Whether you’re a foodie, celebrity stalker, beach bum, or shopaholic, there’s something on this list for everyone! Keep reading to find out the top 5 things to do in LA!
No matter how short your trip to LA may be, a trip to the Griffith Observatory is non-negotiable for anyone new to the city. This scenic viewpoint is a high point in the Hollywood Hills where you can see a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walking around the park is free, but you’ll have to pay a small fee to go inside the planetarium. This spot is a perfect photo of the city and the famous Hollywood sign!
If it’s your first trip to LA, you’ve got to take a picture with the Hollywood sign. It’s an international landmark, and it’s basically a non-negotiable part of your vacation. For a beautiful view of the city AND the sign, head to the Griffith Observatory or the Hollywood restaurant Yamashiro. If you want to get a close-up shot of the Hollywood sign, drive up Beachwood Drive.
Santa Monica is definitely a favorite of tourists and local alike. Santa Monica beach is the perfect Los Angeles destination. You can have a typical tourist experience by exploring the Santa Monica Pier or enjoy a peaceful bike ride on the beach’s bike path. Santa Monica also offers shops of every kind and amazing restaurants, there's no reason not to visit 3rd street promenade, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day!
Originally founded in 1905 as a beachfront resort, Venice is the ultimate place to chill, whether you’re sunbathing, shopping, or sightseeing- and you’ll find everything from an amusement pier, miniature steam railroad, boutiques, coffee bars, art galleries and more. Explore the Venice Canals and boardwalk.
You can't go to Hollywood without visiting the Walk of Fame. I wouldn't suggest that you walk the entire length of the street, because that would take forever and would get quite boring. Instead, look up your favorite celebs and the locations of their stars, and take a pic when you get there!
Also located on Hollywood Boulevard is the TCL Chinese Theatre, a historic cinema which hosts movie premieres and immortalizes hand prints and footprints of movie stars from around the world, and the Hollywood & Highland mall.
Take some time to spend a day at the beach and visit Marina del Rey. Drive down Sunset Boulevard during the sunset is quite picturesque and don't leave without doing some window shopping at Rodeo Drive. If you have some extra time go for a little house hunting.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
LACMA ~ Hike behind the Hollywood sign ~ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Night~ Runyon Canyon ~ Universal Studios ~ Disneyland ~ Madame Tussaud ~Walt Disney Concert Hall ~The Broad Museum ~ Catalina Island ~ Chinatown ~Long Beach.
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