Los Angeles: a city as iconic as the stars who live there. Not only is it the legendary home of entertainment, but it’s also home to some of the most well-known landmarks in America. It’s also the second-largest city in the US by population. And LA gets an average of 284 days of sun each year.
You’ve probably got some must-sees on your list, but I hope this list will give you a few more ideas for a fun and memorable trip to Los Angeles.
1. Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park
Whether you knew what it was or not, chances are that you’ve seen the Griffith Observatory in movies and on TV before. La La Land is the movie that comes to my mind. A popular filming location, the Griffith Observatory not only offers panoramic views of Los Angeles but also has a huge planetarium and free telescopes you can use at night.
2. Hollywood Walk of Fame
If you want to see your favorite “stars” up close, head for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is where you can see the handprints and signatures of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The LACMA is both fun and educational. It’s the largest art museum in the western United States. The museum has hosted countless famous and up-and-coming artists and showcases a wide variety of art, history, and culture from all over the world.
4. Santa Monica Pier
Los Angeles has the best of both worlds when it comes to the beach and the mountains. For a fun afternoon along the Pacific Ocean, head for the Santa Monica Pier, which features beautiful views, an amusement park, and excellent seafood restaurants. You can take a walk along the beach, dip your toes in the ocean, and then go for a ride on the Ferris wheel.
5. Original Farmers Market and The Grove
Just south of West Hollywood is the original LA farmers market. Founded in 1934, the market provides fresh produce plus specialty food vendors and restaurants that offer ready-to-eat snacks. Both locals and tourists frequent this beloved market. Adjacent to the Original Farmers Market, you’ll find The Grove, a retail and entertainment complex.
6. Paramount Pictures Studio
If you want to get up close to all the movie-making action, take a tour of the Paramount Studios. As the fifth oldest studio in the world and the largest in LA, you can learn about the magic of the movies from behind the scenes.
7. Rodeo Drive
Are you ready to do some shopping? If so, head for the legendary Rodeo Drive. Even if you’re just window shopping, you’ll be mesmerized by all of the glamorous stores that line the streets.
8. Hollywood Sign
I don’t think there’s anything more iconic about Los Angeles than the Hollywood Sign. Many visitors want to see the 45-foot-tall letters up close and get a sweeping view of the city.
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