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GTA 5 Real-Life Locations and Where They Are

GTA 5 Real-Life Locations and Where They Are

GTA V was released almost a decade ago. Upon its release, it was already way ahead of its time with stunning graphics and interesting real-world locations.

This is also one of the reasons GTA V has survived for so long. People enjoy the freedom of visiting real-life places in the virtual world, where they can roam around and cause as much mayhem as they want!

Los Santos in GTA V has many Points of Interest (POIs) that are based on the city of Los Angeles.

This is why you may recognize many places in this city, even though you may have never been to them in real life.

Here are Grand Theft Auto locations that you can find in real-life.

Beverly Center

Rockford Plaza in GTA 5 (left) and Beverly Center LA (right)
Rockford Plaza in GTA 5 (left) and Beverly Center LA (right)

The Beverly Center in LA is a large eight-story shopping center that can be found in Beverly Hills.

It first opened in 1982. This huge shopping mall has over a hundred stores, many of which are mostly designer brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, etc.

Beverly Center location on GTA 5 map
Beverly Center location on GTA 5 map

The GTA V version of this building is the Rockford Plaza, which is the biggest shopping mall in the game.

It is located a bit north inside Los Santos, near the hospital you spawn in if you die.

Forum Arena

Maze Bank Arena in GTA 5 (left) and The Forum (right)
Maze Bank Arena in GTA 5 (left) and The Forum (right)

The Maze Bank Arena in GTA V is a large indoor stadium that is based on the Kia Forum in LA.

Although these two structures look somewhat different, there is no doubt that the Maze Bank Arena was inspired by this building.

The Forum opened in 1967, and at the time, it was quite a unique structure due to its massive size and build design.

Forum location on GTA 5 map
Forum location on GTA 5 map

The in-game version of this building also hosts many events, especially in GTA Online.

It is also the location of Michael and Trevor‘s first mission together. They go to the Maze Bank Arena in an attempt to stop Tracey (Michael’s daughter) from participating in the Fame or Shame game show.

Getty Center

Kortz Center in GTA 5 (left) and The Getty Center (right)
Kortz Center in GTA 5 (left) and The Getty Center (right)

Among the real-life places in GTA V, the Kortz Center is the only museum that can be found in Los Santos. This museum is based on the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

The Getty Center is home to many historic artifacts and ancient structures. It also includes amazing gardens and even some art pieces by Vincent Van Gogh.

Getty Center location on GTA 5 map
Getty Center location on GTA 5 map

Similarly, this place also holds some importance in GTA V, featuring one of the best in-game missions, “The Wrap Up.”

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Oriental Theater in GTA 5 (left) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (right)
Oriental Theater in GTA 5 (left) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (right)

The Oriental Theater in GTA V is a popular Chinese-themed cinema that is used for movie screenings and premiers.

This location is directly based on perhaps one of the most important locations in Los Angeles, Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Hollywood Walk of Fame location on GTA 5 map
Hollywood Walk of Fame location on GTA 5 map

This cinema is where Michael’s first movie premiere takes place in the mission ‘Meltdown’ in GTA V.

The real-life version of this place has hosted some of the biggest movie premieres of all time and has the prints of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

This location is also known as the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Griffith Observatory

Galileo Observatory in GTA 5 (left) and Griffith Observatory (right)
Galileo Observatory in GTA 5 (left) and Griffith Observatory (right)

The Griffith Observatory is an observatory located in Los Angeles, California.

It is a unique landmark that teaches you a lot about space life. You can look through the free public telescopes and learn information about astronomy.

Griffith Observatory location on GTA 5 map
Griffith Observatory location on GTA 5 map

The Griffith Observatory is called the Galileo Observatory in GTA 5. If you are a GTA V player, then there is no doubt that you have visited this place at least once.

It is located just north of Los Santos and features many iconic story-mode missions.

Hollywood Bowl

Vinewood Bowl in GTA 5 (left) and Hollywood Bowl (right)

Home to the in-game reality show Fame or Shame, the Vinewood Bowl is a luxurious outdoor amphitheater.

In real life, this location resembles the Hollywood Bowl, which looks very similar to it.

It has been open since 1922 and can accommodate up to 17,500 people!

Hollywood Bowl location on GTA 5 map
Hollywood Bowl location on GTA 5 map

The Vinewood Bowl is located atop the luxurious Vinewood Hills in GTA 5, underneath the famous Hollywood Sign.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Vinewood Von Crastenburg Hotel (left) and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (right)
Vinewood Von Crastenburg Hotel (left) and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (right)

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in LA is the oldest hotel in the city that is operating to this day.

