10 Things to Do in LA
Heading to Los Angeles for a little fun in the sun? Here are 10 can’t-miss attractions to set your trip up for success
Oh, La La Land! Visiting Los Angeles is a rite of passage for every aspiring movie star. This booming metropolis attracts all walks of life with its promise of fortune and fame. But what if you’re only interested in playing the part of a tourist? That role’s available too!
Spanning over 4,000 square miles, Los Angeles has something fun for everyone. So start with this list of 10 great things to do in LA and see why over 10 million Angelenos choose to call it home.
1. Catch an exhibit at The Getty
Interested in perusing some works of art? Look no further than The Getty Center. One of the most visited museums in the country, The Getty draws almost 2 million visitors each year. Inside this impressive structure atop the Santa Monica mountains, you’ll find pre-20th-century European works of art, photography from the 19th century to now, contemporary sculptures and more.
While you’re there, stroll through the Central Garden, enjoy a picnic on the lawn or get creative with the little ones in the Getty’s family room. If you find yourself there in the summer, you can even catch a live concert. And guess what? Admission is free!
2. Hike Runyon Canyon
California is known for its beautiful vistas and the trails that lead you there. And when you’re in LA, a hike through Runyon Canyon delivers some stellar city views. With 130 acres of undeveloped land, the park sits above the City of Angels in the Hollywood Hills. Whether you’re a novice hiker or a terrain-traversing pro, Runyon Canyon can accommodate you with trails for every skill level.
3. Try all of the food trucks
Los Angeles has no shortage of fine dining options, for sure. And you might even spot a celebrity or five if you opt for one its more famous restaurants. But for a true taste of Los Angeles, hit up some food trucks!
From gourmet grilled cheese to Korean BBQ and pretty much everything else imaginable, you’ll find culinary treasures at almost every corner. And, of course…tacos.
4. Ride the rides in Santa Monica
Santa Monica is one of the more popular areas to visit in Los Angeles County, and a quintessential day at its beach wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the pier. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Eat some cotton candy. Then, after you take in the sunset, enjoy a live concert by the water. If you’re really brave, you can even learn how to fly on a trapeze.
5. Shop Rodeo Drive
When you think of fun things to do in LA, shopping may quickly come to mind. And there’s no better place to enjoy some retail therapy than the famous Rodeo Drive. Running through posh Beverly Hills, Rodeo is home to some of the world’s most luxurious brands. But don’t worry if you’re not up for spending all of your savings. It’s perfectly acceptable to simply window shop.
6. Take the Walk of Fame
Home to over 2,600 stars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a Los Angeles icon. These five-pointed terrazzo-and-brass testaments to fame line the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard for 15 blocks. The first star was laid in 1960, and more are added every month. But before you take this Tinseltown trek, map out where your favorite stars are and enjoy the path of greatness.
7. Cruise Venice Beach
A trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete until you stick your toes in the sand. And world-famous Venice Beach promises just that and so much more. You can cruise the boardwalk and get your workout on all in one afternoon. A short venture away from the oceanfront will lead you on a gorgeous walk through the Venice canals. And if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, rent a skateboard or sit in on a drum circle.
8. Dive into the La Brea Tar Pits
OK, don’t actually dive in. But do enjoy the historic scene in the company of Ice Age fossils. As the world’s only active, urban ice age excavation site, the tar pits allow you to step back in time in a way you can’t at most other museums. The La Brea Tar Pits were first excavated in 1901, revealing a wealth of historic relics. Since then, fossils and bones have continued to be discovered, including the near-complete skeleton of a mammoth!
9. Visit the Griffith Observatory
This “gateway to the cosmos” is every astronomer’s dream come true. The Griffith Observatory is considered a leader of public astronomy, and its iconic exterior helps make it one of the city’s most loved cultural attractions. Grab a telescope while you’re there and take a gander at the stars above. Don’t worry about breaking the bank. These heavenly views are free of charge.
10. See the Hollywood sign
A top-10 list of things to do in LA wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Hollywood sign. While it’s pretty easy to catch a glimpse of it from the city below, your best bet for a view is to start in Griffith Park. There you’ll find hiking trails running from the Griffith Observatory to Mount Hollywood.
If you’re not feeling up to the hike, not to worry—you can get a great view from the Hollywood Reservoir, and it’s a nice and easy walk.
Never-Ending Fun in Tinseltown
No matter how long you plan to visit, there won’t be a shortage of great things to do in LA. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or a glitzy, glamorous Hollywood experience, you’re sure to find fun in the sun in the City of Angels.
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