A few companies have created websites and apps that let you, the traveler, find a local place that will store your bag.
They find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores, which are open early and close late and have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage.
Vertoe is America’s largest on-demand short term storage provider with a presence in over 20 major cities with 300+ locations in the US.
They have over 25 locations in LA alone and they are adding locations very rapidly. Many of their locations are open 24/7.
Vertoe’s rates are among the cheapest in Los Angeles with bags costing just $5.95/day.
There’s no need to worry about the safety and security of your bag, as they offer $5,000 in insurance and provide complimentary tamper-proof security seals at their locations.
Vertoe has excellent reviews on Google and Yelp, having won the “People love us on Yelp Award” for 2017, and we also like how Vertoe users get to rate and review each of their locations (reviews that you could read before checking your bags).
The offer 24-hour customer service.
There are several other companies offering a similar service. Some have a few side benefits that are worth noting below.
Some might offer more convenient locations for you than Vertoe.
Stasher is a great option for storing your bags in Los Angeles.
They offer storage for just $6 on the first day and $5 for each day after that.
You’ll have 16 locations to choose from, including convenient spaces in Downtown LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and by the LAX airport.
Simply book your space online, drop off your luggage, and enjoy your day without being weighed down!
Another reputable company that has locations throughout the world is Nanny Bag. Prices are $2/bag/hour up to $6/day with $2000 of insurance.
Reservations and payments are made through their website and there is no fee for canceling as long as your reservation time has not started.
LUGGAGE STORAGE AT MUSEUMS
This option is only for the time you’re visiting the museum. Many permit you to leave your suitcases with their customer service staff, just be sure to call and ask beforehand.
Please do not use these for daily use while you visit other sites. It is for museum patrons only.
Unfortunately, TSA no longer allows lockers at airports in the United States so you won’t find self-service luggage storage at any area airport.
You can always call your airline and see how early you can check a bag, as some will allow you to check luggage hours before your flight.
Fortunately, there are a few storage companies located nearby the airport.
LAX Luggage Storage
Located just 5-minutes from the airport, LAX Luggage Storage will meet you curbside at the airport to collect your luggage from you and return it to you curbside at the airport when you’re ready to fly out.
Prices range from $10-$15 per day per piece and there is an additional $5 fee per luggage piece for curbside collection (it’s free if you go to their facility to drop it off yourself).
TIP: For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. In some cases, you can save up to 50% of the cost you would normally pay to see many of the top Los Angeles attractions.
Many attractions in Hollywood like the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the exterior of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and seeing the Hollywood Sign (from afar) can all be done without paying a penny!
2. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Beach
Opened in 1909, the historic Santa Monica Pier has a lot to offer people of all ages! And the beach is always free to enjoy.
Taking a stroll down the pier will lead you through a number of souvenir kiosks, and past a number of restaurants, street performers & musicians on any given day.
For a fee, experience the rides at the lively amusement park, Pacific Park, or spend some time in the pier’s aquarium.
3. Walk the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Canals
A short distance from Santa Monica, the Venice Beach Boardwalk provides one of the most eclectic atmospheres and people-watching spots in all of LA.
Peruse the many souvenir kiosks, check out the body-builders at the open-air gym, and see who’s grinding the pavement at the skatepark.
For a quieter environment, walk a few blocks inland and stroll along the tranquil canals and footbridges that pay homage to those in Venice, Italy.
From the historic Grand Central Market to the cultural hub that is Olvera Street and the surrounds, to open green spaces at Grand Park and the teeming streets in the Fashion District, there is something for everyone!
(free admission first Tuesday of every month except July and August; free ticket reservation is encouraged)
Step tens of thousands of years back in time as you explore the natural tar pits on the grounds of the museum (which are always free to see) and cruise through exhibits that feature mammoths, mastodons, and more.
Located on historic Olvera Street downtown, the Avila Adobe is the oldest existing residence in Los Angeles. Always free, visitors are welcome to walk through the adobe and enjoy its central courtyard.
Free tours of the adobe are offered Monday-Saturday.
There you’ll find loads of restaurants and shops, a dueling piano bar, movie theatre, much more!
DTLA Art Walk
Taking place once a month in the historic core of downtown LA, the DTLA Art Walk welcomes visitors to a number of art galleries, studios, and cultural establishments that keep their doors open late.
It’s an excellent opportunity to see what the thriving artists in LA have to offer!
Taking a cruise down the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood at night is an exciting adventure.
This stroll will take you past larger than life billboards and a large assortment of legendary music venues, comedy houses, bars, restaurants, and other institutions that have made their mark on Hollywood.
See everything come alive after the sun goes down!
Hollywood & Highland
This centrally located shopping and dining center in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard offers a number of stores and restaurants as well as frequent special events and an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign from the upper breezeways.
It’s a great place to relax with a bite after a day in Hollywood or before seeing a show at one of the nearby theatres!
Tip: For even more ideas on what to do in LA at night, check out our guide here.
It’s not a trip to California without a stop at the beach!
While there are loads of different beaches to choose from in the LA area, some of the most family-friendly beaches include Zuma Beach, Seal Beach, and Marina Beach aka Mother’s Beach for its roped off swimming area.
Hello fellow travel-lovers! What a strange time to be a tour guide and well, a person. All of our tour guides from our many cities are at home, staying safe. While we are eager to return to being out and about, sharing stories, we are finding alternative ways to celebrate our cities! We are also finding lots of things to do from home. Here are a few suggestions for things to from your home after you’ve logged off of your Zoom meeting, finished organizing your sock drawer and opened your fridge and then closed it again. Have fun! Let us know if we’ve missed any great events that you’ve seen!
