When you travel to Los Angeles, you’ll find that there’s more to this city than Tinseltown glamour. Beyond Hollywood film studios and celebrities, the second-largest city in the United States boasts an invigorating mix of cultures and attractions.
Los Angeles is teeming with hillside communities drenched in history. It is also a paradise for anyone seeking active pursuits such as watersports and mountain hiking, or more sedate explorations like shopping and gourmet dining.
Los Angeles has more than its fair share of iconic landmarks, but the “Hollywood” sign is probably the best known. Dominating the hillside, the sign was constructed in 1923 and has undergone extensive restoration over the years. You can take tours up to the sign, and no trip to Los Angeles is complete without at least one photograph of that distinctive landmark.
The star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is a must-see attraction. But there’s so much more on offer, including remarkable art collections at the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For concerts and sporting events, head to the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre.
A trip up Mount Hollywood will take you to the Griffith Observatory, built in 1935 and still contributing an important amount of astronomical research today. Griffith Observatory is one of the largest parks in the world, and is home to several attractions, including the Los Angeles Zoo.
Movie buffs can enjoy the big movie studios, which are all around the Los Angeles area. Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Universal Studios all offer tours and are popular attractions for tourists.