Chances are you probably haven't heard much about LA's City Hall...unless you've done jury duty there or know someone who works there. When I told some co-workers and friends that I was going to visit - or had already visited - the Observation Deck at LA's City Hall, no one I spoke with knew that you could go inside for free and see the views of the city from the 27th floor! Honestly, I wouldn't have known either if it wasn't for my obsession with browsing Yelp/random websites for fun and free things to do in LA in my spare time.
I'm a big lover of heights and skyline views, so I was super excited to visit the observation deck and get some sweet pics of the city I love. It was somewhat confusing finding my way to the top - I had to take 3 separate elevators to get to the 27th floor. I'm terrible navigating my way around places which is funny considering I love to explore. I was surprised to find that the observation deck was outside and there was only a railing separating me from falling 27 stories (definitely freaky, but I thought I would have to take pics from behind glass, so this was a pleasant surprise). Because I was so high up and could feel the wind blow through my hair, I started feeling somewhat queasy after being up there for a few minutes. You really feel like you are a bird floating around the outskirts of the city. The nausea stuck around while I was up there - for about 15 mins or so - before heading back inside to navigate my way down. I loved being able to see one of my favorite buildings in LA - The Walt Disney Concert Hall - from a bird's eye view and also the DTLA skyline which I find myself falling more in love with every time I see it.
If you are planning a visit to the Observation Deck at LA's City Hall, make sure you bring a government ID (you check in at the front desk and get a visitor sticker. You'll also have to go through a metal detector.) and go on a weekday during business hours - it's only open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can walk 360 degrees around the outside deck on the 27th floor and enjoy stunning views of the city. LA's City Hall is located at 200 N. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles.
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