Things to Do in Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles has everything for everyone. Irrespective of what your heart desires, you can be rest assured of finding it here. After all, the city that is home to Hollywood is sure to have all sorts of sights and attractions, from the most beautiful ones to the queerest ones. Need examples? Well, how about magnificent ocean views, romantic beaches, exhilarating sporting outdoor activities, breathtaking drives, world class shopping, world famous amusement parks, art, culture or natural beauty? While you try to sift through the thousands of things to see and do, we have created a small list of things to do in Los Angeles that you simply cannot miss out on, irrespective of whether you’re in the city for a couple of days, a week, a fortnight or a month.
Hollywood always has been and always will be the biggest lure for travelers visiting Los Angeles. And when you have things like the Dolby Theatre (home to the Oscars), Madame Tussauds Hollywood (home to all lifelike wax models of all your favorite stars) and street performers impersonating your favorite Hollywood actors and actresses, it is very difficult to think of anything else. Oh, don’t forget, attractions like the Hollywood Museum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Musso & Frank Grill and W Hollywood are also located in Los Angeles.
Downtown Los Angeles
The main attraction in Downtown Los Angeles is definitely the Disney Hall. Whether you’re in love with Frank Gehry’s architectural wonder or simply want to check out beautiful Disney performances, the Disney Hall is definitely worth a watch. Other exciting attractions in the downtown area include the Angels Flight Railway, Bradbury Building, Staples Center, Grammy Museum and the Grand Central Market.
The Griffith Observatory is a 1935 landmark that boasts of being the most advanced star projector in the world. The Camera Obscura, located on the main floor of the observatory is extremely popular, as is the Zeist Telescope that is placed on the east side of the roof. While the Zeist Telescope primarily concentrates on the vistas offered by Hollywood hills, there are additional telescopes for those interested in stargazing. And a trip to the Planetarium is a must.
The Getter Center is home to all sorts of European drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and decorative arts. This Richard Meier designed building is equally famous for its architecture as well. However, if you’re on the lookout for something more scenic, take the tram ride up to the hill to get rewarded with some of the most fascinating city views that San Francisco has to offer.
El Matador Beach
The more popular Venice Beach might be the first choice for many tourists, but it tends to become quite chaotic and noisy. If you’re looking for the ultimate beach experience in Los Angeles, head over to the El Matador Beach. The beach is affectionately called a “pocket beach” because of its small size. What makes it so popular is that it is extremely picturesque and is mostly secluded. The El Matador Beach is an ideal option for anyone interested in romantic walks, body-surfing or swimming.
California Science Center
The California Science Center is believed to be the most popular museum in Southern California. It is home to the world famous Space Shuttle Endevour and also offers its visitors with more than 100 interactive exhibits. The Ecosystems exhibit – an interactive exhibit that is home to more than 400 plant and animal species – is believed to be the most famous permanent exhibit at the museum. Don’t forget to sample the astronaut food at the gift store.
Any trip to Los Angeles is incomplete without checking out the Rodeo Drive. Come on. Don’t tell us that you haven’t dreamt of shopping like Julia Roberts on Rodeo Drive. The Rodeo Drive might be the epitome of style and luxury, but the prices of the goods and items found here might be such that window shopping would seem to be a better option. And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the Two Rodeo walkway or the Anderson Court, the only mall designed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright.
Natural History Museum
Kids can marvel at the gigantic dinosaur remains in the Dinosaur Hall, but adults can also have a blast at the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion. And apart from offering some of the most beautiful natural specimens, the museum also offers music and dance nights for adults.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood doesn’t need any introduction. Considered to be the best Universal Studios theme parks by many, Universal Studios Hollywood offers guests with some of the most interesting exhibits such as Jurassic Park, Whoville and Jaws. Despite these interesting exhibits, the Studio Tour (narrated by Jimmy Fallon) remains to be the most legendary attraction of Univeral Studios Hollywood.
Santa Monica Pier
Southern California has always been associated with a beautiful weather, exotic palm trees, beachy surroundings and breathtaking ocean views. The Santa Monica Pier is one place in the city that might have it all. It is an ideal place for people of all types. You can access nearby beaches, stroll along Ocean Avenue, delight your taste buds with unique cocktails and cuisines, check out the magnificent mountain views from the Ferris Wheel or enjoy live outdoor concerts here. There’s a lot of shopping to be done at the Third Street Promenade (a multi-block outdoor shopping mall) as well.
A drive along the Sunset Strip is one of the best ways to drive through the grandeur of Los Angeles. Sunset Strip is considered to be the most famous stretch of the Sunset Boulevard. Its beautiful curves that are lined with enigmatic billboards and exotic nightclubs make it one of the most visually appealing icons of the city.