while, though! I’m impressed, you, Taylor, your Dad, and anyone else who has helped has done a great job, keep up the good work!

  10. Casey
    May 21, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    hi omg I’m so excited to read more blog posts! You should do one about how you edit your pictures or how you pose, I think a lot of people would like that:)) love you!

  11. Sara Nadlang
    May 21, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    i love your blog and i love you! there is so much fun content on here and i know you worked so hard on this! its the best thing ever !

  12. Janae
    May 22, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Your blog is officially my new obsession! I love it!

  13. Brooklynn
    May 23, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Omg this is a great blog post. It really makes me want to go to L.A. and visit. I love this blog post and thanks for giving us the name of the place, because then I can look up the place and get the address so I could go.

  14. valentina
    May 25, 2017 / 6:28 am

    I’m so proud of u Tara. Your blog is amazing. i can’t believe u did that AHHHH. I LOVE U ♡

  15. May 25, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Such a great list! Next time i’m in LA I am def checking these out.

  16. May 26, 2017 / 3:26 am

    Favorite YouTuber. I literally watch everyone of your videos. My fiancé and I are visiting California for the first time next month and this is definitely going to help us out. My biggest question for you is how do you get all the cute photos of you and Taylor?

    • Tara
      May 26, 2017 / 8:08 am

      oh i’m sure you’ll have a great time!! 🙂 and we’ll either have set timer going on the camera or we’ll go out with friends who will take the pics!!

  17. Dorothaaayyyyy
    June 6, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    omg Tara!!! im sooo excited… I have be behind on watching your videos and i finally caught up to find this great news and i checked it out and i must say it is the cutest most PUT TOGETHER blog i have visited in a while… I certainly do understand why it took you a long time to create and launch it. You have really inspired me and i think i am actually looking into creating my own blog which is not going to be as good as yours but hey! we all have to start from somewhere.. amirite? P.s as you can tell im too lazy to capitalize all my “I’s” hahahh

    • Tara
      June 6, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      ahhhh thank you so much for your kind words!! you definitely should create your own blog if you’re thinking about it, its so much fun and a great creative outlet!! 🙂

  18. Emily
    June 13, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I love this blog so much omg. This post makes me wish I could live in LA already ????????????????

  19. Katilyn Strong
    June 16, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I seriously just have your YouTube channels playing on repeat on my TV all day haha! Love how much you care about what you do but also you don’t let anyone drag you down and stay true to yourself. You are such an inspiration to always stay positive and be yourself even when everyone else thinks your wrong. I recently lost my sister and my mom and seeing how you make your life what you want has made such an impact on how I know I can still get where I want to be even when the future has not seemed very bright! Thanks for just being YOU????

  20. Jane
    June 29, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Definitely Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach!!

    July 5, 2017 / 10:34 am

    OH MY I LOVE YOUR BLOG THIS IS THE BEST AND VERY HELPFUL !!!! i have been one of you biggest fans and i watch all your videos on youtube and they are the best ! thamks you for being a big insparation to me and giving me self confidence !!!
    much love ,

  22. Jemma
    December 8, 2017 / 3:24 am

    I’m glad I found this as my bf is going to LA next week! Btw for Runyon, which trail is the best one to go through (he’s not that in shape at the moment either 😁) Thanks Tara!

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