Best Places to Visit in Los Angeles

The Getty Center: If you think that Los Angeles is all glitz and glamour with no real intellectual side, the Getty Center will prove you wrong in an instant. This stark white behemoth looming in the mountains is not only world renowned for its impressive architecture, it also houses some of the most famous works of art to be found anywhere, including Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises and Rembrant’s The Abduction of Europa. You can easily spend an entire day exploring all this place has to offer and be sure to take a break to grab a bite to eat in one of the wonderful restaurants here. You will have the option of a classier, sit-down meal or the chance to just grab and go, but either way, you will enjoy your meal taking in one of the most spectacular views of Los Angeles that you will find anywhere.

Hollywood Walk of Fame: Located on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street you will find the sidewalk emblazoned with stars bearing the name of some of the greatest entertainers ever to grace the planet. While this has been a famous tourist attraction for generations, it is continually evolving, with over twenty different induction ceremonies occurring each year! This is a great place to scout for your favorite actor or musician’s star all while soaking up the Hollywood atmosphere! While you are at it, be sure to stop at the Chinese Theatre, where you can witness the hand and footprints of some of your favorite icons forever captured in cement.

Rodeo Drive: For the ultimate experience in luxury, visit the designer shops on this upscale street located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Yes, some of the products here may not be affordable for everyone, yet it is worth your while to simply window shop and strut down the sidewalk taking in all the sights the area has to offer! If you work up an appetite exploring, be sure to pay a visit to 208 Rodeo, which serves a number of wonderfully innovative dishes and cocktails for brunch, lunch and dinner. Happy hour is particularly vibrant here, where you can couple a spicy margarite with upscale pub fare such as crab ceviche tostadas or a mini cheese plate all for under twenty dollars!

Santa Monica Pier: When you think the beach and boardwalk in Southern California, odds are this is the place you are imagining. World famous, the Santa Monica Pier and beach have been featured in many different movies, including Forrest Gump, The Sting and Ironman. With over three miles of iconic beachfront, it is no wonder why the hit TV shot Baywatch was filmed in this area! You can do everything from soak up the sun to play in the surf, though there are plentiful other opportunities for entertainment, including a carousel situated aside roller coasters and a huge array of carnival games. Nearby, you will find the 3rd Street Promenade, which offers a plethora of places to eat, drink and shop to your heart’s content.

Universal Studios Hollywood: This is one of the greatest amusement parks on the west coast and indeed, in the entire United States. Every ride and attraction here is entertainment themed, so there is literally something here for everyone. For Harry Potter fans, you can get your thrills on the roller

coaster called the flight of the Hippogriff, or wander through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is constructed to look like the infamous Hogsmeade Street that was made so famous in the novels and movies. There are a number of other themed rides to explore, including one modeled after The Simpsons, a Jurassic Park water-flume and a 3-D Transformers experience! This is just the beginning, though. The Walking Dead experience offers fans a chance to feel as though they are totally immersed in a post-apocalyptic world of walkers, while the infamous studio tour takes you through the actual studio lot, where you may get the chance to see one of your favorite shows in action!

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