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Top attractions 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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- Although packed with tourists, the summer months are best for warm beach weather and outdoor activities!
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I advise people who want to visit L.A to buy this pass. To save time and money. Each can schedule in terms of points of his own interest. The 7 days is better. For more Attractions. Then using it within 2 weeks, which gives to the visitor more time to do a break and doing other personal things. The bad point, the guide does, t tell you how to get there. It would be more helpful if we know where the attraction is. The best way to gather all which are in the same area.
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.
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!!!
Our tour guide, Dave, was outstanding. Full of information, anecdotes and fun, and a great driver safely navigating the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If you fancy a short tour I would highly recommend this and get a glimpse of the homes and lifestyles of the rich and famous.
This is a great activity to add to your vacation in California. It’s for people of all ages and there is so much to see. We spent about 2 hours there with teens.