Views of the humble but far-reaching LA cityscape usually come at a price to your wallet or feet. Not so at City Hall
. The white concrete tower's free perch above Downtown offers a privileged look without any obstructions (i.e. other buildings or tourists' heads that you'll encounter at other Los Angeles attractions
). Whether you're begrudgingly stopping at a government building or just rolling by on a clear day and looking for things to do
—public hours are weekdays 8am-5pm—you owe yourself a visit.
Good for: Iconic Art Deco architecture and panoramic views sans crowds
For that moment when: You need a reminder that LA isn't just one big suburb.
Street parking is sparse and surface lots are overpriced (albeit plentiful), so consider walking if you're already nearby. Otherwise, take advantage of the adjacent Civic Center/Grand Park stop on the Metro
Red Line, or the slightly farther Gold Line stops at Union Station and Little Tokyo.