Hello Shannon K fam!
As you know, I love exploring and I’m all about discovering new, less well-known areas. While I love people and checking out touristy spots, sometimes it can get to be overwhelming and I just need an escape. That’s why I almost immediately searched for any secret spots in Los Angeles upon moving there.
After quite a bit of exploration, these are 5 of my favorite secret spots in Los Angeles that are worth checking out.
So if you’re in the area and enjoy exploring, grab a pen and paper and start taking notes.
The Old Nazi Campgrounds
Every time I mention Nazi campgrounds, also known as the Murphy Ranch, to someone, the reaction I get is absolutely hilarious. Faces of confusion and surprise are just so enjoyable to watch. Plus it’s cool to say that you’ve visited a Nazi campground.
A little history lesson for all of you: In the early 1900’s, during WWII, since the Nazis thought they were going to win the war, Nazi sympathizers decided to build this little self-sustaining campground for Hitler and his military to safely work and plot to take over the states.
So when World War II ended with the Germans losing, LA police raided the campgrounds and shut down the complex.
Just like every other abandoned place here in LA, there’s graffiti everywhere. And there’s surprisingly a lot of trash and junk there too but it’s still a super cool place to check out.
Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens
Located in the smack dab middle of Los Angeles, you wouldn’t think that such a peaceful place would exist. But exist it does. They have free tours Tuesdays to Fridays although they do accept donations. Just be sure to reserve a ticket ahead of time. They are also open to the public to just come and get away from the noise of the city.
The labyrinth and gardens opened in 2002 as a non-profit spiritual center dedicated to peace and spirituality. It’s the perfect place to unwind and refocus on oneself.
There are even classes and workshops offered exploring on personal growth and growing spirituality.
The Lost Sunken City
The lost sunken city in San Pedro is often considered the Atlantis of Los Angeles. That’s because in 1929, like the legend of Atlantis, a part of San Pedro slipped into the ocean. Houses on the cliff fell into the ocean leaving huge remnants of roads, pipes and probably one of the closest representation of what a post apocalyptic world would look like.
Exploring this area can be pretty slippery and steep, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart and you are technically trespassing. It’s really cool though once you get in and there are a couple good articles out there telling you exactly how to get there so be sure to do your research before you go.
Also, a little tip, if you plan on exploring the lost sunken city, make it a day trip by visiting the Korean Friendship Bell and San Pedro Lighthouse nearby.
I find this park to one of my favorite parks to explore. It’s right outside of Downtown LA and is a great place to go to escape. The park itself is huge with a lot of great trails to check out. There’s plenty of parking throughout the park and there’s actually a sweet little spot known as the hidden swing. Not so hidden since you can actually put those exact words into Google Maps.
The swing I don’t think exists anymore unfortunately but the ropes are still there. So if you’re feeling up to it you can still swing.
The area is a great place to watch the sunset though since it’s right outside of Downtown LA.
A lot of teenagers enjoy spending their afternoons up there just watching the cars drive by and ignoring their homework … if you get my drift.
This place is absolutely gorgeous. You can’t go inside unless you’re there for filming or special events. The park grounds though are open to the public with free parking! Free parking in LA is basically like free food on a college campus so there’s really no excuse to make some time to enjoy this lovely hideout.
The Greystone Manor, was built in 1928 and actually has a very morbid history. The original owner of the mansion was victim of an apparent murder-suicide by his longtime friend. The city of Beverly Hills bought the mansion in 1965 and formally become a public park in 1971. In 1976, the estate became officially recognized as a historic landmark and is now looked after by the Friends of Greystone who volunteer their time towards raising funds and protecting the historical estate.
Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and need to get away from the city.
So there you have it, five places that I love going to when I want to escape and forget. Definitely, a list for explorers but don’t worry, I know of several other places for those who aren’t quite as adventurous.
Have you been to any of these places and if so how did you find them? What are some of your favorite secret spots in Los Angeles or in your city?