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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.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood

    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!

  • Griffith Park

    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.

  • Venice Beach

    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.

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall

    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.

  • Hollywood Sign

    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.

  • The Dolby Theatre

    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.

  • California Science Center

    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?

  • Park La Brea

    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.

  • Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    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.

  • Mulholland Drive

    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?

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

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The tour guide was excellent! He did a wonderful job and is very informative on regards the history of not only the area but Los Angeles in general. He also gave us some very good tips on the Hotspot in LA.

Tour was pretty good but expected a bit more immersive experience, saw everything from afar, with history storytelling. Would have been cool to actually go inside, especially since it was a Halloween tour.

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