When America comes to one’s mind, one of the first places people think of is California, specifically Los Angeles. LA, the United States’ second most populous city and California’s first, spans over 503 square-miles and is home to 3.976 million people. There isn’t any reason why someone wouldn’t think of Los Angeles, as it is one of the most iconic cities in the entire country. Sunny LA has emerged as the world’s entertainment capital, as it’s home to many world famous production studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal, and Warner Brothers, making it a premier travel destination for folks everywhere.
LA is home to countless iconic attractions, from the unforgettable Hollywood sign pitched high up for all to see, to the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, which displays different celebrities’ hand and footprints, and the nearby star-embedded Walk of Fame which honors thousands of stars who have left an impact in the entertainment industry. Given LA’s large size, there’s never a shortage of places to explore and adventures to experience. Southern California offers something fun for everyone in the family. If you’re visiting this behemoth of a city for the first time, don’t be alarmed! We’ve put together of must-see places and must-do activities that tourists should experience at least once while they’re in this beautiful city.
We’re going to start out with something easy—Universal Studios Hollywood. This amusement park/studio refers to itself as the Entertainment Capital of LA, and is the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios that are still in use today. Explore the amusement park or take a tour of the facilities, where visitors can check out the different themed attractions. From Jurassic Park to Amity Island from Jaws to Bates Motel from Psycho, visitors will be whisked away into the world of entertainment. Popular destinations in the park include Springfield, from the Simpsons, which is located in the Upper Lot and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the largest themed area in the Upper Lot.
Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory
The largest state park in California can be found in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains. Spanning approximately 4,210 acres, this area also covers the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Observatory, a planetarium, a Greek theater, verdant golf courses, tennis courts, hiking trails, and a riding center that was made for the 1984 Olympics. The Griffith Observatory, another popular attraction in the immediate area, offers interesting and exciting exhibits. A popular attraction is the Zeiss telescope, which is typically used to view the moon and other planets. There are even solar telescopes that can be used to check out the sun.
We know, we know—it’s basic and overhyped, but any person who steps foot in southern California should at least travel to Anaheim and experience the wonderful world of Disneyland. Just bask in the nostalgia and go! It’s one of the best ways to spend time with your family, and you know it will be kid friendly. Spend your day exploring the Disney California Adventure, where you’ll be able to brave the thrilling rides and enjoy the food and live entertainment, or the iconic Knott’s Berry Farm, where you can enjoy classic amusement park rides and some of their famous fried chicken. Regardless of what you choose, it is a guaranteed good time. After all, it’s Disney.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
This world-famous museum can be found on Hollywood, California. Set up by famous sculptor, Marie Tussaud, visitors can stop by this wax museum and enjoy the day with their favorite celebrities.
OUE Skyspace LA
This one’s for adrenaline junkies and anybody who is looking for a spectacular view of the city. OUE Skyspace is an open-air observation deck and comes equipped with 360-degree views of LA and a glass slide, which provides a rather nerve-wracking experience.
Santa Monica Pier
You aren’t in southern California, much less Los Angeles if you don’t take a beach trip. The Santa Monica Pier is a site that’s as iconic as the Hollywood sign. Located in nearby Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier has stood for over 100 years, eventually emerging as an easily recognizable historic landmark. This beloved seaside destination is home to an array of different shops and cafes in addition to an aquarium and amusement park.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
We’ve touched on this before, but it’s one of those spots that you shouldn’t ever miss out on. Walk the 15 blocks on Hollywood Boulevard and the three blocks of Vine Street to get a good look at the 2,600 terrazzo and brass stars that are embedded in the sidewalks. You’ll never know what kind of history you’ll unfold while you’re there.
Los Angeles is full of different opportunities and there’s an adventure at every turn. Considering its year-round warm weather, vibrant atmosphere, never-ending list of activities to do, and the gorgeous Californian backdrop, LA is the perfect place for any kind of holiday.