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LA things to do

People who have come to visit Los Angeles or have already moved to the City of Angels with the help of a moving company may not be aware of the many LA activities. Yes, because LA has not only Hollywood, but also many other interesting things to do.
In addition to seeing the most famous sights, many people come here to casually meet their favorite stars of American TV shows and movies right in the street or take pictures with celebrities in a restaurant, surf on world famous beaches like Malibu, or visit the Hollywood Bowl, a unique open-air amphitheater.
In any case, anyone who is just planning his trip will be very useful to know about the mild climate and quite comfortable weather in Los Angeles all year round, defined by moderate Mediterranean climate, typical for south-western coast of California, USA.

Los Angeles attractions

Tens of millions of tourists visit Los Angeles each year.

Judging by the popularity of their environment, the top attractions in Los Angeles are:

  • 1.Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame
  • 2.The Griffith Observatory
  • 3.The Beverly Hills neighborhood
  • 4.Beaches of Los Angeles and Villa Getta
  • 5.Santa Monica Pier
  • 6. Universal Pictures
  • 7. The Grammy Museum
  • 8.Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena
  • 9. Hollyhock House
  • 10.Petersen Automotive Museum

It's definitely worth making a list of things to do in LA and visiting these tourist attractions first. And if you are traveling with children, I also recommend taking a full day trip to Disneyland.

But let's talk about these places to visit in Los Angeles in more detail. So, what to do in LA?


Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame

Almost all visitors to Los Angeles make sure to visit Hollywood Boulevard, which is located in the district of the same name, and take pictures with the Grauman's Chinese Theater located in the very center of it. Then it's worth a walk down the 18-block Walk of Fame, where you can find your idol's star with hand or footprints. Just stare at the names of your favorite Academy Award-winning actors on the sidewalk, where the annual Academy Awards ceremony is held at the nearby Dolby Theater (also known as the Kodak Theater).

Top Interests For lovers of film and creativity, a walk
Cost Free
Discount -
Address 6901 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
Visiting Hours Round the clock
Features Convenient parking
Interesting Facts Sometimes the names on the Stars are misspelled. There are also their walkways of fame in Birmingham (England), Cannes (France), Kiev (Ukraine), Mexico City (Mexico), Delhi (India), Vyborg (Russia) and other cities.
The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

What to see in LA more? It's a short drive from Hollywood to the famous Griffith Observatory, located on the south side of Mount Hollywood in Griffith City Park.

The cheapest way to get to the Griffith Observatory from the downtown area is to take the DASH Observatory bus from the Vermont/Sunset station on the red subway line.

Top Interests Exhibition, space, history
Cost Free
Discount Admission to the show at the planetarium:
  • $3 per child
  • $7 for an adult
Address 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles
Visiting Hours Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:00-22:00
Wednesday 12:00-22:00
Thursday 12:00-22:00
Friday 12:00-22:00
Saturday 10:00-22:00
Sunday 10:00-22:00
  • Inside the observatory are a planetarium, large telescopes and amazing exhibits
  • The observation deck provides an opportunity to admire the panorama of the city
  • Anyone interested can go for a walk on one of the many trails (hiking trails) in Griffith Park
Interesting Facts It is named after Jenkins Griffith, who donated the money to build the observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium, and later donated it to the city.

It is also important to note that the observatory is in close proximity to another very famous landmark - the Hollywood sign on the slope of one of the high hills surrounding the city. All tourists make sure to take pictures of the big white letters HOLLYWOOD, which are the symbol of all modern American cinema.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Where to go in LA then?The expensive restaurants around Rodeo Drive, the most famous street in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, are still the main place in LA for business negotiations and discussing big deals.

Top Interests Shopping, walking
Cost Free
Discount -
Area code Area code 213
Visiting Hours At any time
  • There are many mansions and simply beautiful houses
  • Opportunity to find a guide
  • It is possible to rest at a more or less adequate price for the tourists from the middle class
Interesting Facts
  • Los Angeles has repeatedly tried to annex Beverly Hills, but all attempts have proved futile
  • A television series about the lives of American teenagers was named after the city and its zip code. The series is called Beverly Hills 90210

If you want to meet a celebrity, go to Beverly Hills that is home to Rodeo Drive with its fashionable boutiques and expensive designer stores, Beverly Center with its most original merchandise and the best hotel in Los Angeles, Beverly Wilshire, where the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts was shot.

Getty Villa

Los Angeles Beaches and Getty Villa

Many tourists prefer to spend a full day on the picturesque Pacific Ocean, taking a leisurely stroll on Venice Beach, visiting LA Zuma Beach and enjoying the views of Santa Monica Bay at sunset from Manhattan Beach.

Top Interests Nature, museum, beach vacation
Cost Free (Parking-$15)
Discount -
Address 17985 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades
Visiting Hours Monday 10:00-17:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-17:00
Friday 10:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-17:00
Sunday 10:00-17:00
  • The most famous among surfers is Malibu Beach, which is well known from the TV series about lifeguards
  • Villa Getty has a large collection of antiquities
Interesting Facts You must sign up for a tour in advance. See Getty's website for all the details.
A helpful tip for those traveling by car: When traveling in Los Angeles avoid the major freeways during peak hours on weekdays (especially from 6 to 9 in the morning and 4 to 7 in the evening). However, if you cannot avoid driving during these times, add an extra hour to your total time when planning your route to your destination.

