Top Things To Do In Los AngelesUSA
Los Angeles; the City of Angels and the City of Dreams! The home of Hollywood and celebrity galore, Los Angeles is a tourist hot spot for people of all ages from all over the world. From the beauty and wealth of Beverly Hills to the eclectic personalties of Hollywood, there is a range of fun and exciting things to do in this city.
Being the second most populated city in the USA (behind New York City) and the most populated city in California, be prepared for the crazy traffic and a large number of people, almost 4 million! Boasting one of the best climates in the country, LA is famed for having summer weather all year round. And with California bordering Mexico, you can find some of the best Mexican food in the country.
With so much to share about this town, here are a few of our favourite things to do in LA!
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Running along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street, there are over 2,600 stars bearing the names of actors, musicians, directors, producers and more. While it can be super busy with people crouching with their favourite stars, it is well worth the walk.
TCL Chinese Theatre
Also known as Grumman’s Chinese Theatre or Mann’s Chinese Theatre, this theatre is beautifully designed and is home to over 200 hand and footprints of celebrities out the front. It also hosts many movie premiers, so keep your eyes out for celebrities and red carpets!
Formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, it’s the home of the Oscars! Walk up the beautiful staircase and take a look at the award winning movies beside you. And if you’re around towards the end of February, you might catch some of the Oscar madness!
Every kid (and big kid’s) dream is to visit Disneyland! This magical land is split into two parks, Disneyland and California Adventure. You can buy passes from 1 day right up to 5 days to get the most out of your stay, and your ticket will allow you to visit both parks. Depending on the time of year you visit, there will be special events happening throughout the park, so be sure to visit the website to see what’s happening! With plenty of resorts and hotels around Disneyland, most people find it easier to stay in Anaheim while enjoying their time at Disneyland, then heading to Hollywood for the rest of their stay.
Universal Studios and CityWalk
This is without a doubt a must-do in LA! See behind the scenes magic of some of your favourite Hollywood movies and TV shows, go on some exciting rides, and explore the park itself. Walk through the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Simpson’s home town of Springfield, meet some cheeky minions and take a ride through the backlot to see some movie and TV action. After enjoying your day in Universal Studios, take a stroll through the restaurants of shops on the CityWalk to end your day. A tip for getting to universal: it isn’t too far away from Hollywood, so you can catch a cheap cab, or catch the Metro. The Metro is super easy to use, and it drops you off right down the hill where you can catch a free trolley up to the entry to Universal. You can book your tickets online or buy them when you arrive, and if you are going in peak season it may be worth your while to buy a “front of line” pass which allows you to cut your waiting times down so you can enjoy your day without having to stand in line – well worth the extra $$!
Warner Bros Studio Tour
Along with Universal, we feel like this is a must do! A three hour tour through the backlots and sets of Warner Bros, you will see so many familiar sights along the way! Learn how they can transform their backlots to different times and places, and see the sound stages where so many hit TV shows and major movies have been made. This is a working lot with numerous TV shows filming everyday, so once again keep your eyes out for some of your favourite stars! Shows and movies such as The Ellen Degeneres Show, Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Gilmore Girls, Friends, ER, Batman, Spiderman, La La Land, Fuller House, The West Wing, Two and a Half Men, Annie, My Fair Lady and so so many more have filmed / are currently filming here. At the end of your tour, you get to go and hang out at a working Central Perk and see the set from (one of the best shows of all time!) Friends!
Hollywood Sign and Hike
What do you think of when you hear Hollywood? The sign of course! There are many spots to view the sign from all over the city. Some of the best locations include; Hollywood and Highland Shopping Centre, various lookout points along Mulholland Drive, the Griffith Observatory, and (if you’re up for it) you can even hike up behind this famous sign! Of late, it has become more tricky to get up to the sign, so we will expand on this in a seperate blog! You can visit the Griffith Observatory for free for a great view of the sign and also see some of the space and science displays while you are there too. Beverly Hills and The Grove
Hollywood itself is not the prettiest of cities, however take a short drive and you will find yourself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Beverly Hills and it’s surrounds. Full of multi-million dollar luxurious mansions and exclusive shops and hotels – including The Beverly Hills Hotel, this is one of our favourite parts of Los Angeles! Many celebrities reside in this area, particularly along Mulholland Drive, so be sure to take a drive through this beautiful area! We hired a car (and braved driving on the wrong side of the road!), but you can pick a tour from the many companies on Hollywood Boulevard who will take you on a “star homes tour” or around LA for the day. While in Beverly Hills be sure to visit the famed Beverly Hills sign, Rodeo Drive and The Grove shopping centre. On a side note, both of us are MASIVE fans of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and a trip to Beverly Hills wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lisa Vanderpump’s three restaurants and bars (SUR, PUMP and Villa Blanca) and Kyle Richard’s boutique!
Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach
Since we had a car, we made the easy drive down to the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. If you don’t have a car, it’s a not-so-expensive cab/uber ride, or you can even use the Starline Hop-on-Hop-Off buses to get down there. Walk along the boardwalk and see the Pacific Park amusement park, the historic Loof hippodrome and take in the views of the beach and ocean. Hire a bike and ride along the trail from Santa Monica to Venice. Here you will find the well known Muscle Beach and the many interesting sights along the Venice boardwalk. Catch the street performers in action and check out the shops along the way. After all that is done, kick back and relax on the beach!
In downtown LA, the Staples Center is home to the LA Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), LA Kings (NHL) and LA Sparks (WNBA), and has played host to numerous concerts and events including the Grammy’s. On our most recent trip to LA we were lucky enough to get tickets to see the LA Clippers in the first two games of the 2017 playoffs against the Utah Jazz. The atmosphere at the games are amazing and it’s so much fun to see the athletes in action right in front of you! The best way to get tickets to sporting events is StubHub, a certified re-seller usually of members who are selling their tickets as they are unable to attend the game.
As you can see there is an abundance of things to do and see while in LA. Whether you are traveling solo, with a buddy or with the family, there really is something for everyone in this town! With majority of flights (especially from Australia) making a mandatory stop into LAX, we highly recommend taking some time to get your tourist on while in town!
And like always, if you have any LA tips or tricks of your own, we would LOVE to hear them!
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Emily & Kristy