What to do in Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles Attractions

Los Angeles is no stranger to lights, glamour, and plenty of fuss. For as long as most of us can remember, LA has been the hotspot for movies, music, and all things entertainment related. Of course, the ample sunlight only strengthens the California city’s appeal. There are plenty of things to do in Los Angeles for nearly anyone, even if you’re not in the movie business. From the Santa Monica Pier to The Valley, you have fine food, amusement parks, and loads of outdoor trails at your disposal when you visit Los Angeles.

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What to do in Los Angeles

Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

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Wells Fargo History Museum - Approach the staff and discover more about the collections on display at this museum.

Triforium - If you're eager to get cultured, stop here and enjoy the talent on show.

Broad Plaza - If you're a fan of modern-day architecture and design, add this attraction to your list of must-sees.

Oviatt Building - Soak up some of the fascinating history of the area through this site.

Jewelry District - Amble down the streets and get lost in the vibe of this popular local haunt.

Los Angeles Central Public Library - Plan a visit and learn about the importance of this place to the local community.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Enjoy some quiet contemplation and find out a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Los Angeles State Historic Park - Get set for views that'll render you speechless at this natural wonder.

Pershing Square - Grab your blanket, pick up a snack and find a comfortable spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

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.

Things to See in LA

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.

Sightseeing in Los Angeles

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 are loads of awesome experiences in Los Angeles that the whole gang will love. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Los Angeles on a sunny day?
What to do in Los Angeles on a rainy day?
What is Los Angeles famous for?
With loads of famous sights like these, your most challenging decision will be what to see first:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame

What should I not miss in Los Angeles?
You simply can’t go home without ticking off the following list of wonderful attractions:

  • Venice Beach
  • Staples Center
  • Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Dodger Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Los Angeles?
What can you do in Los Angeles for free?
Your getaway in Los Angeles needn’t break the bank with free attractions like these to keep you on the go:

  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Citadel Outlets

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