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Areas & Neighborhoods in Los Angeles
Beach Cities — The beach cities and neighborhoods in and around LA are a hotbed of boutiques, picture-perfect sand, and impressive piers. Cities like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Marina del Rey will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to where to watch the best sunset or stick your toes in the sand.
West Hollywood — Head inland to West Hollywood, and you can explore one of Los Angeles’ largest gay-friendly neighborhoods, which also happens to be replete with community theaters and lots of festivals.
Beverly Hills — For a taste of the finer things in life, there is perhaps no better stop on a Los Angeles vacation than this upscale stretch. In Beverly Hills you can peruse some of the most prestigious retail strips in the entire city (even if you only window shop). While you’re there, you might as well treat yourself to a 5-star meal.
Downtown — The bounty of attractions in Los Angeles’ downtown vary from culinary hot spots to loud, music-pumping clubs and everything in between. Take in a free concert at California Plaza or meander through the Natural History Museum. If you’re in search of late-night entertainment, make your way down Sunset Boulevard, which begins downtown.
If you can’t enough of the California lifestyle, tours from Los Angeles let you experience even more far-flung neighborhoods in SoCal within just a few hours.
One of the best things to see in Los Angeles is its inhabitants. Yes, people-watching is a worthwhile pastime in LA. If you want to see more than the characters on Venice Beach, head to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or check out the exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Center. For a great night at the theater, tickets to a performance at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood are always a good idea. Sports fans can grab some peanuts and head to a professional baseball game when the Dodgers™ are at home.
Fun things to do in Los Angeles often require you to burn some tread on your favorite pair of tennis shoes. Amusement parks near the city, including the House of Mouse, can translate to lots of walking. If you’re not after a roller coaster ride, hike the Eaton Canyon Falls Trail or take surf lessons at Manhattan Beach. Griffith Park deserves an entire day of your time; this large municipal park is home to the Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, and more. Day trips from Los Angeles can lead to Santa Barbara, Big Bear Lake, Laguna Beach, and other attractive Southern California destinations. And if you want to leave the planning to someone else, Los Angeles tours let you experience ocean, skyscrapers, and parkland in the same day without leaving the city.
Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids
There's fun for the entire family no matter where you wander in Los Angeles. Here are a few family friendly experiences to enjoy together that promise to make your trip memorable:
Vacationing on a limited budget in Los Angeles? Spend time instead of money on terrific experiences.
Wells Fargo History Museum - Bring the entire family and embark on an intriguing adventure through history together.
Triforium - Plan a visit and enjoy an insight into the arts and culture of the region.
Broad Plaza - Architecture enthusiast or not, you're sure to be awed by this landmark's modern design.
Oviatt Building - If you enjoy delving into the days of old, this is one stop you ought not to miss.
Jewelry District - Learn why both visitors and locals are in love with the charm and character of this place.
Los Angeles Central Public Library - Widely renowned among local residents, this site is worth a look.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Get a better understanding of the local beliefs at this spiritual site.
Los Angeles State Historic Park - You're sure to feel connected with Mother Nature at this spectacular spot.
Pershing Square - Cultivate your green thumb and enjoy admiring the wide range of plants on display.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to do in Los Angeles on a sunny day?
Soak up the good weather (and get a little exercise as well) with one or two of these outdoor activities:
What to do in Los Angeles on a rainy day?
Have a go at some of these indoor activities and turn a gray, rainy day into something unforgettable:
What is Los Angeles famous for?
With loads of famous sights like these, your most daunting decision will be where to start:
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Santa Monica Pier
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
What should I not miss in Los Angeles?
If you're eager to see the best of this place, slot these attractions into your schedule:
- Venice Beach
- Staples Center
- Los Angeles Convention Center
- Dodger Stadium
Are there cheap things to do in Los Angeles?
There are tons of fantastic experiences here that'll catch your eye if you're traveling on a tight budget:
What can you do in Los Angeles for free?
You'll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your bag with so many great free things to do:
- Santa Monica Pier
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- University of California Los Angeles
- Citadel Outlets