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Top 10 things to see in Los Angeles

Culture, nightlife, sun, sand, and the Hollywood Hills, L.A. has it all. But as the second largest city in the U.S. knowing what to do on a trip here can be a little daunting. Here are our top ten attractions to help you see the city at its best.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Of course the world-famous film studio and theme park is on the list. Make sure to book your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets early so as not to be disappointed!

Griffith Park

For a little bit of greenery away from the roar of the city, head to Griffith Park. One of the largest urban parks in North America, you can spend the day hiking or just relaxing.

Venice Beach

When in L.A., how could you not head to the Venice Beach to take in the sights and sounds? Spend some time relaxing on the sand or enjoying live music and street performers.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most spectacular concert halls in the world, both for the sound and the architechtural design.

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Hollywood Sign

No trip to L.A. would be complete without seeing the Hollywood Sign. And of course you should get a holiday snap with the hills behind you. Go on, everyone does it.

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The Dolby Theatre

The famous Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is home to many red carpet events and is an important part of L.A.'s celebrity culture. A definite stop to make on any sightseeing tour.

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California Science Center

Why not take a tour at the California Science Center one of the best science museums on the planet and expand your knowledge of the world, the universe, and everything else?

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Park La Brea

In the mood to spot celebrities? Go for a wander through Park La Brea. This housing complex is home to a number of famous people and offers insight into how the other half lives.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

If you're craving some wildlife, then make a stop at Los Angeles Zoo one of the most impressive zoos in the world. And of course a stroll through the Botanical Gardens wouldn't hurt either.

Mulholland Drive

Head along at dusk for spectacular and inspiring views of the San Fernando Valley from Mulholland Drive. One of L.A.'s top attractions is the view of the city itself.

Planning Your Los Angeles Visit

When to visit Los Angeles?

The best time to visit the city is in the summer. From June into September there's plenty for tourists to do. Perfect beach weather and good temperatures all day long.

How to get around?

Los Angeles has a good public transport system for some of the city, but not all of it. In the more tourist-friendly areas, you can hop on and off of metro buses, DASH buses, and metro rail trains. But if you want to see the city for yourself and cover more ground around the beach areas, why not rent a car?

Where to stay?

If you're looking for somewhere that's not too expensive, then head to the downtown area. You'll find some great hotels that are well-connected to the city, but not so close to some attractions. West Hollywood is another good, but more expensive choice. Or why not book a stay at the beach in Santa Monica?

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Although packed with tourists, the summer months are best for warm beach weather and outdoor activities!

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What People Are Saying About Los Angeles

Great scenary, learned Griffith Park history, Peter was awesome!

I was 25-45 years older and slower than the rest of our group & Peter motivated me all the way to the Summit! Awesome hike and great way to start out first day of exploring Hollywood. My 15 year old granddaughter was impressed by the views & history lesson.

Hollywood Hills Hike Reviewed by Cyndi, 06/04/2017

Very pleasant and informative bike tour. Highly recommended!

I have not been on a bike in several years and this was a great way to get myself back into biking with a fun group and a personal follow-up. I had a great time from start to finish. Our tour guide, Dan and his trainee David were always right there close to help. They really paid attention to details and went out of their way to make the tour as pleasant as possible for all of us. It was an incredible opportunity for exercise and education. David is very friendly and knowledgeable of the city and its history. In every step of the tour, he suprised us with different stories. It was very entertaining and exciting. This tour was a superb exploration of the city and a memorable experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone! The personal attention and entertainment provided by the group leaders takes their tours to the next level. Thank you Dan and David for a wonderful time. I would go back in a minute to another tour with Bikes and Hikes!

Hollywood Bike Adventure Reviewed by Idoya, 06/04/2017

Our tour guide was not only knowledgable, she made it a fun two hours!

This is a great way to see the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory while experiencing a fun hike through Griffith Park! We totally recommend it!!!

Hollywood Sign & Griffith Park Hiking Tour Reviewed by Gil, 06/03/2017

Perfect for a variety of activity levels

This was a great way to see the ocean front and learn some history about Santa Monica and Venice. I recently had knee surgery so exploring had been difficult and this was the perfect solution! Because of the electric bike, myself and a friend could enjoy this activity without me pedaling, and her getting a work out. Barbara was a lovely host who truly seems to enjoy what she's doing- also kudos for the lunch recommendation- Library was perfect! A great day!

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by Meghan, 05/31/2017

Had a wonderful time at Universal Studios!!!

We had a great time at Universal Studios! I would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is planning on visiting California. The whole park is wonderful and alot of fun!!