The City of Angeles has countless things for visitors to do. Check out our Top 7 picks for when you visit Los Angeles!
1. Walk of fame
Doesn’t it seem odd to be exploring a new city with your nose to the ground? Well, that’s what you’ve got to do if you are strolling along the amazing Walk of Fame! A whole street full of the most famous names in the movie industry, make sure to walk along both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and stand on the same spot where the likes of Steven Spielberg, Michael Jackson, and the one and only Mickey Mouse are honoured with a star.
Make a pit stop by the astonishing Chinese Theatre. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of what has been named a historic-cultural landmark. While you are there, don’t forget to walk around the entrance and place your hands over the handprints of America’s most beloved movie stars. Next door you will find the Dolby Theatre, home of The Oscars.
If you haven’t had enough of celebrities for the day, get the combo Hop-on Hop-off 24/48 hours & Madame Tussauds and visit life-size figures of your favourite stars. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
2. Beverly Hills
Shop, dine, and enjoy the many luxury hotels Beverly Hills features. Just 5.7 square miles, this small town offers many interesting things to do starting from the Beverly Hills Gardens, the park featuring the Beverly Hills sign and one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Feel like Julia Roberts in the iconic film Pretty Woman walking down the most exclusive shopping area in Southern California on Rodeo Drive, also known as “The Golden Triangle”. From Armani to Gucci to Coco Chanel, you will find yourself with countless high-end designer stores and pass by the most amazing cars driving down this fabulous street.
In case Rodeo Drive is out of your reach, we will take you to The Beverly Center, a shopping mall that features brands from Louis Vuitton and Prada to Forever 21.
3. Santa Monica & Venice Beach
You cannot go to Los Angeles and not visit two of the country’s most famous beaches. Situated one next to the other, Santa Monica and Venice Beach offer plenty of activities and sights for the whole family to enjoy.
Get there by using the Hop-on Hop-off Hollywood & City Sightseeing yellow line or green line. Visit Santa Monica’s Pier featuring cafes, novelty shops, and street performers, along with the Pacific Park which offers many entertaining rides, midway games, and souvenir shops.
As for Venice Beach, you will find it way more different than any other beach you have been to. Walking along the boardwalk, you will run into t-shirts and souvenir stores, arts and crafts vendors, and many street performers.
What people usually do in this fascinating place is rent a bike, enjoy the California sun and visit the Muscle Beach gym and the Venice Skate Park.
You probably wouldn’t think of Downtown Los Angeles when asked about the landmarks of the city, but once you visit it you’ll be more than impressed. Rich with historic architecture and cultural attractions, this neighbourhood features massive skyscrapers, expansive green spaces, and many beautiful buildings, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Downtown LA is well-known for its different districts, such as the Fashion District, for bargain clothes, textiles, and accessories; the Arts District, full of murals, street art, studios, and galleries; and The Broadway Theatre District named for the first and largest historic theatre district with twelve movie theatres.
Some buildings you cannot miss are Union Station, the Cathedral, and City Hall. For an amazing panoramic view of the city we suggest you go on top of the City Hall and OUE Skyspace LA.
Last but not least, visit Downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Full of colourful streets, you will find many great Chinese restaurants, shops, art galleries and many historical buildings to visit.
5. Griffith Observatory
This place is perfect for admiring stunning views of the whole city but you will also enjoy the building where you are standing at. Probably one of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory offers many interesting attractions, such as the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Presentation Theatre, which shows “The Once and Future Griffith Observatory” film every hour, telescopes, the Gunther Depths of Space featuring intriguing displays of the universe, and the star of the Observatory, The Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
Featured in numerous famous films like Rebel Without a Cause, The Terminator, or La La Land, the Griffith Observatory has become one of the city’s must-see attractions and definitely worth a visit.
6. Sunset Strip
Even after many changes over the years, the Sunset Strip has always preserved that bohemian essence and atmosphere of the artists that characterize it. The fact that it is located between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, makes it a place frequented by movie stars.
You will run into some nightclubs, such as The Whisky a Go Go or The Roxy, both offering concerts and parties almost every day of the week; The Viper Room, which was owned by Johnny Depp; or The Rainbow Bar & Grill, the scene of many music videos. Walking along the outskirts of the Sunset Strip you will find the Chateau Marmont, one of the city’s best hotels preserving old Hollywood glamour.
7. Farmers Market and The Grove
These are two must-see destinations while in Los Angeles for reasons such as the wide offer of dining, shopping and entertainment options. The main spot of The Grove is a landscaped park which features a dancing fountain choreographed to the music of famous artists. This place also hosts live musical entertainment.
It’s the perfect place for a group of picky eaters who will have many options to choose from before going shopping or to the movies.