It was first opened over a century ago and even hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1926.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel location on GTA 5 map
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel location on GTA 5 map

This hotel also inspires an in-game GTA 5 version called the Vinewood Von Crastenburg Hotel.

It is located on Clinton and Meteor and includes many features like a swimming pool, a nightclub, a restaurant, etc.

Hollywood Sign

Vinewood Sign in GTA 5 (left) and Hollywood Sign (right)
Vinewood Sign in GTA 5 (left) and Hollywood Sign (right)

If you have heard about or seen pictures of Hollywood, then you’ll have seen the Hollywood Sign.

It is synonymous with Hollywood and is likely the first location that’ll come to mind.

It is a famous tourist spot and one of the most popular locations in the entire USA!

Hollywood Sign location on GTA 5 map
Hollywood Sign location on GTA 5 map

The Hollywood area in GTA V is called Vinewood instead. So this sign, which is also featured in the game, spells out Vinewood instead of Hollywood.

If you have driven around Vinewood in the city of Los Santos, then there is no doubt you have seen this sign too.

Los Angeles River

Los Santos Storm Drain in GTA 5 (left) and LA River (right)
Los Santos Storm Drain in GTA 5 (left) and LA River (right)

The Los Angeles River is a major river located in Los Angeles County, which was built after a series of floods in the early 20th century.

LA River location on GTA 5 map
LA River location on GTA 5 map

This same river is also present in GTA V, called the Los Santos Storm Drain. It is spread out all across Los Santos and has no fixed location.

Many missions and races take place in this area, including the very first story-mode heist. The in-game river has been made a bit smaller than the real-life version by Rockstar Games.

Pershing Square

Legion Square in GTA 5 (left) and Pershing Square (right)
Legion Square in GTA 5 (left) and Pershing Square (right)

The Pershing Square is a small park in Los Angeles that inspires an in-game park called The Legion Square.

It was heavily used during WWII but now is host to regular seasonal events such as ice-skating. It also hosts live concert performances during the summer.

Pershing Square location on GTA 5 map
Pershing Square location on GTA 5 map

Legion Park is located right in the middle of Los Santos near the Maze Bank Tower and Mile High Club.

Although it may not be as large as the previous two buildings, it is still very eye-catching thanks to its unique structures.

Much like the in-game version, Pershing Square also features some unique pieces of art that make it stand out!

Playboy Mansion

Playboy Mansion in GTA 5 (left) and Playboy Mansion in real life (right)
Playboy Mansion in GTA 5 (left) and Playboy Mansion in real life (right)

The Playboy Mansion, which is the former home of the Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles.

Hefner continued living in this house till 2017, when he passed away.

Playboy Mansion location on GTA 5 map
Playboy Mansion location on GTA 5 map

This iconic location is also featured in GTA V as an easter egg since players can find the playboy mansion in Richman, Los Santos, next to the golf course.

If you want to visit this highly detailed mansion, then it would be best to go there at night since the place becomes more lively at that time.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Bishop's WTF in GTA 5 (left) and Ripley's Believe It or Not (right)
Bishop’s WTF in GTA 5 (left) and Ripley’s Believe It or Not (right)

Bishop’s WTF?! is a museum that is based around an Alien theme. It is based on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in real life.

You can hear a UFO humming sound effect if you go near the building.

This is a nice detail since UFOs are such an important part of GTA 5.

Sadly, you cannot enter this building, and nor does it play any role in the actual GTA storyline.

Ripley's Believe It or Not location on GTA 5 map
Ripley’s Believe It or Not location on GTA 5 map

This building is located in the more expensive part of Los Santos, Vinewood Boulevard.

Ritz-Carlton Building

Mile High Club in GTA 5 (left) and The Ritz-Carlton Building (right)
Mile High Club in GTA 5 (left) and The Ritz-Carlton Building (right)

Right next to the Maze Bank Tower, you can find this under-construction building called the Mile High Club.

In real life, this building is based on The Ritz-Carlton building that can be found in Downtown Los Angeles.

Ritz-Carlton Building location on GTA 5 map
Ritz-Carlton Building location on GTA 5 map

In Los Santos, you can find this building on the east of the Maze Bank. The Mile High Club is a really iconic part of GTA V since this building has been under construction for almost a decade.

Many players suspect that Rockstar Games will update the in-game building to finish the construction, but there is no official news regarding that as of right now.

With GTA 6 presumably on the horizon, we might even have to wait until we can play in Los Santos again in a new Grand Theft Auto game.

Salvation Mountain

Beam Me Up in GTA 5 (left) and Salvation Mountain (right)
Beam Me Up in GTA 5 (left) and Salvation Mountain (right)

Salvation Mountain is a hillside environment found in the California Desert area of Imperial County.

