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20 Must DO Attractions in Los Angeles

20 Must-Do Attractions in Los Angeles

  1. Disneyland. Obviously, Disneyland  is at the top of my list! If you have to choose just one of all the amusement parks in the Los Angeles area, this is the one to pick. I loved the huge, fast-paced rides and getting to meet my favorite Disney characters! Book your ticket now.13734825_10157275539575389_802289496_n
  2. Universal Studios. Universal is Disneyland’s less cartoony brother. This offers a bunch of rides and experiences that are similar to Disneyland, but you also get a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made! I’d make this a close second to Disneyland because of all the cool tours you can take.karlaroundtheworld-universal-studios
  3. Knott’s Berry Farm. For those who love rides more than characters, Knott’s Berry Farm is a ton of fun. Take a spin on some of the biggest roller coasters in the country here.
  4. Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Speaking of cool tours, this one is one of the best I’ve been on. You can experience the sets of several of your favorite movies and TV shows! I’d definitely recommend this.

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  5. Hollywood Walk of Fame. You have to stop and take photos with your favorite “star” at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Besides getting to see hundreds of movie star names written in this sidewall hall of fame, you can also meet the movie characters who often walk around this district!
  6. Beverly Hills. See the homes of your favorite actors when you take a Beverly Hills tour! You can drive down the streets and see the massive mansions of the rich and famous of both today and yesterday.
  7. Huntington Beach. One of the most fun beach experiences you can have in the Los Angeles area is a bonfire at Huntington Beach. Watch the sun set over the water before lighting up the night with warm flames. Break out the marshmallows!Huntington Beach
  8. Santa Monica Pier. The pier is filled with fun things for everyone, from good food to great concerts. The pier is steeped in history, and even a simple walk down the water’s edge can make wonderful memories. If you’re looking for an exciting time, get tickets to the pier’s amusement park!A day in LA (8)
  9. Venice Beach is a fun, modern place to enjoy the beach and the boardwalk. Try your hand at some of the sports activities, take a romantic walk, or just get a tan.venice beach
  10. Griffith Observatory is more than just a gorgeous specimen of architecture. Take a tour or watch a planetarium show during your visit.Griffith Observatory
  11. The Food Towns, Chinatown, Japan Town, Korea Town, and Thai Town, within Los Angeles are great for experiencing culture and gastronomy. Try Japan Town’s mochi ice cream!
  12. Drive around the celebrity homes. You can do this on your own with a map, or you can take a tour. I’d recommend the tour, so you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.
  13. Go for a hike. Believe it or not, there are some great hiking spots in the LA area. Escape the crowds and traffic for a while and enjoy California’s natural world.
  14. Try Porto’s cheese rolls and potato balls. The very fact that these foods made it on my list of attractions tells you that they are pretty dang amazing. Be sure to stop in and order some.
  15. Walt Disney Concert Hall. This concert hall is one of the world’s best-designed concert facilities. The acoustics are phenomenal! If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a concert by Los Angeles Philharmonic.Walt Disney Concert Hall
  16. The Broad is an expansive modern art museum. You can see art from famous figures like Andy Warhol and his contemporaries as well as newer artists.The Broad
  17. Petersen Automotive Museum. You could literally stand and take selfies in front of this museum for hours, but the inside is too cool to miss out on. You can see cars from every maker and era—even if you’re not a car buff, you’ll still have a great time.Petersen Automotive Museum
  18. The Getty. If you’re not so much into modern art as classic art, this is the place for you. The extensive collection of artwork in all media is sure to fascinate you for hours.The Getty
  19. LACMA. For an even more comprehensive overview of art, head to the LACMA. Here, you can see art from ancient times all the way to today.
  20. Laguna Beach. Talk about beautiful. This resort district and chain of coves and beaches will make you wish you could stay forever! Make sure you have plenty of time to explore the seaside.

61 thoughts on “20 Must DO Attractions in Los Angeles

  1. Goodness! You certainly hit all the hotspots in LA, didn’t you, Karla! Makes me want to go back. It’s been quite awhile since I was last in LA, so I’ve not yet seen the fabulous WD Concert Hall that Frank Gehry designed. I love his work! Thx for sharing.

  2. I haven’t actually ‘done’ LA yet, it’s been my layover on the way to Vegas, and the second time I was out there, I was picked up at LAX but then driven to Santa Barbara so I didn’t get to see much. Hopefully the next time I am out there I get a chance to really look around and take in the sights. Thanks for this list. I have friends out there I will have to ask them about Porto’s cheese rolls and potato balls as I have never heard of them before. I am a total foodie and always open to trying to new things, especially when I travel.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  3. Los Angeles looks like a great place to visit. There seems to be quite a few attractions there and some would be great for me to try to go see!

  4. This is a great list! I made it to LA for only a day and didnt have time to explore at all. I’d love to get back there sometime and really see what LA has to offer.

  5. I really enjoyed my visit to the Griffith Observatory, I watched a show there that was projected on the domed ceiling. The view was good too, luckily the weather was great.

  6. This is such a wonderful place. I want to go to LA too and see these attractions! Nice experienced, I love it!

  7. I was reading your post and I was deciding which two would I like to visit, but I could not just pick two! I want to see them all! Looking at your photos made me want to go to Los Angeles like right now.

  8. Aahhhh, I heart this post! In the past year I have been to LA on four occasions for business but not once have I been able to get out and see the scenes. I keep telling my husband that we need to take a real trip to LA. This list is amazing. I hope to visit all 20 sooner than later. BUCKET LIST!

  9. There’s so much to see. You can’t really miss Disney and Universal, that’s pretty much a given. I’d love to do a food tour since there’s a lot of them here. Everything on this list is a must try!

  10. Los Angeles is awesome and it would be nice to be able to go there someday! I’ve only been to one Disneyland and that’s the one in Tokyo, I assume this is just as awesome! You can’t really skip The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios!

  11. What a great way to go in L.A. I would add this to my travel bucket list. Thank you for sharing this information.

  12. When I visited L.A., I stayed with my grandmother and aunt in Burbank. I didn’t tour the area like I would have with my sweetie, but I still had a ball. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is cool, and we went to Madame Tussauds wax museum and Max Factor’s museum (where Dorothy’s Ruby slippers were). We visited the LACMA where I almost had a panic attack on that giant escalator outside, but the variety in art was gorgeous. And, Porto’s…was in walking distance and I must have gained 5 pounds from all of their fruity pastries. Delicious!

  13. I’ve heard Los Angeles is a great place to go. I’ve never actually been there before. All these attractions look great too! I would love to visit some day.

  14. Would love to visit LA! Hope to at some point, and think this is all so great to know. I’ll be doing all the touristy things so now I know where to start!

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