The Ultimate LA City Guide for EV Drivers

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Aug 11, 2021

The Ultimate LA City Guide for EV Drivers: 13 of the Best Things to Do in LA

Tucked among the celebrity homes and bustling beaches of Los Angeles are some of the nation’s most well-known attractions like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Disneyland, and much more. With this guide, you can explore all the City of Angels has to offer without fear of your electric vehicle (EV) running low on charge. In fact, with the impressive range of Nissan EVs and the wealth of EV charging stations available at convenient locations, you may even have enough charge to wrap up the day with a joy ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. From museums and shopping malls to golf courses and beaches, here are the best places in LA to see the sights while topping off your Nissan EV’s charge.

Local Attractions

Take in automotive history or take your youngsters to meet Mickey Mouse at some of LA’s most renowned local attractions.

1. Petersen Automotive Museum

  • Reviews: 4.7/5

  • Price: $

  • Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

With multiple automotive exhibits like Supercars, Hollywood Machines (featuring the original BatMobile), and Building an Electric Future, Petersen Automotive Museum has some of the country’s most defining hot rods under its architecturally stunning roof, from vintage rides to electric vehicles to iconic cars from the big screen. Located in Mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles, this is an easy attraction to visit from central LA.

Charging Site:

  • Petersen Museum (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

2. Disneyland

  • Reviews: 4.6/5

  • Price: $$$$

  • Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim 92802

Since 1955, the original Disneyland in Anaheim has been putting smiles on the faces of visitors and has stood as an icon of Southern California. Located only about 30 minutes outside of LA, Disneyland is a must-see local attraction. With classic rides like It’s a Small World and Splash Mountain as well as newer additions like the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family.

Charging Sites:

Using EVgo roaming partners, you can access charging stations on-site at Disneyland; however, multiple EVgo stations are also located close by and could save you money on parking.

  • Anaheim Plaza (1-L2 charger and 1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 510 N Euclid St, Anaheim 92801

  • Outlets at Orange (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 20 City Blvd W, Orange 92868

  • Walmart (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 1340 S Beach Blvd, La Habra 90631

Parks & Beaches

Los Angeles is also home to beautiful mountains and beaches — it is nicknamed the City of Flowers and Sunshine, after all! Just a short drive from one another, you can feed any adventurous urge on a whim at these beaches and parks. Better yet, Nissan EV chargers are never far away so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice on your journey.

3. Malibu Creek State Park

  • Reviews: 4.6/5

  • Price: $

  • Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas 91302

Only 25 miles northwest of downtown LA, Malibu Creek State Park is a welcomed getaway for any outdoor enthusiasts (including dogs). Thanks to its vast beauty of woodlands and streams, Malibu Creek has even been used as a set in movies like “Planet of the Apes” and “M*A*S*H.” Create your own storied memories at Malibu Creek State Park with a day hike or camping trip.

Charging Sites:

  • De Anza Park (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 3701 Lost Hills Rd, Agoura Hills 91301

4. Veterans Memorial Park

  • Reviews: 4.5/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230

Enjoy family-friendly activities at Veterans Memorial Park with a playground, pool, tennis court, and 12.9 acres of green space to run around or relax. Located in Culver City, this park is easy to swing by for a quick recharge when out on the town running errands.

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5. Hermosa Beach

  • Reviews: 4.7/5 (Hermosa Beach Pier)

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach 90254

Hermosa means “gorgeous” in Spanish, and Hermosa Beach certainly lives up to its name. Featuring over two miles of sandy coastline in South LA, this beach offers excellent surfing and swimming areas as well as a pier with restaurants and shops to explore. Take in some ocean breeze or ride a bike down the boardwalk as your car recharges.

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6. Angeles National Forest

  • Reviews: 4.7/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 12371 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd, San Fernando 91342

With bountiful streams and trails great for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping, you’re sure to get the most out of your trip to Angeles National Forest. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can hike a strenuous 6 miles to see the Bridge to Nowhere (and even bungee jump off of it!). If you prefer to keep two feet on the ground, the Mt. Baldy Trail is perfect for a 6.4-mile hike.

Charging Sites:

Charging stations are available at the foot of the mountains for an easy recharge before or after visiting.

  • Walmart Glendora (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 1950 Auto Centre Dr, Glendora 91740

  • Walmart Duarte (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 1600 Mountain Ave, Duarte 91010

  • Walmart Ontario (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 1333 N Mountain Ave, Ontario 91762

  • Walmart Baldwin Park (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 3250 Big Dalton Ave, Baldwin Park 91706

Recreation

Go get your exercise on while your Nissan EV charges up at any of these recreation and community centers around Los Angeles.

7. Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center

  • Reviews: 4.6/5

  • Price: $

  • Address: 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas 91302

For those finding themselves in north LA, the Center is known as a staple to the Calabasas community, offering many programs like kids’ summer camps, a fitness center, arts and craft events, fitness memberships, and more. The best part about it? No membership is needed with walk-in rates available.

