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15 Los Angeles photo ops to put on your bucket list

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

As we jealously scroll through L.A.'s essential Instagram accounts, we can't help but think why that isn't us out there on that mountaintop or brunching it up by the ocean. Well, it's about time we start to tackle some of our bucket list items—and humble brag the crap out of our covetable conquests in the process. We're all guilty of particular Instagram posts, but these photo ops deserve a spot in your camera roll. Do it for the likes. Do it for the sense of exploration. It doesn't matter the reason—these are the 15 memorable photo ops around L.A. to which you should aspire.

The Bridge to Nowhere


Trek into the wilderness north of Azusa and you'll eventually come upon this 1936 bridge that leads to, well, nowhere.

Behind the Hollywood Sign


Hollywood! #la #hollywood #ca

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You've taken out-of-towners to see the sign from afar, but start a hike in Griffith Park and wrap up behind the iconic Hollywood Sign.

Atop Los Angeles City Hall

You owe yourself a visit to L.A. City Hall's semi-secret observation deck.


From inside a wave curl


Some barrels for you hungover donkeys #spl #westward

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Surf's up—just don't ruin your phone in the process.

Going down Skyslide


Waiting my turn... #Skyspace #skyslide #downtown #la #70floorsup

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If you're going to brave the 1,000-foot-high Skyslide, you're going to want some photographic evidence.

Snow within L.A. County


One reason why I love #LA so much. ❄️❄️ #AngelesCrestHighway #AngelesForest #NewcombsRanch #5kElevation 📷: @dangoshoot

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Don't let the palm trees (and drought) fool you—it's easy to find snow in L.A. Just venture up Angeles Crest Highway in the winter and you're sure to see the white stuff by the time you hit Newcomb's Ranch.

Inside the Magic Castle


Magic Castle memories ✨🔮

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Photos aren't allowed inside of the members-only club, so you'll need to work on your sleight of hand to snap a pic.

From the Stahl House at night


Mid century and Laura glam. #stahlhouse #midcenturymodern #casestudyhouse

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Julius Shulman's photograph of Case Study House #22 is about as iconic of an L.A. image as you can find. Try your hand at recreating it with a visit to the Stahl House.

Dinner at Wolvesmouth


my favorite place to spend time in california is this one, @wolvesmouth . 📷 @logcad

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It's not easy to score an invite to this in-house pop-up dinner, but do so and you'll find Wolvesmouth to be one of the best dining experiences in L.A.

In a helicopter above Downtown


Pre Instagram Photoshoot of US Bank Tower. By @ablesvision #lostinla #losangelesaerial #copterpilot #usbanktower #@skyspacela

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Just don't stare through your camera lens too much if you have a weak stomach.

Inside Disneyland's Club 33


Sunday Brunch at the exclusive Club33 @disneyland

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Sure, you've been on the best Disneyland rides, but have you been inside the theme park's members-only speakeasy? Bring us along and we'll be happy to snap your photo.

Sunset at El Matador


As one of L.A.'s best beaches, El Matador also consistently provides stunning sunsets.

Sunrise over the city


Good morning, #LA. How about that #sunrise? Photograph: @mjuliano #LAgram

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The sun comes up over the mountains to the east and sets the whole sky ablaze. The Hollywood Bowl Overlook is an easily approachable spot with a perfect vantage point.

From the summit of Mt. Baldy


What a amazing day! #mtbaldy #hikela #california #wildernessculture #

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At 10,000 feet, it's the highest peak in the county—you've earned this photo op.

From the Dodger Stadium outfield


#dodgerstadium #fridaynightfireworks #la #dodgers #california #mlb

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Grab tickets to a Friday night game at Dodger Stadium and you can watch the post-game fireworks show from the field.

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