Can You Identify These Well-Known LA area landmarks From a Photo?

By: Kennita Leon
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Of course everyone knows the Hollywood sign, but do you know LA enough to identify these popular landmarks? Take this quiz to find out how well you do.

This pier is filled with eateries serving fresh seafood and other local delights and shopping malls offering everything from surf gear to jewelry. There are also activities like rides, games and tours of the Santa Monica Pier. It is over 100 years old and offers unique views of the city. It has also been featured in books, television shows and films, like "A Night At The Roxbury" and "Titanic."

Offering a gateway to exploring the cosmos through telescopes and exhibitions, the Griffith observatory is an architectural wonder that allows for amazing views of the Hollywood Sign and Los Angeles. Live shows as well as the Samuel Oschin Planetarium give viewers a remarkable look into the cosmos.

World famous Venice Beach is South California’s #1 attraction for visitors. This half-mile beach has a large boardwalk filled with hundreds of street vendors and performers, like jugglers, mines, musicians and break-dancers. Visitors can enjoy riding along the bike path, skateboarding or taking in the sites of the beautiful physiques of body builders on Muscle Beach.

An American icon located on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills, it was established in 1923 and originally read Hollywoodland. Standing at 45 feet tall and 350 feet long, the Hollywood sign has been featured in television shows, movies and music videos.

Disneyland opened its doors in 1955 and was built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. The park offers patrons thrilling rides on amazing rollercoasters and photo ops with some of the most prolific Disney characters ever created.

This mile and a half strip of Sunset Boulevard makes its way through West Hollywood and is well known for its restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques. Sunset Strip contains a vast number of colorful billboards and is a visual treat for visitors.

Skyspace is California's tallest open air observation deck, offering visitors a breathtaking panoramic 360-degree view of Los Angeles. The Skyslides offer a thrilling adventure which is not for the faint of heart. Patrons get the chance to slide down a glass casing 1,000 feet above Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is made up of over 2,600 five-pointed stars sunken into the sidewalk that runs for 15 blocks along Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Walk of Fame also features the ‘Four ladies of Hollywood’ and ‘La Brea Gateway,’ which were commissioned in 1993 as a tribute to multi-ethic women in Hollywood.

Home to more than 1,000 animals, the zoo is a family friendly attraction that spans 133 acres and was founded in 1966. Some of its exhibits include: Elephants of Asia, Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountain and Red Ape Rain Forest. It became a certified botanical garden in 2002 with over 800 different plant species.

This baseball park is located in Elysian Park and it’s the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two distinct features of this park include its wavy roof on each outfield pavilion and the Dodger logo which rises above the elevator shaft behind home plate.

The Queen Mary offers patrons a 1930s style of sophistication with the Observation Bar and the Art Deco Lounge. The Queen Mary showcases original artwork above the bar and soft retro lighting that gives the bar its '30s feel. In its heyday, the Queen Mary was known as the most technologically advanced ocean liner of its time.

More than 11,000 animals within 50 exhibits make the Aquarium of the Pacific the 4th most attended aquarium in the United States. It has a NOAA Science on a Sphere which exhibits imagery and real-time weather and oceanic data played out on a diameter globe.

Knott's Berry Farm is not just a place where you can buy berries, but also a theme park filled with thrilling rides!

Housing the mayor’s office and meeting chamber, the Los Angeles City hall is at the center of government interactions in the city of Los Angeles. The building has been featured in "Adventures of Superman," "War of the Worlds" and "Gangster Squad." The building also has an observation level on the 27th floor which is open to the public.

This public library underwent aggressive expansion in the 1920s. It now holds over 6 million volumes of books, periodicals and audiovisual materials.

An energetic transportation hub that has forged a path between art, entertainment, culture and travel. Known as a gateway to Los Angeles, Union Station connects communities by being a central hub in the heart of the city. It has been re-designed to incorporate vibrant renaissance appeal within its decor.

Located at 304 South Broadway at West 3rd Street in downtown L.A is the Bradbury Building, It is an architectural landmark and the oldest commercial building in Central city. The building is best known for its skylit atrium of access walkways, stairs, elevators and ironwork.

Located in Arcadia, California, this thoroughbred race track offers some of the highest-level racing events in the U.S. Races are scheduled during the winter and spring. It is considered one of the most beautiful race tracks and has the scenic backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains.

This 13-story tower is a Los Angeles historic cultural monument. It houses Capitol Records. It has been featured in video games, television shows and movies.

Designed as a funicular railway in the Bunker district of Downtown Los Angeles is the Angels Flight landmark. The railway comprises of two funicular cars named Olivet and Sinai that run in opposite directions on a cable along the railway.

This large park covers 4,310 acres of land and is the second largest park in California. It is commonly referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles. Some of the attractions in Griffith Park include the Greek Theater, Bronson Canyon and Heritage Tree.

This 12-acre park is part of the Grand Avenue Project and is located in the Civic Center. It cost $50 million to construct. Grand Park has many memorials and statues.

Spanning 160 acres and located at the eastern end of Santa Monica Mountains is Runyon Canyon. There are five ways to enter Runyon Canyon, ranging from an easy hike to more difficult routes through the westernmost Hero Trail.

Located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway is Zuma Beach. It is one of the largest beaches in Malibu, California, and it is also extremely popular. Zuma Beach offers excellent waves for surfing and ranks as one of the healthiest beaches when it comes to clean water in Los Angeles.

This historical site is 127 acres and has an arboretum and botanical garden that is open daily. Admission is free. The arboretum has the reputation of being haunted by Lucky Baldwin or one of his wives. The site has also been featured in dozens of movies.

The cemetery seats on 100 acres of land and was founded in 1899. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles and contains graves, crypts and sarcophagi of some of the most culturally significant people in the entertainment industry. Tombs and sites in the cemetery have been used as settings in featured films and television shows.

