Los Angeles area, United States
Attractions in Los Angeles, USA: What to do and where to go
In this magical city, there is no time to waste, for there is a myriad of great things to do here. Depending on your budget, you can ride around the city on a bike or rent a limousine and travel like a movie star. You can take a boat ride off the coast or even see everything from the sky in a helicopter. There is just no excuse for being bored in Los Angeles because there are movie theaters, performing arts centers, museums, tours, shopping centers, amusement parks, and entertainment centers, which make this city a world class vacation destination that you just can't miss.
Being in Beverly Hills is almost like being in a movie or television series. This part of Los Angeles is an attraction on its own. Perhaps some of the most impressive things about it are the unquestionable affluence of its residents, the impeccability of its streets and all the beautiful people you see around the city. So, if you're lucky, you might even see a couple of your favorite celebrities at the stores or restaurants in town. Beverly Hills attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists to the area. Area highlights include the Greystone Mansion and Rodeo Drive, the most luxurious shopping district, famous for designer label and haute couture fashion. Beverly Hills is also known for the many live events that take place here, like the Playboy Jazz Festival, an annual event hosted here since 1979.
When in Los Angeles, take advantage of the opportunity to see all sorts of live sporting events, league championships or exhibition games of some of the best teams in the world. If you care to see any sporting events, we suggest you buy your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly. In Los Angeles, you'll find several stadiums and sports arenas. Here is a list of the most important ones.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Home to Major League Baseball's Los Angeles of Anaheim.
Ballpark of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.
A multi-purpose sports arena, where all the many games of the NBA take place. It is home to the Clippers, the Lakers, and the Avengers, as well as of the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
The Honda Center
Home to the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
Home Depot Center
A multi-purpose stadium, where the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse play their home games. It is also home to both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, as well as to the Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer.
Los Angeles has also been home to football teams of the NFL, like the Raiders and the Rams, both of which moved to other cities (Oakland, California and to St. Louis, Missouri, respectively), although you might still be able to see some NFL games in the Los Angeles area.
Motion Picture Studios
Visit historic motion picture and television studios and see behind the scenes of your favorite shows and movies on guided tours, such as the Sony Pictures Studios Tour (formerly MGM), Paramount Pictures Studio Tour or Warner Bros. Studios VIP tour. You should call for reservations and buy your tickets in advance. Children are not allowed due to the fact that shows and movies are being produced everyday and absolute silence is necessary. When you visit the studios, be on the lookout for your favorite stars. Remember your visiting their workplace!
Los Angeles is home to many artists and professionals of the recording music industry, as well as important record labels, such as Capitol Records, Aries Music Entertainment, Warner Music, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and EMI Music among others. Additionally, Los Angeles offers a full year's calendar of fantastic events, concerts, plays, and special performances at all its music venues, stadiums, performing arts centers, and parks. Check out the listings for all events and schedules, including a few admission-free events near you.
Watch Your Favorite Television Show Live
While in LosAngeles, you can be part of your favorite television show's audience. If you like talk shows, reality shows, or sitcoms, then you know they are taped in front of a live audience. You can be part of that audience by calling for reservations in advance. Most popular shows offer free admission or require a small fee. Ask for information at your hotel.
The American Association of Museums has several accredited museums in the greater Los Angeles area. There are art and history museums, interactive nature and science museums, as well as temporary and permanent exhibits that worth seeing. The following is a comprehensive list of some of the best museums in Los Angeles.
- California Science Center
- The J. Paul Getty Museum
- Japanese American National Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
- Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
- MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art
- Autry National Center of the American West
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
- William S. Hart Ranch and Museum
- Southwest Museum of the American Indian at Autry National Center
- UCLA Hammer Museum
- The Hollywood Museum
- Museum of Tolerance
- Hollywood Wax Museum
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- Zimmer Children's Museum
- Petersen Automotive Museum
- Heritage Square Museum
- California Heritage Museum
- Guinness World of Records Museum
There are also about 150 art galleries in the Los Angeles area so there are countless opportunities for you to see classic and modern art exhibits during your stay. Explore Los Angeles museums and learn about local and global art, history and culture.
If you love thrill rides that give you a jolt of adrenaline or if you want to spend a fun-filled time with your kids while on vacation, Los Angeles offers plenty of opportunities to do so. Spend an exciting day or a couple of days at Los Angeles theme parks. Here's a list of the most popular ones. Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: Universal Studios Hollywood. With thrilling park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and L.A's best shops, restaurants and all-new cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that's fun for the whole family.
Thrilling park rides and shows of the studios' most successful productions. See how those exciting scenes were made.
Wild Rivers Waterpark
With more than 40 game rides and attractions including 2 gigantic wave pools, a spa, toboggans, and lots of other exciting family attractions.
Rides, shows, and hands-on attractions made entirely with LEGO bricks. Attractions include different themes, such as ancient temple ruins, westerns, and an aquarium.
Knotts Berry Farm
More than 165 roller coasters, live shows, and all the adrenaline-inducing rides that you can take.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
You'll find 14 incredible roller coasters and more than 100 attractions and games for the whole family, including a 5 dimension roller coaster.
Los Angeles is located on the West Coast and has tons of activities to do that are fun and exciting, such as the beaches, rocky shores, as well as tranquil settings, ideal for families with kids. Spirit Cruises offers several tours around the harbor, Long Beach, San Pedro Beach and the Super Circle Cruise. There are also whale-watching tours and tours around North and South Bay. You can't leave Los Angeles without seeing the Queen Mary, the famous boat where you can dine and dance on a luxury cruise like they used to in the old days, and who knows, you might even see the spirits of passengers of the past on board!
There are so many things to do in Los Angeles that it is always easier to hire an experienced guide to show you around. They know all the facts about the places and what's hot and not. You can find great tours like these:
Hollywood Tourcoach Charter
Go sightseeing on an open-top double-decker bus and see the motion picture and recording studios, famous performing arts centers, movie theaters, and the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Movie Stars' Homes Tour
This tour departs from Santa Monica and takes you to Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip to see where movie and T.V. stars actually live. This tour ends on Hollywood Boulevard, home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can see the hands and feet of the most famous movie stars ever.
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