Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood status and is the entertainment capital of the world. This city is made up of many cultures and brings people from all over the world to explore its different attractions.
Los Angeles collects dreams for visitors in many places. It’s where downtown flourishes with skyscrapers and restaurants, Hollywood entertains with remembrances of movies past, Beverly Hills impress with wealth, and Santa Monica caresses with warm sands and cooling ocean waves.
Los Angeles, initially a settlement of just 44 Spanish missionaries, is now the second most populated city in the U.S. This mecca of palm trees, high fashion, and stardom sprawls from the San Fernando Valley down to the Hollywood Hills, Venice Beach, and South L.A.
All told, it encompasses almost 500 square miles of diverse topography, varied culture, and memorable attractions. Here are some top things to do in Los Angeles.
No trip to southern California is complete without a stop in Hollywood. Tinseltown is once again attracting celebrities and other trendsetters with new chic restaurants, clubs, and boutiques.
Perennial attractions include Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame, and Griffith Park. Popular museums in the area include Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Hollywood Wax Museum, which lets visitors pose with Elvis Presley and other stars.
Here are our picks for the top attractions and things to do and see in Los Angeles, California:
Walk of Fame
The walk of fame will allow you to experience your favourite Hollywood celebrity stars. Their names are displayed with a star. This is a unique opportunity to walk where many celebrity have walked before.
After the walk of fame, why not take an adventure in the Theme parks. Whether it’s Disneyland, Universal Studios, or California Adventure or why not all three?
At the Universal Studios you will experience a thrilling Theme Park rides and shows, a real movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at City Walk.
This is a great place for family vacation or maybe a vacation with friends. It’s ideal for couples who want to have a great adventure together.
This is where the history of Los Angeles comes alive. Your vacation would not be the same without a visit to Olvera Street to get a unique experience of the historic roots of Los Angeles. Get a taste of the Mexican heritage which is celebrated on this street.
J. Paul Getty Museum or Getty Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum also called the Getty Museum is one that is located on two campuses. Namely the Brentwood campus and the Pacific Palisades museum, now renamed “Getty Villa”.
The Brentwood museum carries a wide range of collection which features Western art from the middle Ages to the present. Whilst the Pacific Palisades museum displays art from ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.
Griffith Park and Observatory
Take some time to walk the park and observe nature at its best. Then simply take a view at the stars in the Galaxy. It is an amazing experience.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The exterior of the building is beautifully designed with great architectural work and this sentiments echoes the feeling from inside as the music is just has beautiful on the inside.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles. LACMA is on Museum Row, adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States.
The collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, are housed in a vast 20-acre complex of buildings. The focal point is the BP Grand Entrance, which includes the stunning installation of Chris Burden’s Urban Light.
Los Angeles has some of the most beautiful beaches, so while you are visiting, take a stop at the top ten beaches in the city:
- The Getaway: Leo Carrillo State Beach
- The Hopeless Romantic: El Matador Beach
- The Surf Spot: Malibu Surf rider Beach
- The Classic Stretch of Sand: Santa Monica Beach
- The People Watcher: Venice Beach
- Manhattan Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Cabrillo Beach
- Newport Beach
- Marina del Rey
The famous Rodeo drive is known for its luxury, fashion and lifestyle. Therefore on your visit, be sure to take a stop on this drive know for its elegance.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Take a visit to the Zoo to see your favourite animals and explore and discover new knowledge about over 250 species of animal at the Zoo. Also take a journey through the Botanical gardens, ideal for the entire family.