Top attractions in Los Angeles
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.
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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?
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 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?
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- 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
Our day started off by not getting there on time. I called ahead to let them know that we weren't going to be there in time and they were kind enough to move us to the next tour. Our driver (George) made the tour so enjoyable. He took the time to meet everyone and introduce them to each other. He remembered everyone's name and mentioned everyone by name throughout the tour. We had so much fun. We got to see many star's homes and traveled along Mulholland Dr, Rodeo Dr, Route 66, Beverly Hills and much more. It was well worth the cost of the tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the area up close and personal.
We completed this hunt with a 7, 10 and 13 year old and they loved it! The clues were at a great level where all could participate. It took us 2-2.5 hours to complete it since we, as parents, were committed to not helping them but allowing them the joy of figuring it out on their own. It was a great way to see parts of downtown LA!
Our guide Erik was fantastic! So friendly, outgoing and informative! He didn’t mind us having to stop and take breaks . The hike itself was beautiful. We could see the entire city of LA and were able to take some pretty awesome pictures..would definitely recommend this place
Cam was a great pilot and extremely knowledgeable! Could not have asked for a better first time helicopter ride experience! We will be recommending this tour to all friends and family that visit the area.
We saw mama and baby whale. Some sea lions at the end of the tour. We had the captain named Harry, who was very interactive and did a good job explaining everything and helped us spotting the whales.