Echo park is home to more than 43,000 plus residents in Central Los Angeles. Some big-name artists, writers and actors have called Echo Park home, ike Shia LaBeouf, Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve McQueen. It is also known as the ‘hippiest’ neighborhood, having many nightclubs, bars and restaurants.

A massive bronze bell which is housed in a pavilion made of stone is situated in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The bell was given as a gift to America by the Republic of Korea in celebration of bicentennial of the United States and as a display of friendship between the two countries. The bell has been featured in the music videos of both Lana del Rey and Korean rapper, Zico.

Made up of concentric arches that form a shell or bowl shape, the site has the scenic backdrop of the Hollywood hills along with the Hollywood sign to the northeast. This outdoor amphitheater has hosted performances dating back to the 1920s. It has also been featured in television and film. The Bowl has hosted performances by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Lauryn Hill, to name a few.

Known as Grauman’s Chinese Theater, it is located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard and has been utilized for many film premieres, including George Lucas’s "Star Wars" in 1977. The Chinese Theater also hosts events like birthday parties, corporate mixers and Academy Award ceremonies. It was declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968.

Located at 111 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. It opened its doors in 2003. The Concert Hall seats 2,265 people and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Its unique architectural construction has made the hall a popular feature in television shows and movies.

This rock formation can be found in Yosemite National Park. It extends 3,000 feet from the ground. The name El Capitan was given to the rock formation by Mariposa Battalion in 1851. It is a favorite of rock climbers. The formation was also included in the U.S quarter in 2010 for the America the Beautiful Quarters series.

This live-performance auditorium was also known as the Kodak Theater. It opened in 2001 and since then has hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies. The theater also hosts a number of live concerts throughout the year. The Dolby Theater also hosted the live showing of "America’s Got Talent."

Known for its massive selection of shopping boutiques, this two mile stretch of street offers a shopping experience unlike any other. Representing brands like Christian Dior, Valentino, and Chanel, Rodeo Drive is branded as the intersection of luxury. It also hosts very exclusive events and festivals in spectacular fashion.

A vibrant hub teeming with activity, the plaza offers great shopping, restaurants and events. Visitors and locals can enjoy sounds, smells and sights of the orient, and unusual souvenirs can also be picked up at the many shops in the plaza.

This mom and pop hot dog stand established itself as an iconic food stop. Offering an array of hot dogs and hamburgers, it has seen massive expansion. Celebrities love Pink’s Hot Dogs and the stand has been visited by Michael Jackson, Guy Fieri, Martha Stewart, Betty White and many more.

Located on Sycamore Avenue in the Hollywood Hills and constructed in 1914 by craftsmen from Japan, this villa forms the districts centerpiece. Yamashiro was built to house a collection of Japanese art. The word Yamashiro in Japanese means ‘mountain castle’ and the villa is appropriately named because it is located on top a hill.

This restaurant chain was founded in Southern California in 1936 by Bob Wian. The big boy burger was developed by slicing a burger bun in three pieces and placing 2 hamburger patties between the slices. The oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy is located at 4211 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California. It was designed as a drive-in and car hops delivered food to people waiting in their cars.

This hotel is located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and has 63 rooms and suites. It was fashioned after the Chateau d’Ambroise in France. Chateau Marmont has been featured in movies and referenced in music and has gained the reputation of a Hollywood landmark. The hotel was also the site of Jim Belushi’s 1982 drug overdose in bungalow 3.

A collection of 17 sculpted structures in the Simon Rodia State Park in the Watts area of Los Angeles. The tower is constructed from steel rebar and wrapped with mesh wire. The structures are decorated with found objects, such as green and blue glass and soft drink bottles.

This museum is located on Venice Boulevard and was founded by Diana Drake Wilson in 1988. The Museum of Jurassic Technology maintains over 30 permanent exhibitions and it is described as a place of curiosity. The exhibitions range from quirky to eclectic.

Magic Castle is known for the surprises it gives visitors and for being the home of the Academy of Magical Arts since 1963. The exclusive club is made up of over 2,000 magicians from around the country. It also has a hotel next door.

An astronomical observatory that contains two historically-relevant telescopes known as the Hooker Telescope and the 60-inch Telescope. The observatory was founded by George Hale who was known for creating the 1 meter telescope at the Yerkes Observatory.

Park benches were added to the remains of the Old Zoo after it changed locations. It now offers patrons a scenic spot to relax whiles taking in the zoo's old ruins. Admission is free and patrons can also enjoy hiking through the old tracks.

Mariachi Plaza is located in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles. It resembles Mexico’s famed Plaza Garibaldi. Mariachi musicians have gathered here, hoping to be hired by visitors looking for a full band or solo singer. This tradition has continued since the 1930s.

Established in 2010, this museum portrays the stories of real people by putting an item on display related to a failed relationship. The collection aims to show how we all share the same problems, despite nationality or background differences. The museum offers visitors a chance to overcome heartbreak through creation.

The site of a landslide that caused numerous beachside homes in Point Fermin to slide into the ocean in 1929, Sunken City is now one of the major attractions in San Pedro.

Getty Museum cost $1.3 billion to build. It opened its doors in 1997. The center is well-known for its garden, views of Los Angeles and architecture. It is located on top a hill. Patrons park at the bottom of the hill and ride a cable-pulled hover train to the top.

This museum and state agency is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive. It was founded in 1951 and offers permanent exhibitions, such as the Space Shuttle Endeavor. It is known as the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center and boasts features like a climbing wall, motion stimulator and high wire bicycle.

This museum aims to inspire wonder and boasts over 35 million specimens that date back 4.5 billion years. The museum acts as a vital resource for Southern California teachers and showcases the planet, the cultural world and the natural world.

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