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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 TCL 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. And after you've explored all L.A. has to offer, you may want to take a day trip south to Anaheim-Disneyland.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park Free attraction
Hiking, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

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

#2
The Getty Center Free attraction
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

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

#3
Santa Monica Pier and Beach Free attraction
Beaches, Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Just west of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica contains one of the most legendary beach scenes in the United States ... read more»

#4
Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of Hollywood's most iconic and memorable sites, the TCL Chinese Theatre (originally Grauman's Chinese Theatre) opened in ... read more»

#5
Zuma Beach Free attraction
Beaches, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

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

#6
Third Street Promenade Free attraction
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Third Street Promenade, popular with shopaholics, has an eclectic vibe similar to its Santa Monica locale. This open-air shopping ... read more»

#7
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 Farmers Market. Founded in 1934 ... read more»

#8
Sunset Boulevard Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of the most iconic thoroughfares in the United States, Sunset Boulevard continues to live up to its legends. In ... read more»

#9
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Next door to the La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum sits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the linchpin ... read more»

#10
Runyon Canyon Free attraction
Hiking, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

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

#11
Paramount Pictures Studios
Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Since the 1920s, Paramount has showcased the talents of film's all-time heavyweights, including Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The ... read more»

#12
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 street in Beverly Hills that ... read more»

#13
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 all after its namesake city in Italy. Admittedly ... read more»

#14
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As morbid as it may seem, your best chance a celebrity sighting in L.A. is at the Hollywood Forever ... read more»

#15
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 by mundane office buildings and ... read more»

#16
La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If your kids go crazy for dinosaursand really, what kid doesn't?then a visit to La Brea Tar ... read more»

#17
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 amphitheatre, don't pass it ... read more»

#18
Greystone Mansion and Park Free attraction
Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

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

#19
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 where they party. Now you ... read more»

#20
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 rides and amusements based on ... read more»

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