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Top 10 things to see in Los Angeles

Culture, nightlife, sun, sand, and the Hollywood Hills, L.A. has it all. But as the second largest city in the U.S. knowing what to do on a trip here can be a little daunting. Here are our top ten attractions to help you see the city at its best.

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood

Of course the world-famous film studio and theme park is on the list. Make sure to book your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets early so as not to be disappointed!

Griffith Park

Griffith Park

For a little bit of greenery away from the roar of the city, head to Griffith Park. One of the largest urban parks in North America, you can spend the day hiking or just relaxing.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

When in L.A., how could you not head to the Venice Beach to take in the sights and sounds? Spend some time relaxing on the sand or enjoying live music and street performers.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most spectacular concert halls in the world, both for the sound and the architechtural design.

Hollywood Sign
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Hollywood Sign

No trip to L.A. would be complete without seeing the Hollywood Sign. And of course you should get a holiday snap with the hills behind you. Go on, everyone does it.

The Dolby Theatre
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The Dolby Theatre

The famous Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is home to many red carpet events and is an important part of L.A.'s celebrity culture. A definite stop to make on any sightseeing tour.

California Science Center
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California Science Center

Why not take a tour at the California Science Center one of the best science museums on the planet and expand your knowledge of the world, the universe, and everything else?

Park La Brea
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Park La Brea

In the mood to spot celebrities? Go for a wander through Park La Brea. This housing complex is home to a number of famous people and offers insight into how the other half lives.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

If you're craving some wildlife, then make a stop at Los Angeles Zoo one of the most impressive zoos in the world. And of course a stroll through the Botanical Gardens wouldn't hurt either.

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

Head along at dusk for spectacular and inspiring views of the San Fernando Valley from Mulholland Drive. One of L.A.'s top attractions is the view of the city itself.

Planning Your Los Angeles Visit

When to visit Los Angeles?

The best time to visit the city is in the summer. From June into September there's plenty for tourists to do. Perfect beach weather and good temperatures all day long.

How to get around?

Los Angeles has a good public transport system for some of the city, but not all of it. In the more tourist-friendly areas, you can hop on and off of metro buses, DASH buses, and metro rail trains. But if you want to see the city for yourself and cover more ground around the beach areas, why not rent a car?

Where to stay?

If you're looking for somewhere that's not too expensive, then head to the downtown area. You'll find some great hotels that are well-connected to the city, but not so close to some attractions. West Hollywood is another good, but more expensive choice. Or why not book a stay at the beach in Santa Monica?

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Although packed with tourists, the summer months are best for warm beach weather and outdoor activities!

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What people are saying about Los Angeles

Great visit but should have been longer and would prefer to wait more

if you want to see LA in one day it is the bes (i had a long lay over in the city) so I decided to make this tour. It was a great decision knowing I saw a LOT of thing. I would’ve probably not be able to do it by myself ( I would have to rent a car, find parking spot, pay for the gaz...) Which would have been more expensive than the tour. If you have more free time an LA I would suggest you to do it by yourself to fully enjoy the moment and take your time to walk around most of the sites. But if you are in a rush, it pretty great.

Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by midrine, 06/17/2019

Great flight, terrible customer service.

Communication from the flight place was disgraceful. They changed our time from early morning to afternoon two days before. Also added 20% ‘gratuity’ that had to be paid or they would cancel. The actual flight was great and our pilot (Chris) was brilliant and gave loads of good updates as we flew. It’s a shame the company didn’t have his very relaxed and customer friendly attitude.

Tour guide great but the company should ensure equipment is working.

English Alan was fun and knowledgeable. We liked him!!! He struggled with the head mic as the equipment was failing. We paid the on line price while others paid up to $30 less, made us feel taken advantage of and in the end the equipment was not sufficient. Nathan who organized us all was also awesome!!!

Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/16/2019

A fun way to see the city of LA in a day

I enjoyed the day. The guide Alex was knowledgable and good company. My mistake was not hiring an electric bike as 7 hrs in the LA sun on a push bike is harder than you think!

Los Angeles: LA in a Day Bike Adventure Reviewed by Grant, 07/05/2019

Excellent way to see LA from the air. Pilot was great

Pilot (Austin) was great. He took us to see some other sites along the way and we were more excited about those. He was also very informative about the area. Well worth it.

15-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour Reviewed by Stewart, 04/26/2019