Los Angeles’ Top Destinations
Not surprisingly, Los Angeles is Top 10 North America Destinations Holiday.
Los Angeles has so many activities, however I will name most popular destinations especially for kids of all ages.
Universal Studios is number one attraction for anyone of all ages! I would strongly recommend you to upgrade your general admission pass to Front of Line Pass. It is worth every cent to upgrade so there would be a lot less waiting time for you and your family. Those little children usually have so short attention span so you really don’t want to keep them waiting long in line. Having Front of Line Pass is definitely handy!
Naturally, you would have to visit Disneyland as it is considered one of the most FUN destinations you will ever visit! Disneyland has very nice fireworks at nights.
Hollywood is the next natural place you need to visit along with the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood Sign is being perched atop Mount Lee. The sign is the global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. Who knows you may bump into some famous people.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is also an amazingly FUN destination to explore with its own unique wild rides!
According to Squidu, it is nice to know what Things to do in Los Angeles for Tourists All Year Round:
• Disneyland and California Adventure: If you’re visiting Los Angeles, you have to take the time to visit Disneyland and California Adventure. If you don’t bring home some mouse ears to family back home you may be shunned. And, besides, you will have fun.
• Universal Studios Hollywood: Universal Studios Hollywood is a studios tour, theme park with rides, concert venue, theater complex and, with the addition of Universal Studios Citywalk, a restaurant and shopping area. You’ll want to reserve the entire day as the lines can sometimes get long. (Editor’s Note: That is precisely why I recommend Front of Line Pass to avoid any waiting at the lines.)
• Hollywood and Highland: Hollywood and Highland is an entertainment/shopping complex located at, where else, Hollywood and Highland in the heart of Hollywood.
• Watch a Live TV Show Being Filmed: Studio audiences are always needed for all types of television shows, including reality and talk shows, and when in season, and not being picketed, sitcoms. A good place to get free tickets is at Audiences Unlimited.
• Venice Beach: Ever see a chain-saw juggler? Then you have to visit Venice Beach. Venice Beach is nothing short of wild. Most people go to people-watch along Ocean Front Walk, where you’ll see any kind of street performer imaginable.
• Window Shop on Rodeo Drive: If you’ve got the money you can actually do more than window shop, though the tab can get pretty hefty.
• Pick up a Map of the Stars Homes and go Star Gazing: This is another thing the folks and friends back home will expect of you.
• Check out the Farmer’s Market at Third and Fairfax on the westside. Even the locals do this. You can buy almost anything from fruits and vegetables to wine and cheese. There’s a great vintage store there that sells stuff from the 50s and 60s. Be sure to grab a bite at Loteria, a little Mexican restaurant with great food, including breakfast.
What the Locals Do: After you get the ulta-touristy spots out of the way, discover the real Los Angeles – where the locals hang out.
1. Visit Silverlake: Most notably, the shops, restaurants and bars along Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake. Silverlake is trendy and hip without having to try at it. It just is.
2. Visit Eagle Rock: Eagle Rock’s a hip little slice of Los Angeles in the northeastern part of Los Angeles.
3. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier: It’s like you’re soaring over the water. Actually, you are. And the view is incredible.
3. Go Vintage Clothing Shopping on Melrose: Places to shop: Decades at 8214 Melrose Ave., and Wasteland at 7428 Melrose Ave. Just north of Melrose, on La Brea, you’ll also find Jet Rag, which is a fun thrift store for clothes shopping. And, you may find some vintage items at any Out of the Closet Thrift Stores throughout Los Angeles. Also check out Broadway Street in Long Beach for tons, I mean, tons of vintage shops and thrift stores.
5. Rent a Bike at Venice Beach: There’s only so many street performers one can watch. Get some exercise and rent a bike. There’s a great bike path along the beach which takes you about 8.5 miles, Washington Blvd. to Temescal Cyn Rd. Parking is real tight at Venice Beach, so go early. You may have to wait in line for an opening in the beach parking lot. Be patient. Something will open up.
6. Hike the Local Mountains: Los Angeles is surrounded by mountains with great hiking paths. My favorites are the hiking paths in the San Gabriels and Angeles National Forest north of Pasadena and Altadena. For a non-strenuous hike, go for a hike to Eaton Canyon Falls, which you can access via the Eaton Canyon Nature Area in Altadena. There are a lot of stream crossings, but the falls are worth it. The Santa Monica Mountains are wonderful for hiking as well, with many trails offering ocean views.
7. Rose Bowl Flea Market: The Rose Bowl Flea Market is held the second Sunday of the month at, where else, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. You’ll find rows upon rows upon rows of stuff. Used stuff. Vintage stuff. New stuff. And it’s pretty well organized. The time is 5Am to 4:30PM, but many vendors start boxing up about 3 to 3:30. The admission price is lower the later you arrive, but there’s so much stuff you’ll want to have several hours for shopping.
8. Go Wine Tasting: If you don’t have time to visit the nearby wine country of Temecula or Santa Barbara County, then sample some wine at some local wine shops.
9. Visit the Long-Gone Celebrities: Believe it or not, one place people like to visit is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., where many a former celebrity is buried. Celebrities like Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks. But what many of the locals enjoy is the summer movies shown at the cemetery. Yes, you’ll be sitting amongst the stars’ gravestones while watching an outdoor movie. Quite popular.
10. Visit the Griffith Park Observatory: Forget the human stars. Here’s where you can look at the stars in the sky. It was closed for renovations for several years, but now it’s back in business. You’ll find telescopes, exhibits and a newly-refurbished planetarium. You’ll also have a great view of Los Angeles. You can drive up to the observatory, or, if you’re ambitious, hike up from the bottom of Griffith Park.
11. Pan for Gold: I didn’t mean for there to be an 11, but here it is. Though not technically in Los Angeles, you’d be surprised to know that people are panning for gold in the nearby San Gabriel mountains. Every weekend hordes of people flock to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River above Arcadia, where they spend all day panning for gold. Yes, folks, there’s still gold in them thar hills. Go get some.
LonelyPlanet’s TOP PICKS FOR LOS ANGELES
* Hollywood Bowl: Joining the locals for a picnic and a concert at the venerable Hollywood Bowl
* Santa Monica Mountains: Exploring LA’s ‘wild’ side on a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains
* Hollywood bar or club: Mingling with the beau monde in a hip Hollywood bar or club
* Pasadena: Dressing up for a day in Pasadena, the ultimate culture vulture destination
* Getty Center: Admiring what $1 billion will buy at the exquisite Getty Center
* Downtown LA: Taking a trip around the world and back in time in Downtown LA
* Santa Monica: Immersing yourself in the sassy SoCal vibe in sophisticated Santa Monica
* Malibu: Hot-rodding along breathtaking Pacific Coast Hwy to Malibu, preferably on a sunny summer day
Los Angeles is definitely a fun, fast-paced vacation to explore with a huge ocean of new destinations within Los Angeles, your Top 10 Destinations Holiday Vacation!
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