And it is an essential stop if you are thinking of taking a tour of the West Coast of the country. You won’t be short of things to see and do in Los Angeles! And although I have often heard negative comments about the city and it tends to disappoint many, it really has so many things to do and places to visit that if you plan it well, you will surely find options to your liking.
The 35 Best Places to See in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is one of the most visited cities in California. And it is an essential stop if you are thinking of taking a tour of the West Coast of the country. You won’t be short of things to see and do in Los Angeles! And although I have often heard negative comments about the city and it tends to disappoint many, it really has so many things to do and places to visit that if you plan it well, you will surely find options to your liking.
2. Stroll down Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive is one of the main commercial arteries in the city and also the most expensive. It is undoubtedly a paradise for lovers of fashion and haute couture . Whoever can afford to go shopping here is undoubtedly an essential stop in the city.
For those of us who do not have the option of buying in this fashion paradise, we can settle for enjoying the atmosphere and dreaming, looking at the shop windows.
This famous avenue has appeared in several movies, one of them was Pretty Woman, do you remember?
3. Chinese Theater
The Chinese Theater in Hollywood has been the most famous cinema in the world since it opened its doors in 1927.
The Chinese Theater was the magnum opus of Sir Grauman, a dreamy businessman who after a trip to China fell in love with its culture. Grauman already had experience in the sector, since in 1922 he had built the Egyptian Theater, located a few meters away on the same street.
Outside the Chinese Theater you can find the hand and foot prints of more than 200 celebrities.
You can make a visit inside the theater, they last about 30 minutes and tickets are bought in the theater itself. You can also buy a ticket to see a movie.
4. Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory is not only one of the most famous astronomical observatories in the world and one of the best viewpoints in Los Angeles. I have already told you about it in the post
The observatory was opened in 1935 and during World War II it was used as a place to train pilots in astronomical navigation . And during the 1960s, it was the chosen place to train the astronauts of the Apollo program.
At the Griffith Observatory you’ll find a gigantic telescope from which you can see the stars and planets up close . And in the afternoon sessions, once it gets dark they place some smaller telescopes on the terraces.
It is one of the best viewpoints to enjoy spectacular views of the city of Los Angeles. And although dusk is the most beautiful time, it is also the time when there are more people.
5. Walk of Fame
Possibly the most popular place in town. The Los Angeles Walk of Fame was created in 1958 to represent the glamor and fame of Hollywood, becoming one of the most representative places in the city.
The first star went to actress Joanne Woodward, in 1960.
It is without a doubt one of the essential places to visit in Los Angeles.
6. Have fun on the Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is one of the essential places to visit in the city. It is located on the beach in Santa Monica and is the end point of the famous Route 66.
In addition, it is the ideal place to have fun an afternoon between attractions, food stalls, and ice creams.
One of the most emblematic places in the park is the wooden merry-go-round built in 1922 that continues to function perfectly
From here the sunsets are beautiful. Do not miss it!
7. Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood combines tours of the film sets, attractions and themed restaurants with encounters with well-known characters such as The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shrek or the Minions.
Universal Studios is a very complete park, ideal if you are traveling with children or if you are a movie lover.
Admission is not cheap, it costs between 109 and 129 dollars. Nevertheless, it is an interesting visit.
8. Photograph the Hollywood Sign
It is probably the photograph that is repeated several times throughout the days in Los Angeles of any traveler. You can see the sign practically from anywhere in the city. Although there are viewpoints and strategic places from where you can see better.
The Hollywood sign has been presiding over the city since 1923 and was created as part of an advertising campaign. In theory, it was only going to be high for a year and a half, however.
9. Enjoy the atmosphere on Olvera Street
This beautiful street was renovated to remember the city’s Mexican heritage. Here you will find 19th century buildings, art shops and traditional restaurants.
10. Take a leisurely drive down Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive is a winding road that has appeared in countless movies and novels , most notably the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.
Today Mulholland Drive is home to large and exclusive mansions , many of them owned by celebrities.
11. Visit the Getty Center
The Getty center is an impressive museum that was opened in 1997 and you will find it at the top of the Santa Monica mountains.
It is a modernist Travertine marble complex created from the private art collection and large donations of funds from businessman and philanthropist J. Paul Getty.
In the different rooms of the museum you will find several collections of Italian, Dutch, French, Spanish and British painting and sculpture, among which you can see some masterpieces by great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Goya, Klimt, Rodin, Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Munch, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Van Dyck, Gauguin, El Greco or Edvard Munch.
12. OUE Skyspace
This impressive 310-meter-high skyscraper is one of the best viewpoints in Los Angeles.
The tower has a glass crown and at night it lights up in different colors. You will also find a glass slide that goes around the outside of the building from the 70th to the 69th floor.
It is an ideal place full of magic for all ages.
Although to visit the entire park and see several of its shows it is advisable to spend 2 or 3 days (or even more) in the park, sometimes it is difficult to incorporate so many days into the travel route, at least visit it for one day.
Union Station is the largest railroad station in the western United States. It was built in 1939 and is an authentic architectural jewel of the city.
Its architectural style is a mix between Spanish Colonial Renaissance and Art Deco . In the waiting rooms you will find travertine marble walls, with interior patios and beautiful gardens.
15. Dolby Theater
This Theater is known worldwide as the place where the Oscar Awards are held since 2002.
You’ll find it on Hollywood Boulevard, next to the Chinese Theater. Although at first glance it may seem that it is not very interesting or impressive, you cannot miss it.
16.Disney Adventure Park
Although it is one of the smaller parks of the California Disney Parks, it is the best option if you are looking for exciting attractions. Here you will find roller coasters, cart circuits, simulators, rapids… It is my favorite of the California parks.
17.California Science Center
The California Science Center is a dynamic and entertaining museum where you can learn about and enjoy the wonders of science through interactive exhibits.
The museum has many permanent exhibits on a variety of themes and one of the most visited places in the museum is the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Admission is free.
18. Los Angeles Beaches + Surfing at the Matador
It is inevitable (at least for me) to visit a coastal place and not go near any of its beaches. Even if it is to take a walk, have an ice cream or watch the sunset. I am a total sea lover!
Some of the most popular beaches are; Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach, Hermosa Beach, Venice Beach… For me the most beautiful is the Matador.
El Matador is one of the most beautiful beaches in California. It has huge rock formations that stand out against the golden color of the sand and the ideal waves for surfing. As I love surfing, I lacked time to continue enjoying this place. Spectacular!
19. Visit La Brea Ranch
Rancho la Brea houses some of the most important prehistoric remains in Los Angeles.
The enclosure has numerous tar pits that have perfectly preserved countless relics, which expert scientists have carefully extracted such as; animal bones from different eras.
At first, drilling began to obtain oil and minerals, but fossils began to be found in perfect condition that are now extinct.
Built next to the Rancho La Brea tar pits as part of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, the Page Museum houses more than a million specimens of 650 animal and plant species from the Ice Age.
In the museum you can see from the skeleton of the most minuscule of animals to that of the mammoth.
It is one of the most impressive museums in the city and is worth spending a few hours on.