Los Angeles Attractions

Los Angeles Attractions

Beaches (Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu)

Santa Monica Beach runs north of the Santa Monica Pier, home to the Pacific Park, it caters for bike paths, movie shoots, walking paths, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, beach volleyball with its 7 courts, and swimming. Venice Beach includes the beach, the promenade running parallel to the beach or the boardwalk, handball courts, Skate Dancing plaza, Muscle beach, various volleyball courts, beside palm readers and belly dancers. Malibu’s Beaches are the main attractions with beaches like Zuma Beach, Surfrider Beach, adjacent to Adamson’s House.

Universal Studios & Citywalk

Universal Studios offers a thrilling Hollywood movie theme park and a complete working movie studio, besides LA’s best shops, thrilling park rides, and shows. Attractions include the Studio Tour, the ride at Revenge of the Mummy or Jurassic Park, The Blue Brothers, besides shopping for souvenirs, Universal Clothing, toys, film and camera supplies, and great eating joints. CityWalk has something for everyone with its indoor concert venue at Gibson Amphitheatre, unique shops, 19 movie screens, and more than 30 restaurants.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Located in Valencia, Six Flags Magic Mountain is an pleasure ground with more than 100 thrilling rides, attractions, games, including 16 roller coasters like Goliath, X2 dimension coaster ride that spins and rotates 360 degrees in all directions, Tatsu claiming to be the fastest, tallest, longest and fastest flying coaster on earth, The Riddler’s Revenge, besides the new Terminator Salvation. Kids love the top-shelf entertainment by viewing the Looney Tunes Characters and Justice League Superheroes, or tasting the scrumptious snacks.

Sunset Strip

The finest part of Sunset Boulevard, called The Sunset Strip includes many boutiques, rock clubs, restaurants, and nightspots. It is famous for its multi-colored, huge billboards and a hangout for movie stars, rock stars, and entertainers. The House of Blues offers the best in live music and dining, great comedy at the Comedy Store and the Laugh factory, Chateau Marmont, the location of various Hollywood debacles, and the Saddle Ranch for a chance to ride the mechanical bull.

Hollywood Walk of Fame & Chinese Theatre

Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are world famous attractions honoring over 2,000 celebrities in motion pictures, recording, television, radio, and theatre. The Chinese Theatre is known for more than 200 concrete blocks in front of it comprising the signatures, footprints, and handprints of the most popular stars of stage and screen ever since 1920, enveloped by shops with souvenirs like pictures, posters, key chains, posters, min-Walk of Fame ornaments, hats, T-shirts besides stores selling tickets for Hollywood tours.

Universal Studios

One of the oldest and most renowned movie studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios is also the original Universal Studios theme park. The attractions are divided into two areas on different stages linked by a series of escalators called the Starway. Visitor’s attractions include a number of costumed characters wandering the park grounds, playing different genres, besides the new Shrek 4-D, meet the Simpsons, viewing a Great-White shark in Jaws, Universal Horror Makeup Show, or experiencing an ‘earthquake’, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast.

NBC Studios (Tours & Show Tapings)

Located in Burbank, NBC Studios is the sole TV studio that opens its doors to visitors, offering the 70-minutes tour, taking you behind the set of the popular Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno, and into the makeup, special effects, wardrobe, set construction, sound effects departments, Days Of Our Lives, and other sets and props. Indoor walking tours are available hourly Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, free for children under 5 years, with tickets sold at the Guest Relations Department.

Getty Museum (Getty Center, Getty Villa)

The 750-acres J. Paul Getty Museum is known for its architecture, gardens, art works that comprises of a compilation of rare 19th and 20th century photographs, pre-20th century European paintings, sculptures, drawings, and decorative arts. It includes the Getty Center in Brentwood that houses the works from the Middle Ages through modern times besides the Central Garden, and Getty Villa near Malibu that is an educational center dedicated to the study of arts and culture of ancient Etruria, Greece, and Rome.

Griffith Observatory

Atop Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory is LAs major landmark, where you find a large triple-beam solar telescope, the planetarium theater, and three levels of enchanting hands-on showings and displays. Kids favorites include a giant six-foot 3D moon globe with craters and seas, original Mars rock, large colorful photographic model of Mars, while visitors attractions are the bust of James Dean, Egyptian sundial, shows at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon 200-seat theatre.

LACMA & La Brea Tar Pits

The 20-acre and seven-building Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) complex, with many objects ranging from ancient times to present times, is the biggest art museum in the western US, with attractions like the Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to the modern and contemporary artists, Islamic and Asian art. Located in Hancock Park, the La Brea Tar Pits displays its unusual attraction of Ice Age fossils like, besides watching bones being cleaned and repaired at the Page Museum Laboratory.

Mulholland Drive (views from Hollywood Hills)

The scenic Mulholland Drive, a relaxing getaway in LA, cuts through Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills, finds mention in movies, video games, hit songs, and is popular with horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. The famous drive has many parks with picnic opportunities and is home to the most expensive and exclusive celebrity homes in the world, offering outstanding views of the Hollywood Bowl overlook, capturing views of downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, Hollywood Hills, and Runyon Canyon Park.