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8. Brookhurst Community Center

  • Reviews: 4.3/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 2271 Crescent Ave, Anaheim 92801

In southeast Los Angeles, Brookhurst stands as a staple for hosted events of up to 500 people, featuring a beautiful garden patio, meeting rooms, and many more amenities. Better yet, Brookhurst hosts many recreational events like adult fitness classes and a NASA Space Academy Camp for students.

Charging Site:

9. Penmar Golf Course

  • Reviews: 4.2/5

  • Price: $$

  • Address: 1233 Rose Ave, Venice 90291

Standing as a 9-hole, executive golf course blocks away from Venice Beach, Penmar is great for a short golf game with a cooling ocean breeze nearby.

Charging Sites:

  • Lincoln Place (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 1050 Frederick St, Venice 90291

  • Chevron Lincoln (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 2400 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291

Shopping

Los Angeles is known for its exceptional shopping scene featuring some of the world’s most popular brands and iconic malls. Charging up your EV is a great excuse to catch some retail therapy.

10. The Americana at Brand

  • Reviews: 4.6/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 889 Americana Way, Glendale 91210

Built by the renowned Rick J. Caruso, The Americana at Brand is an exquisite mall in Glendale featuring shopping, dining, entertainment, and even residential homes. With brands like Tiffany & CO. and Nordstrom and restaurants like Bacari GDL and Deluca’s Italian Deli, you’re sure to spend the day filled with fun and food.

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11. Camarillo Premium Outlets

  • Reviews: 4.5/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 740 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo 93010

Northwest of LA, you’ll find the Camarillo Premium Outlets featuring over 149 stores and restaurants for families including GAP Factory, H&M, Kate Spade, Nike, and, yes, Wetzel’s Pretzels. If you’re looking to leave the city for a change of scenery, but still accomplish some shopping, the Camarillo Premium Outlets are a great place to visit.

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LA Day Trips

While Los Angeles itself has a plethora of attractions to experience, there are also many day trips that are easily accessible from the city so you never run out of opportunities to explore. And, with the Nissan LEAF’s battery-boosting technology like Eco Mode and regenerative braking, you can go further than ever before.

12. The World’s Tallest Thermometer

  • Reviews: 4.4/5

  • Price: Free

  • Address: 72157 Baker Blvd, Baker 92309

Towering over 134 feet tall, the World’s Tallest Thermometer commemorates the world’s hottest day of 134 degrees, recorded in the nearby Death Valley in 1913. Take a break on your way to Las Vegas to have some refreshing shaved ice served on-site before continuing through the sweltering Mojave Desert. Visiting this attraction is a good reminder to top off your EV while you’re there, as your AC will likely be running full blast on this trip!

Charging Site:

13. Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Price: Free

The “City of Sin” features big-name entertainment, flashy casinos, gourmet dining, and shopping to the heart’s content. EVgo has 44 chargers located between LA and Las Vegas, and even locations at Terrible Herbst convenience stores throughout the city, so charging for your Las Vegas day trip is as easy as it gets.

Charging Sites:

  • Terrible Herbst (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 11330 Southern Highlands Pkwy, Las Vegas 89141

  • Terrible Herbst (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 4850 W Silverado Ranch Blvd, Las Vegas 89139

  • Terrible Herbst (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 3440 W Russell Rd, Las Vegas 89118

  • Terrible Herbst (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

    • Address: 6030 Centennial Center Blvd, Las Vegas 89149

Grocery

There are also opportunities to charge your Nissan EV when out on the town running errands. EVgo has the nation’s largest fast-charging network and prides itself on being accessible and found in convenient areas like grocery stores. Below are some of LA’s most popular grocery store chains featuring EVgo fast-charging stations.

Sprouts

  • Charging Site:

    • Sprouts San Vicente (3-175kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

      • Address: 4918 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles 90019

Bristol Farms

  • Charging Site:

    • Bristol Farms (1-50kW charger with CHAdeMO connector)

      • Address: 9039 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood 90048

Trader Joe’s

  • Charging Site:

    • Trader Joe’s (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

      • Address: 9290 Culver Blvd, Culver City 90232

Whole Foods

  • Charging Site:

    • Whole Foods Market (2-50kW chargers with CHAdeMO connector)

      • Address: 405 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

Make Your Way Around Town with EVgo

Whether your day in LA entails buying groceries for the week, beachcombing with friends, or visiting Disneyland with the family in tow, there are ample opportunities just around the corner to charge up your EV while living your life to the fullest. With EVgo’s conveniently located fast-charging stations, you can even take on day trips without having to worry about your Nissan running out of charge. This efficient method of top-off charging ensures your EV is always ready to get up and go to take you on whatever new adventure awaits.

For even more charging convenience, Nissan has partnered with EVgo to offer Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo, exclusive to customers purchasing or leasing a qualifying new Nissan Electric Vehicle. Join the program and receive a free charging credit to use at any EVgo or EVgo roaming partner charging station.

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Disclaimers: Google My Business was the source for review information. Each $ is equivalent to roughly $25.