Things You Must Not Miss in Los Angeles

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If New York City is the metropolitan destination for the east coast, then Los Angeles has to be its west coast counterpart. Millions of folks stream to the City of Angels every year, some just for vacation, while others choose to put down roots and call it home. And for very good reasons we might add. There is a lot to see and do in Los Angeles, more than we have space or time for here, but we will gladly put forth a few recommendations for things you need to do on your upcoming visit.

StorageThe Legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Apart from the legendary Hollywood sign way up in the hills overlooking LA, one of the must-see locations in the city is the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame, which commemorates stars of the silver screen from generations past right up to the present. The street boasts more than 2600 five-point stars immortalizing talents from the entertainment industry and draws more than 10 million tourists every year. The equally legendary Chinese Theater is nearby, offering a daily roster of IMAX films.

The Hollywood Sign. As we mentioned above, this is the other iconic landmark in LA that pretty much everyone is familiar with. Initially installed in 1923, the sign originally read “Hollywoodland” and was an advertisement for a new housing development. Once the neighborhood was built, the sign fell into disrepair, and was restored in the 1970s to the familiar visage we all know. It has become Los Angeles’, and the film industry’s, most recognizable symbol.

The Santa Monica Pier. Who hasn’t at least seen pics of the Santa Monica Pier and its Ferris wheel? With more than three miles of coastline, you have endless opportunity for shopping, food, entertainment, and the pier itself is a hive of social activity. The Santa Monica area also has the benefit of enjoying an average of 340 sun filled days every year.

The Film Industry. Motion picture production is an integral part of the LA scene, and you’re invited to come and experience it for yourself. Universal Studios provides not only an amusement park themed around familiar and beloved movies and shows, but also the classic backlot tram tour, where you can experience the Bates Motel from PSYCHO, Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, and even get attacked by the Great White Shark from JAWS.

Bus Tours. Several companies offer bus tours that allow you to see the much-ballyhooed celebrity homes. With guides offering running commentary throughout the tour, you will also learn much about Hollywood history. Most of the studio lots around Hollywood are similarly available for tours, not just Universal, but also Paramount Pictures and others where you can take a peek behind the scenes and even visit the sets of some of your favorite movies.

I’m Going to Disneyland! Disneyland was the first Disney theme park, built in Anaheim in 1955, and was designed by Walt Disney himself. The park is divided into different themed locales such as New Orleans Square, Frontierland, and Toontown, as well as the STAR WARS attraction which opened in 2019. The park features rides and attractions based around classic Disney films and characters.

La Brea Tar Pits. Go back in time to another age with this archaeological wonder where you can see asphalt bubble up through cracks in the earth, just as it did in the age of the dinosaurs. A fossilize wooly mammoth was discovered on this very spot in 2006, so who know what might turn up during your visit?

Griffith Observatory. Known as one of the best lookout spots in Los Angeles, the Observatory provides free public telescope use on every available evening, as well as viewing events with professional and amateur astronomers. Surrounding Griffith Park is also populated with hiking trails from Firebreak to the Western Canyon Loop. The Berendo Stairs, all 181 of them, are another route to access the Observatory.

Venice Boardwalk. You’ll see pretty much anything you care to see along this popular stretch of seaside streets. The boardwalk is home to the famous (or infamous) Muscle Beach, as well as a plethora of basketball courts, skating parks, and other attractions. You can purchase wares both artistic and holistic, and street artists are sure to keep you entertained and amused during your stay. Don’t forget the tip!

Mulholland Drive. Winding down through the mountains that divide Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley is this thoroughfare that allows you to see almost everything LA has to offer. It is the proverbial long and winding road that allows for spectacular views of Downtown, Hollywood, Warner Bros, Studios, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills, as well as the Pacific coastline. The Drive begins in Hollywood and eventually connects with the Pacific Coast Highway, which you can take to explore another 500 plus miles of California coastline.

Clearly, Los Angeles has it all and more. Whether you are a temporary visitor or in it for the long ride, take the time to explore everything the city has to offer. It’s worth the time.