Things to do in Los Angeles
As its nickname, Tinsel Town, suggests, most must-dos in Los Angeles surround the city's famed movie industry. At the top of the list is, of course, snapping a shot of the Hollywood sign - from far away unfortunately as the sign is fenced and patrolled regularly. Universal Studios is another equally iconic Los Angeles attraction. Since its humble beginnings as a movie studio in 1915, Universal Studios Hollywood has developed into a fully-fledged theme park with Woody Woodpecker laughing it up as its mascot. For a taste of movie magic, thrill rides and behind-the-scenes action, the theme park and its iconic studio tour is not to be missed.
Also in keeping with iconic movie fun, Los Angeles is home to the original Disneyland. A theme park that needs no introduction, what's now known as the Disneyland Resort was commissioned by Walt Disney himself in 1955 and has since grown to become one of the world's most popular theme parks. While you're there, don't miss the parades down Main Street USA and snapping a shot of the famous Sleeping Beauty castle. Your inner kid will also want some mouse ears, FYI.
If moviestar spotting is on your agenda, avoid scoping out Hollywood homes on a tour (you'll be left sadly squinting to see the roof of the house that's next to Tom Cruise's) and opt to scope out the trendiest hangouts instead. Some star-studded options include a shopping splurge on Rodeo Drive, a swim at Malibu Beach, dinner on North La Cienega Boulevard or a quiet drink at the Chateau Marmont - you never know what A-lister you may run into.
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Venice, Malibu, Muscle and the list goes on... With their iconic palm trees, pop-culture style, nostalgic piers, famous surf and memorable sunsets, it's hard to resist the beaches of Los Angeles.
While Disney theme parks have locations all around the world, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is the original and the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself.
Within three blocks of Los Angeles, the exclusive shopping district of Rodeo Drive spans a multitude of designer label fashion boutiques including Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Tom Ford.
Located in the western district of Brentwood in Los Angelese, the sleek Getty Center sits atop of a hill overlooking the city and is a great place to spend a day of cultural pursuits.
As one of Hollywood's oldest and most famous movie studios still in use, Universal Studios Hollywood, dubbed 'The Entertainment Capital of LA', is a must-do on any Los Angeles holiday.
See the stars in plaque form along the Hollywood Walk of Fame - 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Find your fave celeb's star and be entertained by street performers dressed as popular celluloid and showbiz icons.
LA County's most popular and prosperous beachside town is where all of LA comes to play. With 300 days of sunshine a year and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities on offer, it's no wonder Santa Monica is a beachside hotspot all year round.
Whether your name is Jed Clampett or Paris Hilton, Beverly Hills 90210 is still the home of the rich and famous near the City of Los Angeles. Strut your stuff on Rodeo Drive or take a tour of the ritzy residences in this celeb-filled city.
The Los Angeles CBD is a hive of commercial activity by day with distinctive shopping precincts like areas devoted to jewellery, fashion, flowers and even fresh fish and produce! By night, the nightlife is equally as enticing.
The Eastside LA 'hood of Los Feliz is the hipster hangout for vintage emporiums, retro diners, chic cafes and music stores. Come here for celeb spotting, label name dropping and greasy comfort food.