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Best Things to Do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has an exhaustive array of things to do. If you're a film buff, vintage Hollywood is a must-see. Some classic attractions in the area include Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Paramount Pictures, the only television and film studio left in Hollywood. For a taste of stardom, window-shop along Rodeo Drive or cruise Sunset Boulevard. Do you prefer the sun? Tourists who opt for a day on the shore head to Venice Beach, Zuma Beach or the Santa Monica Pier and Beach.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
J. Paul Getty Center Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The Getty Center is one of the most impressive architectural achievements in the United States ... read more»

#2
Santa Monica Pier and Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Santa Monica, just west of Los Angeles, contains one of the most legendary beach scenes ... read more»

#3
Griffith Observatory Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los ... read more»

#4
Third Street Promenade Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Third Street Promenade, popular with shopaholics, has an eclectic vibe similar to its Santa ... read more»

#5
Zuma Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Malibu has a reputation for excessive wealth and exclusivity, yet all of the town's ... read more»

#6
Farmers Market and The Grove Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting south of West Hollywood is one of L.A.'s most beloved landmarks: the ... read more»

#7
Griffith Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're looking to spend some time outdoors without fighting traffic to get to ... read more»

#8
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just next door to the La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum sits the Los Angeles ... read more»

#9
Runyon Canyon Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon is an often overlooked urban park that ... read more»

#10
La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If your kids goes crazy for dinosaursand really, what kid doesn't?then a ... read more»

#11
Paramount Pictures Studios
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Since the 1920s, Paramount has welcomed a large number of film's all-time heavyweights (including ... read more»

#12
Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of Hollywood's most iconic and memorable sites, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre was ... read more»

#13
Walt Disney Concert Hall Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This Frank Gehry-designed concert hall has helped revive downtown Los Angeles, which was once dominated ... read more»

#14
Rodeo Drive Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Immortalized by Julia Robert's Pretty Woman shopping spree, Rodeo Drive is an upscale shopping ... read more»

#15
Venice Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Developed in the early 20th century, Venice Beach is modeledcanals and allafter its ... read more»

#16
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As morbid as it may seem, your best chance for celebrity sightings is at the ... read more»

#17
Beverly Center Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When it comes to all things fashionable, there's no need to look any further ... read more»

#18
STAPLES Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're a sports fan visiting during basketball season, you can't miss a ... read more»

#19
Sunset Boulevard Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, Sunset Boulevard continues to live ... read more»

#20
Hollywood Bowl
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you can catch a gig at the Hollywood Bowl, L.A.'s beautiful outdoor ... read more»

#21
Greystone Mansion and Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Greystone is one of the largest mansions in Beverly Hills and an important landmark for ... read more»

#22
Hollywood Homes Tours
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: So you've seen where the stars shop, where they eat, where they surf, and ... read more»

#23
Universal Studios Hollywood
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of the most popular attractions in the Los Angeles area, Universal Studios Hollywood features ... read more»

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