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The city of dreams for many, Los Angeles is a golden, palm tree-lined vacation destination packed with sunshine all year round. Aside from the abundance of celebrity sightings, Los Angeles boasts a long list of postcard-worthy beaches, thrilling amusement parks, world-renowned museums, and recognizable movie locations that attract visitors from around the world. There are a lot of activities offered in the largest city in California, so before you head to the vibrant “Golden State” discover the top things to do in Los Angeles, California.
Admire Art at the Getty
Beautiful architecture, unmatched views of LA, and an impressive art collection, The Getty is filled with interesting exhibits and remarkable works of art. Here visitors can explore a variety of European and American paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs in addition to one of the best views over the city.
See the Hollywood Sign
One cannot visit LA without seeing one of the most photographed icons in the world, the Hollywood sign. Visible throughout the city, locals suggest the best spot to grab a photo of the sign is at the nearby Highland shopping mall. Visitors might not know that originally the sign said “Hollywoodland” when it was originally erected back in 1923.
Hike Runyon Canyon Park
A 130-acre park two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is quintessential LA. A great hike for people watching and for views of the Hollywood Hills, here visitors will find a gorgeous perspective of the city at the trail summit known as Cloud’s Rest. Perfect for getting acquainted with The City of Angels, visitors will be able to spot million dollar mansions, the Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Sign from here.
Take in Views of LA at the Griffith Observatory
The king of views, the Griffith Observatory is one of LA’s best. Great for astronomy lovers, visitors can take a peek into one their impressive optical and solar telescopes, observe rotating exhibits, and watch a film on the Observatory from a 200-seat theater. A fantastic cultural attraction, it is equally loved for its sweeping views that reach across the Pacific Ocean to Downtown Los Angeles.
Take A Universal Studios Hollywood Tour
LA is the entertainment capital of the world, so it only makes sense that a visit to the city would include a studio tour. Here visitors will ride a tram through the world’s largest working movie studio and to some of the most popular TV and movie sets in Hollywood, learning behind the scenes information about special effects and other movie making practices. Combine a trip to the theme park with a tour of the premises to get the most value out of your visit.
Walk With the Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
One of the most famous attractions in Hollywood, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must-see. Stretching across 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, visitors can spot some of their favorite celebrities in the 2,500 set of brass stars and signatures that line the street. Pass by Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where you can pose with dressed characters from popular Hollywood movies for a tip.
Soak in the Sunshine at Santa Monica Pier
Iconic from the TV series “Baywatch,” take advantage of the year-round sunshine at this 3-mile beach, perfect for a day of surfing, biking, or strolling the beach. In addition to the pier’s iconic red and yellow Ferris wheel, visitors can explore Pacific Park, an amusement park, and a handful of restaurants and souvenir shops that are sure to keep visitors of all ages entertained.
Learn Something New at the California Science Center
Perfect for kids or kids at heart, the California Science Center holds a variety of interesting and educational exhibits on a range of topics, from the ecosystem to aviation to the solar system. Visitors can explore earthquake-resistance buildings, operate a crash-test dummy, and learn about aerodynamics in a fun environment where hands-on exploration is encouraged.
Explore Beverly Hills & Rodeo Drive
If you’re in town to spot a celebrity, your best chance is to head straight to 90210 and explore the most famous zip code in the world. Considered the epicenter of fashion and luxury lifestyle, stroll down Rodeo Drive to window shop or rub shoulders with celebrities shopping for designer labels in high-end haute couture boutiques.
People watch at Venice Beach
People watching is practically a sport at Venice Beach, where visitors will see a vibrant range of activities and people alongside the famous Ocean Front Walk. Stroll the boardwalk and you’ll find a variety of recreational fitness opportunities with beach volleyball courts, handball courts, and a Skate Dancing plaza among chainsaw jugglers, bodybuilders, and colorful artists.
Visit the Happiest Place on Earth
With an abundance of rides, attractions, and special events, kids and thrill-seekers alike can enjoy a day visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth” in LA’s Disneyland. Meet some of your favorite Disney characters, watch a parade, or catch a glimpse of one of their show-stopping nightly fireworks on display for a memorable day of entertainment and fun.
Party On the Sunset Boulevard
Arguably one of the most famous streets in the city, Sunset Boulevard is quintessential LA with a long and vibrant history littered with iconic landmarks. The Sunset Strip was the setting for counterculture protests in the 60’s, legendary rock and roll in the 70’s and 80’s, and now stands as a destination for live music with world-renowned venues such as the Whisky A Go-Go, Viper Room, and The Roxy.
Shop at the Original Farmers Market & The Grove
Fresh produce, local farmers, and yummy treats, LA’s famous original Farmer’s Market has been around since 1934. An outdoor shopping area with hundreds of food vendors, here visitors will be overwhelmed with the sights and smells of freshly picked flowers, organic produce, meats, gourmet groceries, and bakery items. Adjacent to the market is The Grove, popular for its restaurants, shops, and old-fashioned trolley rides.