Top 10 Attractions to Visit in LA

There is more to Los Angeles than going out star gazing. The odds are you won’t see anyone famous during your visit but you never know you may just get lucky. But in the mean time you can always do some other things as LA has a lot to offer. Read on to learn more…

Top LA Attractions
1. Hollywood

This is probably the most famous attraction of the city, as it was the cultural centre for movie studios and famous actors. Unfortunately today there is only one movie studio to be found in Hollywood and most Hollywood stars have residents elsewhere. Despite this there is much to see in the area before you move on.

There is the Hollywood Sign, though you can’t get all the way there, you can get close and snap a photo in front of it.

Next there is the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd, which consists of a street lined with stars embedded on the footpath commemorating famous actors, directors and movies. There are over two thousand now so you can walk along and try spot ones you know.

Located about half way along this street is the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Former site of the Oscars, it is also the location of the cement footprints (including a big one with all the original cast of Star Trek).

Also on Hollywood Blvd is the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

2. Disneyland Park
Located in Anaheim just outsider the city, Disneyland is a must visit for any family travelling together. The park is split into 3 sections: Disneyland Park, Disneys California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Park is the first and original Disney land park that was opened in 1955. Many attractions have been added over the years and today there are 57 attractions in the park more than any other Disney park in the country. There are too many rides to mention but they are most aimed at families so bring the kiddies and have a great day out.

Disneys California Adventure was opened in 2001 and has since become a huge hit. While the park is still family friendly they park is definitely more focused on the older crowd such as teenagers and young adults. There are many roller coaster and high adrenaline rides.

Downtown Disney is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area, themed after a garden walk. It is mostly designed for grown ups as there are no rides or other attractions that would entertain a younger audience.

3. Venice Beach
This was originally the idea of Abbott Kinney who was seeking to recreate the famous Italian city of Venice in Los Angeles. Unfortunately the idea didn’t work out and most of the canals were filled in and made into streets but some of the original canals still exist.

There is also the Beach which is probably the main reason to come here. The beach itself is very popular with surfers and swimmers alike as well as anyone who would just like to lounge on the sand and soak up some rays. There is also the boardwalk which has all sorts of eclectic shops and street vendors.

You can also find Muscle Beach here as well which is an outdoor gym filled with obscenely huge bodybuilders.

4. Universal Studios Hollywood
Another Theme Park that is full of rides that were inspired by the movies. It is also one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use. Some of the rides based on movies you can come across includes Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons Ride, Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, T2 3-D: Battle Across Time and Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride.

Other popular features is the Universal’s Animal Actors, where you can see many of the highly trained animals that feature in movies and tv shows; and the Studio Tour, where you can learn how movies are made and actually ‘take part’ as extras is some special effects sequences such as Earthquake: The Big One and others.

5. The Beaches
While Los Angeles enjoys a lot of sunshine, the waters off the coast tend to be fairly cool as they come in off the Pacific Ocean. The beaches of Los Angeles are hard to beat and an excellent area to visit during your holiday. Some of the most popular beaches include Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. The beach scene and the amusement park at Santa Monica Beach and Pier are also popular.

6. Knotts Berry Farm
Starting from humble origins, Knotts Berry Farm has gone from being a simple restaurant with a trademark Boysenberry Pie in the 1930s; to growing into one of the most popular amusements parks in the state of California. The first attraction to be added to the park, the Ghost Town & Calico Railroad, is still in operation over 50 years later.

Other notable rides in the park include Supreme Scream, world’s tallest free-fall-type attraction (95 metres tall); Perilous Plunge, world’s tallest and steepest water chute ride (39 metres tall; 78 degrees); and the Xcelerator; world’s first hydraulically-launched roller coaster.

7. The Queen Mary
The RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that is now permanently moored to at Long Beach near LA. It is now a museum and hotel and totally worth a look. Much of the interior of the ship was gutted to make room for the museum and restaurants. The ship celebrated its 70th anniversary of its maiden voyage in 2006. 

8. Six Flags Magic Mountain
This is located close to Santa Clarita which is located some 50kms north of LA. The Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park is one of the largest roller coaster parks in the world. This park is mostly aimed at teenagers and older, though there are a handful of rides suitable for people shorter than 48″. Located next door is Hurricane Harbour which is dedicated to water park rides.

9. Getty Center
The Getty Center is located in Brentwood to the east of LA city centre. Here you can find the J. Paul Getty Museum which features a permanent collection of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and decorative arts; and there are also 19th and 20th century American and European photographs.

10. Rodeo Drive and other shopping destinations
Rodeo Drive is a small shopping area found in Beverly Hills on the west side of LA. The street is famed for its designer label boutiques and haute couture fashion shops. For more reasonable options you could try visiting one of the many malls.

The main malls to visit include Hollywood & Highland mall, located close to Hollywood Blvd; the Grove, at Farmers Market; the Beverly Center, which is an 8-storey mall which offer great views over the city from the food court; Larchmont Blvd., which features many one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Getting around LA is not a huge hassle and while the public transport system is fairly competent most of the main attractions are not located close to the main public transport routes. If you want to get a rental car you can see all our options on our Los Angeles car rental page.

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