Things to do in Los Angeles

Things to do in Los Angeles
Things to do in Los Angeles
Things to do in Los Angeles
Things to do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with a fascinating history and a rich culture. LA's cultural attractions are never ending, whether it is Disneyland Resort, the Getty Centre or one of the numerous art galleries. From the legendary Universal Studios, to thriving nightlife and theatre productions, LA is truly the entertainment capital of the world. A haven for sports fans, while keen explorers can visit the 75 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of bike and hiking trails. Shop for everything from designer to vintage, or relax on an unforgettable helicopter adventure.

Historic Hollywood Boulevard

The heart of Tinseltown has finally cleared up its act, and Hollywood Boulevards previous charm and desirability of the 20s and 30s has been restored. Explore the Walk of Fame, where over 2,300 celebrities including Elvis and John Lennon, have been commended with a marble-encased brass star. Discover Grauman Chinese Theatre, the worlds most famous movie theatre surrounded by celebrity footprints and handprints pressed into the cement, before you catch a breath and admire the great Hollywood sign.

Take a look at El Capitan Theatre, Hollywoods first live theatre, and appreciate the architectural brilliance of the Capitol Records Tower. The world first circular office building, this Capitol Records headquarters is shaped as a stack of records, complete with a stylus that blinks out the Morse code for Hollywood. Exploring Hollywood Boulevard is definitely something vital to tick off your bucket list.

Shopping in Los Angeles

Whether it is digging through vintage corner stores or window shopping and fantasizing about the luxuries you wish you could afford, LA is an ideal and diverse shopping destination. If you are feeling extravagant then Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard may suit your style, while bargain hunters will want to check out the outlets in Camarillo, the Citadel, Desert Hills and Ontario Mills.

The Getty Centre

A stunning collaboration of art, architecture and gardens, located upon a scenic hilltop to create a striking destination, the Getty Centre is a must-see when visiting Los Angeles. In his last year of living in a mental asylum, Van Gogh painted the beautiful artwork called Irises, available to view at The Getty. Cézannes Young Italian Woman at a Table painting, exaggerating his technical skill and versatility is also available to see, alongside many other famous paintings, sculptures and photography.

Sunset strip

Wedged between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, this 1.7 mile strip of Sunset Boulevard holds a modern fusion of restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Giant Billboards at every corner and overflowing with sites like Chateau Marmont (hosting legends such as Mick Jagger) this is a perfect setting for celebrity spotting. Visit Andaz West Hollywood, a hotel tower which was bursting with rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Keith Richards back in the 60s and 70s, and get inked at the same tattoo parlour as Julia Roberts and Nicholas Cage.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The largest art museum in western America and holding over 100,000 works from ancient times to modern day, Los Angeles County Museum of Art attracts nearly a million visitors annually. LACMA offers artist designs from ancient and Islamic art to modern and contemporary art, and is a popular destination for concerts, lectures and film premiers. This sensational museum sits on an interesting and historic stretch of the Wiltshire Boulevard known as the Miracle Mile and treasures work from Picasso, Dürer and Monet.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Receiving more visitors than any other attraction in LA county (around 5 million per year), the Universal Studios are a must-see. Full of thrilling theme park rides, shows, a working movie studio, shops and restaurants, Universal Studios are a unique day out for the whole family. Take a studio tour, where Hollywood stars film regularly and visit the largest movie street set in Hollywood history. Witness special effects used in some of the greatest action movies like King Kong and the War of the Worlds and grab a chance for a photo opportunity with some of your favourite cartoon characters.

Disneyland Resort

Step into a world of fantasy and magic, the enchanted world of Disney at Disneyland Resort in California awaits you. Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Disneyland Resort is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and Downtown Disney, consisting of shopping, dining, and an entertainment complex. Make the most of your vacation with a 3 day Disneyland Resort ticket.

The Disneyland Park ticket option gives you access to the 8 different fairy tale lands with a fast pass option, as well as a Magic Morning admission granting you early entry to the attractions before the general public. Disney California Adventure is another ticket option, attractions including the amazing landscapes of Soarin over California, a voyage on the Little Mermaid and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror elevator ride. Stay around until the evening to experience The Show of Colour. The new night time water show which presents a stunning combination of water fire and light, as it brings some of your favourite Disney characters to life.

Whale Watching Tours for Newport Beach

Embark on this whale watching adventure, as you board a 65 foot boat and learn fascinating facts whilst waiting in anticipation for the creatures you are about to meet. See giant blue, finback, grey, minke and humpback whales along with elegant dolphins and other exotic marine life. Accompanied by knowledgeable staff for an interactive and educational day out, this unforgettable experience will create a fantastic memory.

Catalina Island

The island of Catalina may only be 22 miles across the sea, but it is a colossal contrast of the metropolitan city of Los Angeles. Catalina Island is a place where you can paddle in the gentle rhythm of the waves, before a massage on the beach in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Discover the beachfront Avalon Casino which contains a movie theatre and beautiful ballroom or explore the 7,000 years of island history in the Catalina Island Museum. Take to the clear blue waters of Lovers Cove, a marine preserve full of exotic tropical fish and magnificent creatures of the ocean. Climb aboard the Catalina Express ferry for a roundtrip journey to the island, boarding whenever you wish for some exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean along the way.

Southern California CityPASS

Visit some of the most famous attractions in Southern California with this amazing value for money CityPASS. You will have 13 days to explore Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood and Sea World San Diego. However you choose to use your card, you will have the opportunity to come face to face with inquisitive dolphins and get splashed by magnificent beluga whales, before you discover the magical world of Disneyland and learn the fascinating secrets behind movie making at Universal Studios. The CityPASS is definitely worth investing in.

Los Angeles VIP Grand Helicopter Tour

You will be provided with hotel transport by mini limousine and glasses of sparkling wine during this once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour above the idealistic city of Los Angeles. Admire world famous landmarks from the air, including the Hollywood sign, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills and amazing downtown LA skyscrapers. This experience really could not get any better.

Double Decker Bus Tour

Get the whole Los Angeles experience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. These open top buses provide recorded commentary for an educational and fun way to explore the city. Departing from Grauman's Chinese Theatre every 20-40 minutes, the service provides you with the opportunity to explore every stop in detail. With convenient multiple routes for a complete experience, you can visit more than 50 stops throughout the city. Along the way, you will have sights of the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Paramount Studios, City Hall and so many more.

Hollywood Movie Location Tour

Journey through the streets of Hollywood, as you take an impressive ride through some of the most memorable locations ever to be featured on the big screen. This Hollywood Movie Tour is an ideal way to explore the routes of Tinseltowns movie history and cinematic culture, accompanied by a group of passionate film enthusiasts. See a diverse range of settings from some of your favourite movies and TV shows such as the apartment complex from Pretty Woman and the house used in the Nightmare on Elm Street. Witness some classic movie locations like settings that appear in Back to the Future and Grease, as well as more recent movie locations such as settings from Terminator.

Go Los Angeles Card

With access to nearly 40 top LA attractions, tours and activities, the Go Los Angeles Card offers something for everyone in the family. Whether you fancy meeting your favourite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, discovering the action packed world of LEGOLAND California or experiencing the thrill of a Whale Watching Cruise by Newport Landing, the choice is yours. With such an extensive assortment of things to see and do, the Go Los Angeles Card is a perfect addition to your holiday.

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