Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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- Best time to visitAlthough packed with tourists, the summer months are best for warm beach weather and outdoor activities!
Things to Do in Los Angeles
Top Attractions in Los Angeles
- 1Stage This
- 2Universal Studios Hollywood
- 3Universal CityWalk
- 4Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood
- 5Santa Monica Pier
- 6Hollywood Sign
- 7Beverly Hills
- 8Hollywood Hills
- 9The Dolby Theatre
- 10Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- 11Marina del Rey
- 12RMS Queen Mary
- 13Griffith Park
- 14TCL Chinese Theatre
- 15Page Museum
- 16Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- 17OUE Skyspace LA
- 18Grammy Museum
- 19Park La Brea
- 20Hollywood Wax Museum
Other Sightseeing Options in Los Angeles
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What People Are Saying About Los Angeles
Thank you for the wonderful city tour, there is no way I wouldn't seen all that on my own! Tour guide was super nice and informative and the bike was AWESOME! 100% Recommended! Robert Montreal, Canada
Great all the way around with two exceptions. There was no warning that Griffith Park will often guide people to park outside the park. I had to walk two miles to enter the park. Secondly, the group was a bit big for maximum enjoyment. There 22 or 23 of us which is just too many. With that said our guide was fantastic. She knew her information, was enthusiastic, and was able to navigate the large group through the hike while keeping tabs on all of us.
Ask for Eric to be your guide! I can't imagine anyone being better. The excursion is extremely informative and the views are amazing. We participated in the daytime hike and can't wait to do the nighttime hike next time we travel to L.A. A tip though: Don't book this on a Monday, as the Observatory is closed and it is part of the package to be seen inside. Ask for Eric! You won't be disappointed.
The museum is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about all that the site has uncovered from thousands of years burried away. My teenage son really enjoyed the experience!
I had a great time here , seeing those huge skeletons from the dinosaurs and I'm definitaly coming back. You can learn a lot and make amazing pictures. Great!!!