Driving any of the famous Los Angeles streets listed below is a great way to explore Los Angeles when you are visiting Los Angeles and Southern California.
We always drive many of theses LA streets when taking visitors out for a ride to see the sights of the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles.
We usually head downtown LA first to show our visitors the oldest street of Los Angeles, the Olvera Street. It’s been turned into a walking street now, but it’s located in such a historic area of Los Angeles and it’s such fun to be there.
If you haven’t heard it already, you will quickly find out that traffic on streets in Los Angeles is always unpredictable.
So always allow plenty of time when driving the streets of Los Angeles when you want to get anywhere.
Angelenos use these streets as a substitute for using the freeways whenever necessary because of frequent freeway ramp closures.
Where to begin? What to see first? Relax, and just begin by setting priorities -movie buffs should head to Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios.
If you are beach lovers take Santa Monica Boulevard to the Pacific Ocean and take in the beaches of Santa Monica, Malibu and Venice.
Culture types should head over to The Getty Center in Brentwood or to the LACMA museum on Wilshire Boulevard.
Famous Los Angeles Streets
OLVERA STREET: This historic walking street in Los Angeles encompasses El Pueblo de Los Angeles Plaza, and is the founding site of the City of Los Angeles. The street is named for a LA County judge and supervisor. It was re-built in 1930 in the style of a Mexican marketplace. Bounded by N. Alameda and N.Spring streets, and Arcadia and Macy streets. For touring the historic site call here for information: 213-628-1274.
WILSHIRE BOULEVARD: This is the grandest of all Los Angeles streets, and it will take you from Downtown LA to the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica You really get a feel for Los Angeles when driving the Wilshire Blvd from start to end.
SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD: This street is part of the historic Route 66, which ends or starts at the Pacific Ocean. It begins in Silverlake at Sunset Blvd and runs west and ends in Santa Monica at Ocean Avenue. It’s a heavily traveled street on the Westside of Los Angeles.
VENTURA BOULEVARD: It’s a San Fernando Valley based street that begins in Universal City where Cahuenga Boulevard ends and runs west to Woodland Hills. The street is a shopping and dining mecca and is the most popular street in the Valley.
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD: This famous Los Angeles street was created in the 1920s as the movie colony’s Main Street. It’s a must see street for visitors that is loaded with movie palaces. The heart of the street is a National Historic District and is home to the Walk of Fame. It’s the most famous and visited street in Los Angeles.
SUNSET BOULEVARD: One of the most legendary streets in the world. It winds its way across the Los Angeles basin all the way to the ocean where it descends to the beach and the Pacific Coast Highway.
SUNSET STRIP: It’s an ultra hip 1 3/4 mile stretch of Sunset Blvd between Crescent Heights Boulevard on the east, and Doheny Drive on the west. Lined with clubs and trendy bars and hotels, it’s a place for club-hopping regulars, and tourists all mingling over drinks and live music. Traffic and parking on The Strip can be challenging on the weekends. I suggest you take a taxi cab. It’s well worth the money because parking is hard to find and the fees are high.
MELROSE AVENUE: A prime and trendy shopping street in West Hollywood. A bohemian – punk shopping district from N. Highland Ave to Sweetzer Street. Between upper Melrose and Melrose Place it’s more of an upscale shopping street and design mecca.
ROBERTSON BOULEVARD: This Los Angeles street is where discriminating locals and celebrities shop the posh boutiques between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street. This is also where the famous Ivy Restaurant is located. It’s a celeb hangout.
RODEO DRIVE: Located in Beverly Hills this famed street is one of Los Angeles biggest tourist attractions. It’s located between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. Rodeo Drive is lined with stores featuring the biggest names in fashion. Paparazzi is staking out the street corners for celebrities.
LARCHMONT BOULEVARD: Don’t miss this shopping street in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles. It dates back to the early 1920s and has a small town charm and urban sophistication. Nearby is the Wilton Historic District an area of California bungalows dating from 1907 to 1925. The shopping street is located between Beverly Boulevard and W. 1st Street.
BEVERLY BOULEVARD: It begins in Downtown LA and runs all the way to Beverly Hills, and it’s one of the first Los Angeles streets. It winds it self through Hancock Park and into West Hollywood and the Fairfax district. Between La Bea Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard you’ll find quite a few very good restaurants lining the street and many fine home-furnishing stores.
LA CIENEGA: It’s a long street, but the part I will mention here is the stretch between Olympic and Beverly Boulevards. This is the part of the street that’s called Restaurant Row. The most famous is Lawry’s Prime Rib. But you can find just about any kind of dinner venue here. So if you are looking for a great restaurant, check out this part of La Cienega when driving the Los Angeles streets and neighborhoods.