It was created as a tribute to God by Leonard Knight, who was a local resident.

This place is a piece of art that was made using “adobe bricks, discarded tires and windows, automobile parts, and thousands of gallons of paint.”

Salvation Mountain location on GTA 5 map
Salvation Mountain location on GTA 5 map

The in-game version of the Salvation Mountain is known as Beam Me Up (or Silent Probe Mountain) and is located on a hill on the southeast corner of Sandy Shores. It is also a large decorated hill, but instead of God, this place has references to aliens.

Since aliens are an important part of GTA 5, this place is also quite popular since it consists of easter eggs and mentions of Mount Chiliad.

Santa Monica Beach

Del Perro Beach in GTA 5 (left) and Santa Monica Beach (right)
Del Perro Beach in GTA 5 (left) and Santa Monica Beach (right)

Santa Monica Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in Los Angeles.

Also home to the ‘original’ Muscle Beach, tourists flock from all over the world to visit.

Santa Monica Beach location on GTA 5 map
Santa Monica Beach location on GTA 5 map

A direct inspiration of this beach can be found in GTA V on the west side of Los Santos called Del Perro Beach.

It is very similar to the real-life version in its design and layout.

Santa Monica Pier

Del Perro Pier in GTA 5 (left) and Santa Monica Pier (right)
Del Perro Pier in GTA 5 (left) and Santa Monica Pier (right)

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the most famous piers in the world.

It was created in 1909 and is located right on top of Santa Monica Beach.

Although the beach and the pier are technically in the same location, they each have many separate features that make them unique in their own way.

Santa Monica Pier location on GTA 5 map
Santa Monica Pier location on GTA 5 map

In Los Santos, this pier is called the Del Perro Pier and is located right in the middle of Del Perro Beach.

It has many rides and activities in which the player can participate. The rides also light up at night, giving the pier a really beautiful look!

Sierra Towers

Eclipse Towers in GTA 5 (left) and Sierra Towers (right)
Eclipse Towers in GTA 5 (left) and Sierra Towers (right)

The Sierra Tower is a skyscraper in Los Angeles made up of 31 stories and features some stunning views of the city.

It is the tallest building in west Hollywood, standing at a height of 120 meters (395 ft).

It is a highly luxurious space due to its design and location, which is why many famous celebrities own apartments in this building.

Sierra Towers location on GTA 5 map
Sierra Towers location on GTA 5 map

The in-game adaptation of this building is known as Eclipse Towers, which, like the real-life version, consists of many expensive apartments and penthouses for the players to buy.

Theme Building

Sightings Bar in GTA 5 (left) and The Theme Building (right)
Sightings Bar in GTA 5 (left) and The Theme Building (right)

The Sightings Bar in GTA V is an iconic structure located near the airport. It is roughly based on the Theme Building in LA.

Theme Building location on GTA 5 map
Theme Building location on GTA 5 map

You can find this building on Exceptionalists Way outside the Los Santos International Airport.

The shape of this building is supposed to represent a flying spaceship, and it even had an in-built restaurant inside it in real life.

However, this restaurant was shut down in 2013, leaving the building completely abandoned.

US Bank Tower

Maze Bank Tower in GTA 5 (left) and US Bank Tower LA (right)
Maze Bank Tower in GTA 5 (left) and US Bank Tower LA (right)

The Maze Bank Tower is perhaps one of the most iconic buildings in GTA V. It is everyone’s favorite office and sniping spot.

Its real-life counterpart is called the US Bank Tower (or the Library Tower).

It’s hard to miss it since it is the tallest building in the game.

US Bank Tower location on GTA 5 map
US Bank Tower location on GTA 5 map

The real-life counterpart of this building is also incredibly tall, standing at the height of 310 meters (1018 ft).

Just like the in-game version, this building also mostly consists of private offices.

Whisky A Go Go

Tequilala in GTA 5 (left) and Whisky A Go Go (right)
Tequilala in GTA 5 (left) and Whisky A Go Go (right)

Whisky A Go Go has been open and functional on Sunset Boulevard for more than half a century.

It first opened in 1964 and has hosted the events of many popular bands and musicians, such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. This nightclub even has its own TV channel!

Whisky A Go Go location on GTA 5 map
Whisky A Go Go location on GTA 5 map

In GTA 5, this location is known as Tequi-la-la and can be found on Eclipse Boulevard.

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It used to be a restaurant operated by the mob, but now it is a nightclub featuring many activities and pastimes for players in both GTA 5 and GTA Online.