5 local attractions to explore over spring break


Photo credit: Alexandra Chang

Scenes from Solstice Canyon’s hiking trail. The trail is located in Malibu.

Spring Break is just around the corner, and Los Angeles offers a plethora of fun, interesting activities. Whether you hope to engage in political activism or explore a new hiking trail in Malibu, this list offers something for everyone.

Written below are five enjoyable things to do over the vacation in L.A.

1) PaleyFest 2018

Whether your favorite TV show is “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Stranger Things,” PalyFest has it all. The event is a unique opportunity to hear from the creators and actors behind your favorite shows in live panel discussions. It is held annually at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and this year, it runs from Mar. 16 through Mar. 25.

Individual tickets cost $30 to $72 for Paley Center members and $40 to $90 for the general public.

2) March for Our Lives 

Taking place on Mar. 24, this march’s mission is to help end the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. The March for Our Lives movement began after the Parkland school shooting earlier this year. Not only is this event incredibly important to many of us, especially being high school students, but it’s also a way to connect with other people who are interested in activism in their communities. 

The Los Angeles march will begin at 9 a.m. at 603 Spring Street in Downtown.

3) The Griffith Observatory

The now-iconic scene from “La La Land” set at the Griffith Observatory inspires me to appreciate Los Angeles even more than I already do. Something that often goes unexplored is being a tourist in your own city.

Even though The Griffith Observatory is often crowded with people from out of town, why not join the fun? The views are breathtaking both during the day and at night, and, with the beautiful weather of spring upon us, it’s a win-win.

4) Solstice Canyon

One of my favorite hiking trails in Southern California is Solstice Canyon, which is located in Malibu just off of PCH. It’s a relatively easy walk that includes some interesting history along the way along with gorgeous ocean views.

An image of the exterior of the Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills. Image source: Stahl House’s Official Instagram Geotag (photo taken by Wes Mason).

The trail ends at the ruins of Roberts Ranch House, an iconic home in the canyon that was burned by wildfires in the 1980’s. Just past the ruins, there is also a small waterfall that goes into a creek. The trail is also very dog friendly, which in my book, is always important.

5) The Stahl House

This iconic home in the Hollywood Hills offers tours several days a week, and it has appeared in everything from architecture magazines to famous films. Stahl House is also known as Case Study House #22, which was a part of an architectural experiment. The home was designed by Pierre Koenig, and Stahl House has incredible views of Los Angeles.

The photos are very Instagram-worthy, so be sure to book your tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly.

Los Angeles is a vibrant city filled with incredible culture, food and more, so be sure to take advantage of the City of Angels this spring break.