Los Angeles is one of the most exciting cities in the world, so when someone asks “What is there to see and do in Los Angeles?” it’s hard not to respond “What’s isn’t there to see and do???” The best way to see the most when visiting LA is to plan ahead: the city is large, and many attractions require a full-day excursion. Which of the sites and activities will you experience when you visit LA?
What To See and Do in Los Angeles
The main attractions in Los Angeles are Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios, the Getty Center, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Beach, and Venice Beach.
They say Disneyland is “where all your dreams come true” . . . come find out! Disneyland began as a small park in Anaheim, but it has grown into a huge amusement park with rides, restaurants, hotels, parades, and other attractions. The park also has California Adventure, which is next to the original Disneyland park and has even more rides.
Hollywood Boulevard is a large street in Los Angeles that is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has more than 2,600 stars on the sidewalk with names of famous people. Roughly 10 million people visit the Walk of Fame each year! While you are there, find your favorite actor, director, or musician and take a photo next to their star.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and a theme park in one! It is located in Universal City, California (a part of Los Angeles that is owned by Universal Pictures, which is a major film-making company).
Decades ago, the studio began giving tours to the public. When this was successful, the studio decided to expand and build a theme park. Most visitors begin by taking the Studio Tour, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at film sets like Jaws and Jurassic Park, before seeing the attractions. The attractions include a Harry Potter exhibit, a Simpsons-themed area with rides, and a (scary!) walking attraction based on The Walking Dead.
See some incredible art in a beautiful place . . . for free! The Getty Center is famous for its architecture, its gardens, and its beautiful views of Los Angeles. The Center includes the Getty Museum, which has Vincent Van Gogh’s beautiful painting, Irises, and numerous sculptures, photographs, and paintings. More than 1.8 million visitors see the Center’s gardens and artwork each year.
Rodeo Drive is a two-mile road in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. It is famous for its high-end designer stores. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Rodeo Drive: it’s a beautiful street, and taking pictures is free!
It is difficult to say which beach in Los Angeles is the most beautiful, but Santa Monica might be the #1 choice for many: it has a beautiful pier and a Ferris wheel! Santa Monica is known for its very large beach and soft white sand. Visitors can easily spend a day riding bikes, walking along the water, swimming, and relaxing.
Santa Monica might be one of the most beautiful beaches in LA, but Venice Beach might be the most entertaining! Venice Beach is known for its free-spirited, bohemian atmosphere: the fun shops, street performers, vibrant murals, and packed skate parks all add to its Southern California/beach feel.
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