When planning a trip to Los Angeles, C.A. there are many places and things to explore. Here’s a list of seven locations that should be on your must-see list. They are part of what makes L.A. so iconic.
- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was opened in 1927, during Hollywood’s golden years. It is in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Impressive in stature, it features intricate dragons along its exterior and an Asian-styled roof (stretching a total height of 90 feet tall), the theatre is hard to miss among the crowd of tourists and street performers. What’s great about the theatre is that it not only is a part of Hollywood history, but that it also still works as an operational movie theatre.
- Paramount Studios
Paramount Studios is in the heart of Hollywood. Off in the distance, you can even see the Hollywood sign on the mountaintops.
The film industry has changed throughout the years—from the glory days of the silver screen, to today’s modern TV show productions. Tours of the studio are available if you want to enter its famously gated entryway arches.
- Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory
Griffith Park is in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park is home to the Griffith Observatory and hiking trails and equestrian. The Griffith Observatory, has a number exhibits and telescopes (most notably the powerful Zeiss telescope).
The park and the observatory have been featured in many movies. It’s a staple to Los Angeles. And admission to the observatory is free.
- The Getty Center
Up at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains is the Getty Center. It’s a museum that includes collections of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography. On the ground themselves, there are impressive gardens to take-in and explore, such as the Central Garden, a natural ravine, a tree-lined walkway and an impressive plaza.
Admission to the Getty Center is free and they don’t require a ticket or reservation to get in; but you’ll have to pay for parking. The Getty Center is nice location to explore, especially if you are trying to be budget-friendly.
- Santa Monica and Venice Beach
First off, beaches in California are a bit different than East Coast. On the East Coast, many people rent ocean homes for a couple of days to a week, but on the West Coast, people drive to the beach, oftentimes for just the day.
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When going to Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a location everyone should visit. It has the infamous Santa Monica Pier. There is also a range of nice stores, such as the popular Third Street Promenade, which is an upscale outdoor mall with many shopping and dining options. It has stores such Apple, Armani Exchange, Barnes and Noble, Fossil, Sunglass Hut and a ton of others.
Venice Beach is another favourite location to visit in L.A. It’s not far from Santa Monica; in fact, it’s adjacent to it. In comparison to Santa Monica, it is a bit more alternative and eclectic nature. You can see that in its different stores, restaurants and other attractions. Venice is filled with street performers along its ocean front sidewalk. There are various artists selling anything from spray-canned paintings, etchings and jewellery. The stores sell a whole range of products such as souvenirs, skate shirts and products, as well as tobacco-related merchandise. If you want to go somewhere oceanfront, and a bit different and adventurous, Venice Beach is worth exploring.