The city of Los Angeles in located in the south of California, it means the city of Angels and its is famous for being the center of television and film industry of the US nation. All the world renowned studio like Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Universal are not located far from the iconic hollywood sign and all of them offer tours.
Other main attractions of the city include the Hollywood Hall of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles also has amazing beaches like the Zuma Beach, Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier Beach.
Here are ten things to do while you are on your trip to Los Angeles.
10. Madam Tussauds Hollywood
Owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments the Madam Tussauds Hollywood wax museum is the ninth location for Tussauds franchise and it is located on the Hollywood Boulevard near the TLC chinese theatre. The first wax figures made for this location were of Beyonce Knowles and Jamie Foxx.
The cost of each figure is around $300,000 and matching props are also placed near the figures which can be used while taking pictures. The largest figure is of Shrek but it is made out of plastic as it is place outside daily to entice visitors. Figures of Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp and Lucille Ball are also placed near the entrance.
09. Los Angeles County Museum of Arts
The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts is located on the Museum Row on Wilshire Boulevard and it is the largest art museum in the western United States. The museum holds over 150,000 works of arts which span the history from ancient times to the present, concert and film series are also featured in the museum.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts is a major tourist attraction and it attracts almost a million tourists each year. Some of the most popular exhibits include the Treasures of Tutankhamun which attracted approximately 1.2 million visitors in four months. There are also exhibits that are totally devoted to the works of Stanley Kubrick and Tim Burton.
08. Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is 1.3 miles long and it runs from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and it attracts almost 10 million visitors each year. There are two and a half thousand five pointed stars which are embedded in the sidewalks and it these are put here as a tribute to the artist whose name they bear.
The star is awarded to people for their contributions in one of the five categories in the film industry, these categories are Classic film camera, Television receiver, Phonograph, Radio microphone and Comedy/tragedy masks.
07. TCL Chinese Theater
The TCL Chinese Theatre was formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatres and it is located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, United States. The theatre opened in May 18, 1927 and the first movie that was shown here was King of Kings by Cecil B. DeMille.
The theater has a capacity of 932 people and it has the third largest commercial movie screen in entire North America. The TCL Chinese theater has also created the world’s largest IMAX auditorium by partnering with IMAX Corporation.
06. Zuma Beach
The Zuma Beach of Malibu is one of the most beautiful and the most clean beach in Los Angeles. Although it has the reputation for exclusivity and unbound wealth it is still open to public and anyone can come here.
As compared to Venice beach and Santa Monica beach this beach is far more cleaner and is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Zuma beach is also a very secure spot due to the numerous lifeguard stations on the beach.
05. Getty Center
Known for its gardens, amazing views and architecture the Getty Center opened on December 16, 1997 and its cost was around $1.3 billion. This center is home to the Getty museum and several other programs run by the Getty Trust. The center is located in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.
The Getty center is designed by the famous architect Richard Meier and it is also home to the Getty Research Center, J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute.
04. Universal Studios Hollywood
The Universal Studios Hollywood is not just a film and TV studio it is also a theme park in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the oldest and undoubtedly one of the most famous film studios in the world. Initially the studio was meant to offer studio sets but later it was turned into a complete theme park.
The Universal Studio Hollywood features amusements and rides which are based on famous TV and film characters like the tram which goes through a Jurassic Park themed area. Kids can meet their favourite characters like Scooby-Doo and SpongeBob Squarepants.
03. Disneyland Park
A tour of Los Angeles will not be complete without visiting the world renowned Disneyland Park. Walt Disney built it under his direct supervision and it was initially a single attraction called Disneyland, later it was decided that it would be expanded so it was named Disneyland Park.
Since its opening approximately 650 million people have visited Disneyland Park, in 2013 it was the third most visited park in that year with over 16 million people visiting the park.
02. Sunset Boulevard
The Sunset Boulevard is almost 22 miles (35 kilometers) and it is located in the central part of Los Angeles stretching from Figueroa street to the Pacific Highway. Since the 1950s the sunset strip area of the boulevard is known for its nightlife.
A portion of the Sunset Boulevard is often called the Guitar Row due to the numerous guitar shops and music industry related businesses. The sunset boulevard has a lot of areas with winding and curvaceous stretches and can be dangerous to drive on for first timers and unaware drivers.
1. Griffith Observatory and Park
Located on the south face of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory which is a very popular tourist attraction. It gives an amazing view of Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles basin and the pacific ocean. The observatory has numerous science and space related exhibits and gives an amazing view of the Hollywood sign.
The Griffith Park is located near Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles and it is a huge municipal park which covers an area of 4,310 acres. The Griffith Park is among the largest parks in North America. There are numerous attractions like the Bronson Canyon, the Greek theatre, Griffith Park Zoo and many more.