1) Isolation Drag Bingo- May 1st, 8th, & 15th
Looking for something fun to do? Join a weekly live bingo game hosted by Drag Race star Charlie Hides.
This 90 minutes of Bingo should be a blast- with prizes of a $100 Amazon gift card, wigs, and lashes!
This annual event has gone digital! Instead of going out, you’ll enjoy beer tastings in your own home. To prepare for the event, there will be a scheduled beer pick up with 10 special release beers and swag.
The evening of the event, you’ll be digitally invited to experience guided tastings, music, and games. Cheers!
3) Live Virtual Theatre “The Present” -May 7-April 7
The Geffen Playhouse is producing a LIVE virtual magic show called “The Present” with magician Helder Guimarães and producer Frank Marshall.
It will be a blast! Be sure to buy tickets here. Geffen is a Not-for-profit, so you’ll feel good supporting them too!
4) Watch Some Good News
John Krasinski is producing at home news show filled with Some Good News! If you need to feel better about the world, this is a great start! He has several 15-20 episodes. Below is a small clip from NASA sharing Some Good News with us!
5) Read a good book
Hop onto the Los Angeles Public Library page to check out a digital book, audio book, magazine, or newspaper. You can also watch movies, videos, and T.V. Alternatively, you can hop onto their ancestry page and research your family history! Plenty of rabbit holes to fall into on the L.A. public library page.
If you don’t have a public library card, you can sign up online to gain access to many of the free programs and content.
Sweat Spot is an amazing dance studio in L.A. led by choreographer Ryan Heffington. It hosting dance parties on Instagram LIVE with Ryan’s playlist as well as classes on instagram. Don’t forget to send a tip to their Paypal! See below for a fun looking class, Pre-COVID, of course.
7) Order food from local restaurant
Los Angeles has many local, family-run restaurants that offer tasty meals with delivery right to your door. This is a great option after you’re ready for a break from baking all of the bread. Many restaurants are offering booze with their takeout meals!
Rose and Blanc is offering full afternoon tea pick up if you’d like to have a little tea party with your roommates.
Arther J which is known for their steak, is offering full family meals (feeds 4-6 people) as well as essential box kits packed with eggs, proteins, butter, and other delicious staples to be delivered.
8) Work out in your Living Room
If there is anything L.A. is known for- it’s celebrities! Because they live here! During the pandemic, enjoy Chris Hemsoworth’s fitness app for a limited time for free.
There are loads of other apps offering limited free or reduced memberships including Nike, Barre3, and Down Dog.
Mark your calendar on April 18-19 for the 25th annual L.A. Times Festival of Books, held on the campus of USC.
Bookworms will enjoy numerous conversations and performances by a variety of authors and other groups & individuals.
Additionally, hundreds of booksellers, literary organizations, and publishers will be present to all attendees. Food trucks will also be on-site!
Advance tickets for author conversations (some that are free!) are highly recommended.
7) See California’s Wildflowers & the California Poppy Festival
Plan a visit to any of the areas where California’s wildflowers and state flower, the poppy, grow through the whole month of April when they are typically in vibrant bloom!
During one weekend (April 27-28), the California Poppy Festival will be held in Lancaster where guests can enjoy entertainment, shop arts & crafts, and grab free wildflower maps to learn about the best places to view them.
Festival gates open at 10:00 am on both days. The festival is free and fun for all ages!
April 16-19, presented by TCM, LA’s Classic Film Festival hits Hollywood this April! Join film lovers from around the globe and watch classic movies on the big screen in some of the most historic and beautiful theatres in the country.
Further, enjoy appearances and panel discussions by a variety of celebrities and filmmakers. This year’s festival focuses on grand illusions: fantastic worlds on film!
Andrew Schulz Comedy
April 11-12 Andre Schulz will be at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown L.A. Be sure to reserve your tickets before they sell out!
Also, while you are there- check out the Orpheum Theatre, which is one of the oldest movie palaces in L.A.
Enjoy the Los Angeles Philharmonic
April 21 at 8:00 pm, the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents David Blood & Du Yum. If you are a music lover, experiencing music in the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be incredible!
One Saturday every month (April 25) the Observatoryhosts a night where guests can try amazing telescopes between 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm on the lawn.
You can also check out the free museum while you are there!
Free Monday night Concerts at Echo
If you love live music and are on a budget- head over to Echo on a Monday night for their free Monday night residency (18 +). Check out this hot spot on days other than Monday and the tickets are still very reasonable.
Smorgasburg in L.A.
Smorgasburg is the largest open-air weekly food market in America! Stop by every Sunday between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The marketis free but you will definitely be tempted to spend a few bucks on a meal or two or three.
March 20-April 19th, 2020 is Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Fest which honors its long-standing history with the fruit with a three-week festival celebrating unique foods and beer & wine.
Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the boysenberry! Indulge in over 75 boysenberry inspired dishes among many other events and activities!
After you’ve had your fill of boysenberry treats, you can also enjoy the theme park, of course!
Hunt for Easter Eggs
While all the official details have yet to be announced, Easter is April 12 in 2020 and events are likely to be held around then.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardenhosts a Big Bunny Spring Fling for 5 weeks where kids can make bunny-themed crafts, plant seeds, see a live bee show, and of course, play with some real bunnies!
All these activities are included (though some have an extra charge, like taking a photo with Mr. Bunny himself) with admission costs.