An incredible city – there are my top things to do in Los Angeles. Attractions are spread across this expansive city so it may be worth hiring a car or using a Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus; especially if you want to visit Downtown LA or West Los Angeles.
1) Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame
Perhaps not as glamorous as your led to think, I actually loved staying in an apartment just off the Boulevard – it’s worn out, tired look reminded me of the ‘Old Hollywood’ that you see in the movies. The Walk of Fame is popular for many (and the people posing for a picture becomes a slight trip hazard) whilst the bars and restaurants along the Boulevard make this area of town a great choice to stay in or spend an afternoon. If you only have 1 or 2 days in Los Angeles, this should be on your itinerary.
2) Hollywood Sign
Iconic for LA, the Hollywood sign can be seen from all over town. For that great shot, head to Griffith Park Observatory. It can difficult to get up close to the sign so jump on a tour bus or drive to the various view points around the city.
3) A production tour – Warner Brothers tour recommended.
As the filming location for many TV programmes and movies, LA is scattered with the best production companies in the world with most accompanied with a tour open for the public. There are many options available but we chose Warner Brothers for our visit. Speak to your tour guide about which programmes you love and they may be able to take you to see those sets. During our visit we saw Ellen Degeneres show set, the office set for TV programme ‘The Mentalist’ and the famous Friends Coffee shop set a well as the Warner Brothers prop museum with Batman and Harry Potter props and costumes. The Warner Brothers VIP tour is included in the Go Los Angeles Card.
Nothing beats Disney’s original theme park in sunny California. Plan in advance to avoid overcrowded days and long queues. Make sure you check out the Disney restaurants like this Disneyland Princess breakfast. CityPass offers a great deal with entrance to Disneyland, SeaWorld and Legoland all included at a discounted price.
5) Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney’s biggest competition, you can’t go to one without visiting the other, especially if you love thrilling rides and behind-the-scenes styled tours. Head to universal studios and visit the different areas themed after your favourite films and programmes. The Simpsons area is a favourite of mine. Entrance fee is included in the Go Los Angeles Card.
6) Griffith Park and observatory
The Famous Planetarium offers fascinating exhibits and live shows but the main reason so many people visit is for the great view of the Hollywood Sign.
7) Venice beach and Canal District
Head to Venice beach to relax and enjoy some sun, sea and skates. Just a short walk from Venice beach is the canal district; with beautiful houses and glistening waterways providing a peaceful stroll.
8) Santa Monica Pier
Ideal for a late afternoon or early evening visit, the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of route 66. The pier holds some cute boutique and souvenir stores alongside a few arcade and funfair rides. The Pier is also home to a variety of seafood restaurants although slightly pricey. Entrance to the Pacific Park and the Aquarium is included in the Go Los Angeles Card.
9) TCL Chinese Theatre
An iconic landmark of Hollywood, head to Hollywood Boulevard to take a selfie outside the TCL Chinese Theatre. Keep an eye out for any scheduled film premieres to do some celeb-spotting.
10) Rodeo Drive
This drive always reminds me of that ‘big mistake’ moment from Pretty Woman. Head to Rodeo Drive to do some window shopping and some celeb spotting or to just re-enact that scene (be warned you may get some odd looks).
What are your favourite things to do in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!