Top 7 Things to Do in Los Angeles

If you are new to Los Angeles, CA, are moving there, or are planning a fun vacation to the largest city in California, you are in for a treat. 

What should be on your bucket list in Los Angeles? Here are the top 7 must-do things in this sun-kissed city.

1. Pictures By the Hollywood Sign

You know that seemingly huge ‘Hollywood Sign’ that flashes across your screen in movies occasionally? How about seeing it live and in living color? 

You get exceptional views of the world-famous sign from down below at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. Other viewing locations are from the top of Beachwood Drive and the Hollywood and Highland entrances. 

You can plan an excursion out here by yourself or jump on one of the many L.A. city tours. Most of these, whether on tour buses or hikes, will include a glimpse of this epic sign. 

2. Tour the Grand Central Market

This lovely gem is hidden in downtown Los Angeles, where it has been since 1917. The Grand Central Market deserves your time, whether or not you are a foodie. Here, you will mix and mingle with people from all parts of Los Angeles, alongside rows and rows of produce, spices, sweets, you name it. 

It’s also the perfect place for your hunger pangs, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

3. Spend an Afternoon at the Natural History Museum

Whether you are into dinosaurs, the deep sea, gems, minerals, or insects, the Natural History Museum will have some goodies for you. 

Guests can also spend some time in the gardens at the museum, with over 600 types of plants and a plethora of garden wildlife. The free guided tours only make the experience more enriching.

4. Follow the Glamour

It would be a shame to leave Los Angeles without visiting the Walk of Fame. This is on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, featuring 2,700 plaques of five-pointed brass stars. These bear the names of the crème de la crème in the entertainment industry. 

You can try your luck finding your favorite Hollywood celebrities and, of course, taking the obligatory picture.  

5. Overlook Los Angeles at The Getty

The Getty was opened in 1997 and is known for its architecture by Richard Meier and the incredible views it offers of the entire city. 

Located at the heart of Getty Center Drive, the museum is free to enter, you just need to make a reservation. 

If you’re taking a bus, both the lines of 233 and 761 take you to The Getty.

This is a place you don’t want to miss, especially if you’re a tourist. 

6. Visit Griffith Observatory

How about even better views? Griffith Observatory opened in 1935, and its admission has been free ever since. 

Located on Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory offers a panoramic view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.

The place’s architects were John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley. 

The bus stops that take you to Griffith Observatory include the stops on Mt. Hollywood Drive (for hiking trails in Griffith Park), at the Greek Theatre, and on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz Village.

7. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

To end our list we have the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Located on the Museum Row, near the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also known as LACMA) can keep you occupied for the entire day and still leave you feeling like you’ve missed something at the end of it. 

Founded in 1961, the museum offers plenty of interesting things to see, including urban lights, levitating mass, art and paintings by Picasso and other historical figures, and so much more. 

Other Things to Do in Los Angeles

It would be a miles-long list of things to do in Los Angeles if we wanted to include every interesting and fun spot.

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