No matter who you are or what you’re into, Los Angeles has it.
It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and doesn’t disappoint.
You have a few ideas of what you’d like to see and do, but we’ve got more.
We’re also going to assume you’ve heard about Disneyland before, so we won’t take up valuable time by mentioning something you already know.
So, grab your sunscreen and put on your shades, we’re heading out for an adventure!
1. The Getty Museum
If the name ‘Monet’ excites you more than the name ‘Monroe,’ visiting the Getty museum is a must.
The J. Paul Getty museum sits atop the Santa Monica mountains. Entrance to the museum is free, but there is a fee to park.
There, you’ll find an incredible array of art exhibits – the collection is quite impressive.
Enjoy a bite to eat at the Garden Terrace Cafe, taking in the expansive views of the city below.
2. Santa Monica Pier
Constructed in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier was once hailed as the place Route 66 ended.
Take a stroll to the end of the wooden planked pier, and enjoy the view from atop the Ferris wheel in Pacific Park.
Then head over to one of the many restaurants along the beach to get a plate of fresh fish and chips, and a nice cold beer.
3. Venice Beach
If you like beautiful beaches and enjoy a healthy dose of people watching, you get both here.
It’s home to “Muscle Beach,” as well as a slew of street performers, little shops, and other attractions.
There’s a coastal bike path that connects Venice and Santa Monica beaches, so rent a bike and pedal the three miles or so and enjoy both.
4. Hollywood Walk of Fame
This is the kind of stargazing you can do during the day, and you don’t have to look up.
Head over to Hollywood Boulevard, and walk along a stretch of over 2,700 stars dedicated to stars.
5. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The reviews on their website include quips such as, “it was a lot of fun.”
While “fun” may not be synonymous with “cemetery,” it is a beautiful and peaceful place.
Pay your respects to a late famous actor, musician, or other prominent person, or just enjoy some serenity amidst the hustle and bustle.
6. Hollywood Sign
There are three routes to the sign, each with varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy the beautiful traverse it takes to get there, and the views – beyond the letters that make up the sign – when you get there.
7. Sunset Strip
Somewhat gritty yet ever iconic, the Sunset Strip is worth a visit, especially if you’re a music fan. Stop in for a drink at the Whisky a Go Go, and hear some rock n roll at the Roxy Theater.
If you’re a comedy fan, there are a few clubs for you to laugh at as well.
8. Mulholland Drive
Popular for the beauty, views, and famous residents, Mulholland Drive takes you through the Eastern Santa Monica mountains. It offers incredible views of some of the most famous sights, best viewed from a convertible with breeze blowing through your hair.
9. Point Dume
If you long for a quieter yet breathtakingly beautiful scene, make a drive out to Point Dume State Beach, located in Malibu.
Catch the surfers in between chapters of your novel from the beach towel you’ve laid over the soft white sand. Then venture into the ocean for a quick refreshing dip.
10. Griffith Observatory
If you’re in the mood to see some stars – the other kind – head over to the Griffith Observatory. The admission is free, and you can zoom in on the famous Hollywood sign and enjoy some of their other exhibits.
11. California Science Center
Located next to the Natural History Museum (another spot worth visiting!) the California Science Center is a wonderful – and free – way to spend some time, especially if you’re traveling with kids.
Enjoy a variety of exhibits, such as Humans in Space, Missions to the Planets… the skies the limit, as they say.
Los Angeles is a dynamic, fast-paced city; there’s always something going on.
Renting a car is the easiest way of getting around. A best practice when driving – especially when in an unfamiliar place – is to have a plan in case you get in a car accident.
Do your research so you know what time various attractions open, and don’t be afraid to venture out and explore.
There’s a huge city out there, waiting for you.