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10 Top Things to See and Do In Los Angeles
- Jonathan Chum
Los Angeles is one of the most famous cities in the world. If you visit, there's no shortage of things to do and see. Whether it's shopping on Rodeo Drive or taking a selfie at the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles has attractions that will appeal to everyone!
Walt Disney concert hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an architectural wonder, a masterpiece of contemporary architecture that's become a symbol for the city of Los Angeles. It was designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2003. It's got an interior clad in wood, which gives it an open feel, and seating for more than 2,000 people. The acoustics are excellent---even if you're sitting way up at the top. There are also guided tours available that include backstage access so you can see how they set up concerts and rehearsals there. If you're just visiting L.A., one of your must-dos should be seeing a concert at this hall---there are many different types of performances happening throughout any given week (classical music to jazz) and tickets are fairly reasonably priced!
Hollywood walk of fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles. The walk, which consists of pink terrazzo and brass stars embedded into the sidewalk, was created in 1958 to celebrate both the entertainment industry as well as actors who have contributed to its success. Approximately 2,400 stars have been placed along the sidewalk since then, with each one representing a celebrity who has made significant contributions to film or television.
You can visit the Walk of Fame any day between 6am and 11pm local time; however there are several restrictions on what you can do while you're there:
Do not deface or damage any part of the star (including placing stickers)
Do not use an airhorn or whistle within 100 feet of any star
Do not loiter on private property (i.e., you must stay on sidewalks)
The Griffith Observatory is a must-see for any L.A. tourist, and it's free! Visitors can check out the telescope that was used to take photos of Mars, look at the stars and planets through the observatory's telescopes, or even see an exhibit on space exploration in their own backyard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The observatory also offers nightly planetarium shows where you can learn about specific constellations and get an up-close view of the sky above Los Angeles.
You won't want to miss this amazing experience!
TCL Chinese Theatres
TCL Chinese Theatres is a world famous Hollywood landmark. The TCL Chinese Theatre was built in 1927 and designed by architect Sid Grauman. In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, the theater often hosts Hollywood premieres and awards shows.
The theatre itself was built to be a visual spectacle, with over 10 thousand square feet of hand-painted murals and sculptures depicting scenes from classic Chinese operas such as The Ramayana, A Dream of Red Mansions and Journey to the West (also known as Monkey). There are also statues of some of China's most famous historical figures including Confucius, Sun Yat-Sen (the father of modern China), Yuan Shikai (founder of the Republic), Kuan Yu (a hero during the Three Kingdoms period), Zhan Tianyou (a revolutionary who helped develop China's modern education system), Wang FuQi (an influential scholar during the Ming Dynasty)
The Getty Center
Getty Center is a free museum and it is located in Brentwood, Los Angeles. The Getty Center has a cafe and restaurant, bookstore, outdoor garden, which is the Getty Villa Museum (which is also free to see), and this place has been around since 1997. You can spend all day here because there are so many things to see and do at this museum such as: art exhibits, gardens, concerts throughout the year (they have an event every Wednesday night that includes live music).
I'm sure you'll enjoy going here if you plan on being in LA for more than just a few days because there are so many different things that you can do during your visit here!
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Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the perfect place for a fun day or evening with your family. The museum features wax-like figures of celebrities from all walks of life, including movie stars, musicians, world leaders and more. You can interact with them by taking pictures in front of their photo walls or posing for selfies with them inside their sets (we recommend the Jurassic Park area).
The museum also has interactive features that allow guests to experience other aspects of stardom such as riding an escalator up onto stage lights while they're being filmed by paparazzi cameras! The gift shop has souvenirs available for purchase as well as a food court where you can grab some quick eats before leaving the premises.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is located at 100 Universal City Plaza in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. The studio tour is a must for any film fan, as it takes you through the backlot and sound stages where you can see sets from famous movies such as Jaws, Back to the Future, E.T., Jurassic Park and so much more!
You can also ride on the iconic Studio Tour Tram that takes you past movie props, like King Kong's hand or Dr Who's Tardis. While on board this moving vehicle you'll travel through such settings as New York City streets, an old west town called Tombstone (complete with shootouts!), Chicago gangster Al Capone's speakeasy and even a futuristic high-tech military base where they are constructing robots for war use!
While riding along this incredible journey your guide will point out some amazing film locations by name so if you're lucky enough to recognize anything then it'll bring back memories from watching those movies so many times before on TV or DVD player!
Venice beach and boardwalk
Venice is the most famous beach in L.A., and it certainly lives up to its reputation. The boardwalk and adjacent canals are lined with shops, restaurants, galleries and other attractions. You could spend an entire day just wandering around this part of Los Angeles, soaking up all its vibrancy. Even if you're not interested in any of the shops or restaurants along the way (or if they're closed for some reason), there's plenty to see here: street performers galore perform at various spots throughout Venice Beach; artists paint murals on walls near Abbot Kinney Boulevard; skateboarders make use of every inch of available space on their boards; tourists capture photos from a variety of angles as waves crash into rocks below them; joggers run along the beachfront path; vendors sell goods from their carts ... The list goes on!
And don't forget about what lies beyond Venice Beach itself---there's more than just sand when you head south toward Santa Monica Pier!
Warner brothers studio tour Hollywood
Warner brothers studio tour Hollywood is a lot of fun. You can see the actual settings and props from some of your favorite movies, like Batman, Harry Potter, The Matrix, and many more. You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how these movies are made. If you don't want to sit in traffic for hours just to get there though (like we did), I suggest taking an Uber or Lyft from downtown LA instead of driving yourself.
If you're looking for something else besides this tour but still want something similar then check out Universal Studios which is located about 30 minutes away!
So, there you have it! Our top ten list of recommendations for things to do in Los Angeles. If we missed any of your favorites, let us know in the comments below and we'll get right on adding them in.