Well-known for its entertainment industry and Hollywood stars, Los Angeles is a diverse city that offers plenty of sightseeing options including museums, galleries, shopping malls, and parks. The climate is great all-year-round and tourist like to come here to chill on the beach or explore interesting neighborhoods. Hop right in and check out our list of top things to do in Los Angeles.
- Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier is a favorite spot for many tourists and locals. It has a giant Ferris wheel and offers plenty of shopping options including high-end boutiques and vintage shops. You can rent a bike and go along the 26-mile path or check out the street performers, skateboarders, and surfers riding the waves.
- Visit the Getty Center
Designed by Richard Meier and located on a hilltop, the Getty Center is a large building that houses an amazing collection of drawings, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, and 20th-century photography. Opened in 1997, this fabulous building also has a campus with beautiful gardens and fountains. To beat the large crowds of visitors, make sure to come early in the morning and check out this uniquely designed building.
- Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a working movie studio with a theme park that attracts thousands of visitors each day and offers guided tours of Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros studios. The main attraction is usually the awesome rides that vary from roller coasters to simulators. Check out the sets for movies and shows such as The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, and Simpsons and don’t forget to visit the famous City Walk which is an entertainment area with theaters and food stalls.
- Griffith Observatory and Park
With panoramic views of the city, Griffith Observatory is famous for its Zeiss telescope that offers views of different planets and the moon. There are also three solar telescopes from which visitors can watch the sun. Since you are in the area, make sure to go to the famous Griffith Park. It is the largest park in California that spreads over 400 acres of land and includes a Greek Theater with 4000 seats, several tennis courts, a few golf courses, and a Zoo.
- Walk of Fame
Carved on the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, Walk of Fame is dedicated to some of the most popular Hollywood stars. The list of the famous people includes a number of directors, musicians, actors, and other important stars from TV shows, movies, recordings, and theatre performances. This tradition started back in the 60’s and today there are over 2,500 stars on the Hollywood sidewalk.
- California Science Center
Housing the Space Shuttle Endeavour, California Science Center features a few exhibits that focus on technology, ecosystems, and the living world. See the 188,000-gallon kelp tank or go to the Discovery Room that has interactive displays designed for children. You can also check out the space shuttle and hear a thing or two about the people who are involved in the program. The good news is that the entrance to the California Science Center is free of charge.
- Staples Center
No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to the famous Staples Center. It is a multi-purpose sports arena located in downtown LA that is considered being one of the finest venues for sports events and music performances in the world. Home to Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, Staples Center has a capacity to welcome around 20, 000 spectators. Besides sports events, this amazing arena also hosts live performances by the biggest music stars including the Rolling Stones, Madonna, The Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Janet Jackson and many others. Grammy awards were held also at the Staples Center a couple of times. Make sure to check out the latest news and information about the events at the Staples Center beforehand, since tickets for events need to be purchased weeks and on some occasion’s even months ahead.
- Petersen Automotive Museum
What makes Petersen Automotive Museum different from other automobile museums is the rotation of exhibit spaces inside the building. The thing is that the entire collection was not displayed in the beginning, and the museums decided to keep the museum fresh by rotating the exhibits. Spread across 100,000 square feet, Petersen Automotive Museum features around 150 vehicles at one time. The other part of the collection is located in the museum’s vault. Because of its high-end setting, this place is also used for a number of celebrations including weddings, conferences, product launches, and corporate parties.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The largest art museum on the West Coast, Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses over 120,000 pieces and includes an amazing collection of Latin American, Islamic, and Asian art. It consists of several huge buildings that were designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. In order to visit all of them, you will probably need a whole day or two, but this fabulous museum is definitely something you should consider visiting while in Los Angeles.
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Featuring permanent exhibits such as African mammals and birds and butterfly and spider pavilions, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located in Exposition Park and attracts thousands of tourists each and every day. Make sure to check out the Dinosaur Hall with a two-level layout that includes skeletal remains. Don’t forget to visit the impressive room with a fantastic collection of minerals.