Instead of asking about things to do in Los Angeles, it may be better to ask what’s not to do.
Visitors from around the world come to the “City of Angels” for many, many different reasons. While many vacationers to the Los Angeles county area come to visit Disneyland or to experience the magic of Hollywood, more than a few visitors travel to Los Angeles California to try their luck in the movie industry.
Vacationers and fans of movie celebrities view Hollywood and Beverly Hills as important “must-see” destinations. For these movie buffs, if you haven’t seen the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame or the mansions of the stars in Beverly Hills, then you haven’t experienced Los Angeles California.
Beverly Hills is truly a city of wealth beyond compare. It’s a great place to window shop but if you can afford it, don’t miss shopping in one of the exclusive stores on Rodeo Drive (pronunciation sounds more like “no way oh” instead of “rodeo” where you “ride the bull”). Beverly Hills hotels are very high-class so start saving your money now if you want to spend the night here. Make your reservations well ahead of time. Of course, the food in the various top-shelf restaurants is exquisite but prices do reflect the area you are in. Some of the “big name” Beverly Hills restaurants to check out are Spagos, La Scala, Polo Lounge and Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Every visitor to Los Angeles California should make a point to see the famous Hollywood sign standing on the side of Hollywood Hills. The Hollywood sign began as an advertisement for housing and has become a landmark icon of the movie industry that is recognized by people around the world.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
The other location that might be at the top of your “must see” list in the Hollywood area is Grauman’s Chinese Theater, accurately billed as “the most famous movie theater in the world.” Grauman’s Chinese Theater was used to premiere Hollywood’s most talked-about movies but the building itself is beautiful enough to be one of Hollywood’s top tourist draws.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Most visitors to Los Angeles California make a concerted effort to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, if only to be able to say that they’ve walked where the stars walked. Other tourist favorites in the area are Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon County Store and Hollywood Bowl, the famous venue for music performances and another important icon of Los Angeles California.
Sony Pictures & Universal Studios
While you are in the Los Angeles area you may want to take a tour of some of the giants in the movie industry including Sony Pictures and Universal Studios. Both are constantly busy with the production of movies, television shows and commercials and both offer excellent studio tours. Tour guides make the experience enjoyable and educational at the same time.
Santa Monica Pier
There are plenty of Los Angeles attractions that have little to do with Hollywood or the movie industry. For example, one of the highlights of a trip to the Los Angeles is Santa Monica Pier, now famous for its entertainment venues, excellent dining options and wonderful specialty shops. There is no admission charge at Santa Monica Pier where you can leisurely stroll along and experience exceptional musicians, artists and street performers. Santa Monica Pier is also one of California’s most amazing places for watching the coastal sunset.
When you are in southern California you may want to visit incredible Malibu, known for its beautiful landscape and California beaches. This area is also recognized as Los Angeles’ most famous residential area of the rich and famous. Malibu offers plenty of recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing and shopping in many of the beachfront stores.
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