Things To Do in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles Attractions

Los Angeles is no stranger to lights, glamour, and plenty of fuss. For as long as most of us can remember, LA has been the hotspot for movies, music, and all things entertainment related. Of course, the ample sunlight only strengthens the California city’s appeal. There are plenty of things to do in Los Angeles for nearly anyone, even if you’re not in the movie business. From the Santa Monica Pier to The Valley, you have fine food, amusement parks, and loads of outdoor trails at your disposal when you visit Los Angeles.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Beach Cities — The beach cities and neighborhoods in and around LA are a hotbed of boutiques, picture-perfect sand, and impressive piers. Cities like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Marina del Rey will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to where to watch the best sunset or stick your toes in the sand.

West Hollywood — Head inland to West Hollywood, and you can explore one of Los Angeles’ largest gay-friendly neighborhoods, which also happens to be replete with community theaters and lots of festivals.

Beverly Hills — For a taste of the finer things in life, there is perhaps no better stop on a Los Angeles vacation than this upscale stretch. In Beverly Hills you can peruse some of the most prestigious retail strips in the entire city (even if you only window shop). While you’re there, you might as well treat yourself to a 5-star meal.

Downtown — The bounty of attractions in Los Angeles’ downtown vary from culinary hot spots to loud, music-pumping clubs and everything in between. Take in a free concert at California Plaza or meander through the Natural History Museum. If you’re in search of late-night entertainment, make your way down Sunset Boulevard, which begins downtown.

If you can’t enough of the California lifestyle, tours from Los Angeles let you experience even more far-flung neighborhoods in SoCal within just a few hours.

Things to See in Los Angeles

One of the best things to see in Los Angeles is its inhabitants. Yes, people-watching is a worthwhile pastime in LA. If you want to see more than the characters on Venice Beach, head to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or check out the exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Center. For a great night at the theater, tickets to a performance at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood are always a good idea. Sports fans can grab some peanuts and head to a professional baseball game when the Dodgers™ are at home.

Things to Do & Attractions in Los Angeles

Fun things to do in Los Angeles often require you to burn some tread on your favorite pair of tennis shoes. Amusement parks near the city, including the House of Mouse, can translate to lots of walking. If you’re not after a roller coaster ride, hike the Eaton Canyon Falls Trail or take surf lessons at Manhattan Beach. Griffith Park deserves an entire day of your time; this large municipal park is home to the Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, and more. Day trips from Los Angeles can lead to Santa Barbara, Big Bear Lake, Laguna Beach, and other attractive Southern California destinations. And if you want to leave the planning to someone else, Los Angeles tours let you experience ocean, skyscrapers, and parkland in the same day without leaving the city.

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1. Universal Studios Hollywood

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Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

2. Venice Beach

Surf, sun and sand take a backseat to the loud and lively human carnival on parade along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. There’s never a dull moment for people-watching in this sun-drenched bohemian enclave of artists, musicians, poets, singers, skateboarders and jugglers. From chain-sawing acrobats to fire-breathing cyclists, you’ll find Los Angeles at its most ostentatious, eccentric and unrestrained. Just remember to tip performers if you watch most of their show or take their photograph.
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Bronze your body and rub shoulders with body builders and wacky performers at Los Angeles’ quirky urban shoreline, a colorful escape from the city.

3. Santa Monica Pier

You can get plenty of kicks near the end of Route 66. Santa Monica Pier now marks the official western point of the legendary U.S. highway, one of the country’s first. This world-famous stretch of pavement originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and was later extended to Santa Monica, where many travelers concluded their cross-country trek with a visit to this pleasure pier of fun and excitement.
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You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambiance and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

4. Staples Center

Visit the STAPLES Center and see a major sporting or entertainment event. This arena is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. Take a tour of downtown Los Angeles and view the STAPLES Center or book a ticket for a major event.
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This multipurpose sports arena has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts and is home to two National Basketball Association teams.

5. Santa Monica Beach

Get the iconic southern California sun-and-surf experience at Santa Monica Beach. Discover a sandy stretch of oceanfront delights close to one of the nation’s biggest cities.
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Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts.

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