One of my favorite ways to see a city is from above – nothing beats being up way high and getting a bird’s-eye view of a city.
I was so excited when OUE’s Skyspace LA opened, because it finally gave me a chance to see Los Angeles – my hometown – from up above. Perched on the top of the US Bank building, OUE Skyspace LA houses an observation deck, some interactive technological exhibits, multiple lobbies, and a cafe and restaurant/bar. For those seeking a bit of an adrenaline rush, it also features a 45-foot glass slide that goes down the side of the building.
Being up at OUE Skyspace LA, being able to take in those panoramic views of the city, and going down the slide was definitely a memorable experience! Here are 6 reasons why you should check out this cool new attraction:
Your first stop at OUE Skyspace LA will be on the 54th floor, which is the Interactive Level. Here, you will find some a virtual reality time lapse of the view you are about to see from the top, some awesome light shows, and cool optical illusions, like one that looks like you are looking 54 stories down – so trippy!
2. It’s the highest observation deck in California
OUE Skyspace LA is located on the 69th and 70th floors of the iconic US Bank building, which stands 1,000 feet tall over downtown LA. It is the highest open-air observation deck in California. You won’t find views like this anywhere else in the state!
3. Those panoramic views can’t be beat
There are two decks here that give you unparalleled 360-degree views of downtown LA, the valley, the San Gabriel mountains, the ocean, and everything in between. On a clear day, you can see up to 34 miles! The observation decks also provide free telescopes so you can REALLY get a great view.
4. The Skyslide is a thrilling experience
When you buy tickets to OUE Skyspace LA, you also have the option of purchasing an add-on to ride down the Skyslide, which takes you on a 45-foot long, 4-feet wide, 1.25-inch thick glass slide that gives you a view of the LA skyline while going down from the 70th to 69th floor. It goes by in a flash so make sure you remember to look outside at the view!
LA is notorious for its smog, but one great thing about all that smog? It results in some pretty epic sunsets. There’s nothing better than seeing it from 1,000 feet above ground. Seeing the sun fall below the horizon while perched up so high was one magical sight.
6. It’s still new-ish and not too crowded – yet!
OUE Skyspace LA opened in summer 2016, so it is still pretty new. It seems that not too many people have heard of it yet, because it wasn’t packed at all (unlike when I went to Skydeck in Chicago). Now is the perfect time to check it out, before everyone starts to hear about it!
Things to know:
633 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Parking is available across the street at the Westlawn Parking Garage, located at 524 S. Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. The P7th Street/Metro Center and Pershing Square Metro subway stops are also located a few blocks away.
Sunday through Thursday: Opens at 10am; last ticket sold at 9:00pm.
Friday and Saturday: Opens at 10am; last ticket sold at 10:00pm.
Observation deck only, timed admission:
Seniors 65+: $22
Youth 3-12: $19
You can also purchase flex admission, which is valid for any time for an additional $5. Add $8 for Skyslide add-on. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the box office on the 2nd floor, or you can buy tickets only here.
Do you like seeing a city from high up above?
Photos of me: Photos of me by Melissa Teng. All other photos by me.
Caroline is a Southern California based traveler, writer, and photographer. She travels all around California, the US, and the world in search of the most colorful places, the most delicious food, and bucket-list adventures. Her aim is to inspire other travelers discover how to add more adventure and joy to their lives. On Pictures & Words, you’ll find detailed guides + itineraries, along with vibrant photos to help you plan the the most epic trips. When she’s not traveling, Caroline also runs half marathons.