Are you traveling to Los Angeles? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Los Angeles as a tourist!
If you are heading to the downtown area, make sure to check out this list of things to do in downtown LA.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The famous Walk of Fame is one of the largest and most popular attractions in Los Angeles. People come here to go on the sidewalks of the streets; Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, to see the celebrity street stones. Bring the entire family and find your favorite stars stones.
In Hollywood, you can also find some of the coolest murals in Los Angeles.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Go to Universal Studios Hollywood and feel like a kid again. Visit the film inspired amusement park and ride Jurassic Park The Ride, visit Gru’s house from Despicable Me, and much more.
One tip is to purchase VIP tickets that give you an exclusive stay or buy Front of Line Ticket that gives you priority in the queues to the various attractions. If you fall in love with Universal, consider visiting Universal Studios Orlando as well
Santa Monica Bay
From Malibu to the South Bay, one will find some of the best beaches in Southern California. For the best summer experience, visit the two-mile-long Santa Monica Beach. The famous Santa Monica Pier is also a must to visit and a great place to spend a day in Los Angeles.
Here you can visit the theme park Pacific Park and ride the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, which offers spectacular views of the coast. There are lots of things to do in Santa Monica.
Also read: Things to do in Oceanside California
Griffith Park provides the absolute best view of Los Angeles, and also the famous Hollywood sign. The park is a great spot if you seek some peace and quiet from lively Los Angeles. Here there are plenty of hiking and running trails, picnic areas and playgrounds for the small ones.
Something that you cannot miss is the Griffith Observatory, which is a free museum with exhibits of physics and space – and the view from the observatory is not too bad either!
Runyon Canyon Park
If you want to see a different side of Hollywood, then you should go to Runyon Canyon Park, which is one of the best and most popular hiking areas in Los Angeles. Only two blocks from the bustling Hollywood Boulevard lies Runyon Canyon, a park that’s well known for its celebrity-scouting, its large dog park, and great hiking/running trails.
Just below the hill up to the park lies several popular attractions such as the Hollywood & Highland Centre, TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Museum.
Cheesecake Factory is a fun restaurant located in the cozy neighborhood of The Groove. As the name suggests, here they serve delicious cheesecakes – but, they also serve other nice dishes of a high standard.
It’s a must to visit the Cheesecake Factory at least once during your stay since it’s such a famous and big food chain in the United States. If you cannot eat everything on your plate, just ask them for a doggy bag!
The Grove is a cozy shopping area in Beverly Hills that’s set up like a small town. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants to stroll around in a couple of hours. Down on the corner of The Grove, you will find the Farmers Market, also known for its shops, candy, and food.
Getty Centre is a popular museum that offers a stunning view of Los Angeles. There’s much to see here, from stunning architecture to great collections of art from different eras. Gauguin and van Gogh are two of the many artists whose art can be seen in the Getty Centre.Besides beautiful architecture and world-class art, they also have a nice garden.
Admission to the museum is free, but it costs to get up by train and if you want to park your car.
The Hollywood Sign
What isn’t more typical L.A. than hiking up to the famous Hollywood sign? This sign is really nothing spectacular to see, but it’s a fun thing to do since it’s famous worldwide. The best thing about this place is the challenging walk up to the top and also the amazing views you’ll be greeted with when you’ve reached the top. Next to the Hollywood sign lies a nice park, which is perfect for a picnic.
One tip is to wear comfortable shoes and bring one or two bottles of water since the hike can be pretty exhausting if you walk during the day.
Right in the center of Los Angeles lies the famous Staples Center. Staples Center is home to the Los Angeles Kings, Clippers, and Lakers, and here people come to watch sports events and concerts all year round. Around the center, there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars varying in price and flavors.
If you’re a real sports freak, then you shouldn’t miss out on seeing one of the home teams play!