To see the ocean and enjoy the gorgeous views and sunshine, it's worth renting a car and driving to one of the most famous beaches on the West Coast of the United States in Los Angeles.
The most secluded corner of Villa Getty is the eastern garden with laurel trees. There is also a huge swimming pool, surrounded by the garden, in the shade of which ancient Greek and Roman sculptures are displayed. The blue water of the pool, the blue sky, the amazing garden and the surrounding ancient architecture will not leave anyone indifferent.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica is a coastal city that maintains a balance between tourist life and a thriving local culture.

Top Interests Activities in LA for kids, family-friendly activities
Cost Aquarium tickets are $5 for adults and children over 13 and free for children ages 12 and under.
LA attractions at Pacific Park cost individually from $5 to $10.
Discount There is no charge to walk on the pier, and admission to the beach is free as well!
Address 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Visiting Hours Monday- Sunday 06:00-22:00
Features Parking is available on both the pier deck and two additional lower lots
Interesting Facts The famous Santa Monica Oceanarium is home to over 100 species of marine life, as well as starfish, crabs, and other interesting ocean creatures that will be especially fun to show the kids.

Most tourists visiting Los Angeles make sure to come to the famous Santa Monica Pier during the day to look out over the Pacific Ocean, have lunch at a restaurant like The Lobster, or take a refreshing lemonade and try a hot dog on a stick called Hot Dog on a Stick. The famous carousel that has been riding since 1922 allows you to get in touch with the past, and the solar-powered Ferris wheel gives you a chance to admire the entire Pacific coastline from Malibu to Palos Verdes.

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Top Interests Film, Art
Cost Adult (ages 12 and up) - $109-$139 children - $103-$133.
Discount -
Address 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Visiting Hours Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Features You can ride the rides, take a tour of the film studio, or stroll around the grounds, visiting a few shows and checking out a couple or three stores.
Interesting Facts
  • It is more convenient and profitable to buy tickets online (one day - about $95). If you don't have them in advance, get in line at the ATMs, which are usually smaller and move faster.
  • Park hours sometimes change, so check the calendar on the website before you visit.

If you've really dreamed since childhood of learning how movies are made and the most exciting stunts are performed here, then this is the LA place you need to go.

The Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum is an educational museum dedicated to the history and winners of the Grammys.
It aims to inspire LA visitors to learn about musical genres through interactive touch screens, videos and music.

Top Interests Music, history, art
Cost Tickets for adults cost $15
Discount $13 for seniors aged 65 and over, for college students, for young people aged 6 to 17, and for members of the US Military. Children aged 5 and under can enter free of charge.
Address 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
Visiting Hours From Sunday to Thursday the GRAMMY Museum is open from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, and on Friday and Saturday it’s open from 10 am to 8 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, on Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Opening times may occasionally vary due to special events.
Features There is a rich collection of costumes and musical instruments, handwritten lyrics and videos from those years.
Interesting Facts
  • The museum also features outfits by famous Grammy Award-winning musicians such as Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna.
  • The museum occupies four floors, and one of them has a special vault where music recordings are stored.

The Grammy Museum offers many exhibits showcasing historical musical artifacts. There are also live performances, seminars, workshops, and musician gatherings.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena

Top Interests Sports, history, architecture
Cost Free
Discount -
Address 3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
Visiting Hours Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Features The Memorial Coliseum was originally planned as a place of veneration and memorial to World War I veterans.
Interesting Facts
  • The sports arena was demolished to be replaced by a more sought-after facility - a soccer.
  • The arena seats up to 16,740 for boxing/wrestling and 14,546 for hockey.
Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House

Top Interests Hollyhock House
Cost Pricing is $7 for Adults
Discount $3 for Seniors (65+) and Students with valid ID. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Address 4800 Hollywood Blvd Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles
Visiting Hours Open for self-guided tours Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Features You can take an outdoor tour, where you can also learn a lot about the history of the house.
Interesting Facts
  • The Hollyhock House, a precursor to California Modernism, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with seven other Wright sites
  • The Hollyhock House is owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The Hollyhock House was the first Los Angeles commission for legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed it for Alyn Barnsdall, a wealthy iconoclast and philanthropist
Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Top Interests Cars, history, racing, technology
Cost Tickets cost $16 for adults
Discount $14 for visitors aged 62 and over, and $11 for children aged 4 to 17. Children aged 3 and under can enter free of charge
Address 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Visiting Hours The Petersen Automotive Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
  • For children there is a very large and interesting game room
  • Restaurants and souvenir stores are available.
Interesting Facts
  • After an extensive renovation of the vault, more than 250 cars from all over the world are now on display here.
  • The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and representation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture through the example of Los Angeles.
  • The museum is over 100,000 square feet.

Discover some of the most iconic and rare cars, motorcycles and trucks, spanning more than 120 years of automotive history.

Now you can answer the question: “what is there to do in LA?”. Note that to see the main tourist attractions in Los Angeles on your own, you will need at least 2-3 days, and one of the days would be better if you rent a car and drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. There you can see the amazing ocean scenery and great views of the coastline, and you can also walk to great beaches like Surfrider Beach in Malibu or Zuma Beach and wander through the hilly outskirts of the city, which are far away from the center.