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The Best of Los Angeles

By Alex O'Dwyer

Best of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is full of things to do and is often considered the entertainment capital of the world. With plenty of museums, attractions, beautiful beaches and trendy shops you’ll be sure to have an amazing holiday to Los Angeles under the Californian sunshine.

To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, we put together a list of the very best things you need to see and do in Los Angeles while you’re there.

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1. Griffith Observatory & Griffith Park

 

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For some impressive views of LA, as well as views of the Hollywood sign, head up to Griffith Observatory. For any science lovers, step inside the observatory to find lots of free exhibitions and a planetarium in which they have cheap shows on offer. If you feel you need a break from the busy city and want to spend some time outdoors then Griffith Park has trails for hiking and biking and is also home to the Hollywood sign along with the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

 

2. Hollywood Walk of Fame & Chinese Theatre

 

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Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame where you’ll see names of stars in gold lettering in a pink star on the path and at the Chinese Theatre you’ll see the handprints and signatures of some of the most notable stars. Watch a movie or take a tour of the Chinese Theatre which should be booked in advance where you can see the amazing art deco interior and often the real costumes from movies are on display.

 

3. Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach

 

Santa Monica is full of nice restaurants, nightlife spots, and an incredible beach. The famous Santa Monica Pier is worth the visit to see the Ferris wheel, rollercoaster, play carnival games and even to see some street performers. Rent a bike and cycle from Santa Monica to Venice Beach on the longest beach bike path in the world. Walk along Venice Beach’s boardwalk where you’ll see street performers, eclectic characters, unique shops and the famous Muscle Beach.

 

4. Rodeo Drive & The Grove

 

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Rodeo Drive is home to an array of high-end designer shops and small boutiques. Window shopping might be all you can afford to do along here but it is nice to have a browse and admire the expensive cars parked along the road. For a more affordable shopping trip head to The Grove which is an open-air shopping mall with around 50 top-brand shops. Opposite it is the Original Farmers Market which opened in 1934 which is worth a visit to grab a snack and take a walk around.

 

5. The Getty Center

 

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Located in the Santa Monica mountains, The Getty Center is packed full of impressive works from the likes of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. In addition to the art, the museum has beautiful gardens from which you can admire the view of LA, and it also offers various free shows. The building itself is quite impressive as it is a circular concrete and steel structure that was designed by Richard Meier, a renowned architect.

 

6. Universal Studios Hollywood & Disneyland LA

 

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Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles. Take a behind the scenes tour of some of your favourite films and go on rides based on scenes and characters from movies and TV shows produced by Universal Studios. For more rides and attractions head to Disneyland LA which is comprised of two parks – Cars Land and the original Disney California Adventure Park.

 

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