5 Ways to Explore Los Angeles Without Leaving Your Home
Los Angeles is a beautiful city with hundreds of neighborhoods and endless activities to do. It’s known for many things, from unforgettable dining and entertainment to stimulating artwork, games, and entertainment.
A city that’s surrounded by breathtaking beaches and mountainsides, staying inside is something most locals find daunting and frankly a bit claustrophobic. Most of the time, it’s easy to find a reason to leave the house because there’s always something happening around town.
However, there are times when plans to explore the city get derailed. Whether it being due to rainy weather, lack of transportation, health limitations, or maybe a world-wide pandemic, don’t get discouraged! There are still plenty of ways you can explore the City of Angel without even taking a step outside your home.
Here are five ways to experience Los Angeles without needing to leave your house.
Compared to other places in the world, Los Angeles is one of those cities where working out and fitness is a priority. After all, many residents include models, actors, professional athletes, influencers, and people who enjoy staying in shape. Why bother with a home workout when there are gyms and fitness studios around the corner?
For someone who doesn’t want to or can’t leave their home, however, there are still plenty of workout options to do from home. There are several gyms and studios in Southern California that offer free online workout classes from top instructors—perfect for exercising LA style from the comfort of your living room.
According to Time, acclaimed fitness trainers and influencers such as Kayla Itsines, Taryn Toomey, and Jen Selter have digital workout schedules in the works. Workout programs from Barry’s Bootcamp and Physique 57 to Nike and Equinox are also offering free online options.
Virtual Museum Tour
Many people visit LA because of its rich artistry. From celebrated street art to historical painting and sculptures, the city is teeming with museums, art galleries, and walls plastered with next-level graffiti. While a virtual tour of artwork might not be as appealing as admiring in person, with today’s technology and HD, it’s pretty close to the real thing.
There are several museums in Los Angeles that feature online collections of famous art, and some are even scheduling daily activities for virtual visitors to try out at home.
The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park recently posted a gallery showcasing some of their most popular artists and artwork, The Broad in DTLA has its impressive online collection, and the California Science Center in Exposition Park has also launched its Stuck at Home Science for kids who want to try out a few nifty activities from home.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, which is often frequented by both visitors and locals, is also offering a street tour and online library of the museum and its paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures.
Can’t make it to the Staples Center or Microsoft Theater in Downtown, or even Hotel Café or the Troubadour in Hollywood? Believe it or not, you can now experience the thrill of a private show or even a full-on concert from home. For those who can’t leave their house, there are plenty of musicians, DJs, and bands that are using live stream to perform for fans.
Per LA Times, popular musicians such as John Legend, Coldplay, Neil Young, and Miley Cyrus are now posting and live streaming sets and concerts from home. For those who enjoy classical music live but can’t make it out to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Philharmonic has partnered with the radio program Classical KUSC broadcasting live to listeners in Southern California.
Let the Food Come to You
The dining experience in Los Angeles ranges from cheap casual eats to extravagant fine cuisine, with many options that fall in between. Whether you want something that’s health-conscious, looking for a delicious meal on a budget, or willing to splurge on a gourmet meal, homebodies now have the option of Postmating, checking out Dine L.A. To Go, ordering curbside pickup, and delivery.
For food aficionados who want to learn more about some of Los Angeles most popular restaurants, try watching Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown: Los Angeles” episode, where he visits some of the best spots in town, including Broken Spanish, Phillippe’s, Cielito Lindo, and even In-N-Out, all of which can be delivered.
Virtual Roller Coasters
With virtual reality technology at our fingertips, people can now experience the excitement of an amusement park from home. If you’re itching to walk around a certain neighborhood in Los Angeles, it’s possible to walk around different local spots using VR Gear (or even Google Street View if you want to do that). But why stick to strolling around a neighborhood when you can also go on a virtual roller coaster ride?
Although Disneyland in Anaheim isn’t officially offering VR rides, there are many video clips of rollercoaster rides from a firsthand perspective online, thanks to previous visitors to the amusement park. Encounter the thrill of roller coaster rides such as Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and many more, from your living room. Not to mention—the kids will love it.