Los Angeles is the place to be in if you are looking for a fun filled weekend getaway. Well, there’s no way you can be content in just a weekend, you got to extend your holiday schedule for few more days as there is so much to see and do. When one thinks of Los Angeles, Hollywood crops up in the mind but believe me, there is so much more to Los Angeles
than the Tinseltown and you would delightfully explore each and every corners of the tourist attractions in Los Angeles. Check out the places to go in Los Angeles which would give you the much needed break from your daily mundane life.Top 10 Places to Go in Los Angeles
Situated south to downtown Los Angles, this is one of the iconic places which attracts thousands of people every year. Being around 1134 feet above sea level, it is visible from most parts of Los Angeles. The given name of the observatory is because, it is built on the land denoted by Col. Griffith J. Griffith. It was opened for public viewing on May 14, 1935. As the true traditions of Los Angeles, this landmark had its fair share of film shootings and cinematic stars. Movies like Terminator, The Rocketeer, Transformers, Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle, House on Haunted Hill, etc. featured Griffith observatory in many of the scenes. If you are going to Los Angeles with kids, then this is a place to visit in Los Angeles as kids would not only go through a cinematic experience but also get some educational insights too.
Call it Olvera street or La Placita Olvera, this street is in fact a vividly colorful village having around 27 historically important buildings including a Mexican plaza area. This place is accredited to be the birthplace of Los Angeles and it offers some truly authentic Mexican cuisines, Mexican shops along with some great Mexican music and dancing, fiestas and celebrations. It is one of the fun places to go in Los Angeles to which you definitely don’t wanna give a miss.
Santa Catalina Island
This magical place is situated in the Los Angeles county, just 22 miles away from south west of Los Angeles. Also known as Catalina island or Catalina, this island boasts of a rich history and culture. Even though, the island was first occupied by Tongva; but in the 15th century, Spanish explorers laid claim on it and from there on, it held on its Spanish roots even through Russian hunters, barbarous Yankee pirates and wandering fishermen. Catalina island is known for its scenic beauty, and robust culture and if you have come all the way to Los Angeles, you have to visit such a marvelous place.
Chinatown Los Angeles
Since you are going to Los Angeles city, you would be hunting for good dining and wining places. Your search ends at Chinatown as your olfactory, visual, auditory senses would delight in the aroma and sight of this place. Great food, with remarkably good souvenirs to take home is what you need to make this trip truly memorable. You are going to find there ‘everything you need’ and ‘everything you don’t need but still wanna buy’ things. From porcelain craft items, jade and wood paintings, herbs, tea, books, art supplies, book stores to fancy restaurants and even banking institutions, this Chinese dragon has everything to beckon the tourist to its lair.
Santa Monica is a seaside bustling town which is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles from three sides. Situated in the Los Angeles county, this town offers a unique and breathtaking California beach experience. A day tour of the town visiting the art galleries and museum, and a night life including live music bars and discos are not the only things the city offers its visitors, there’s plenty more! You can enjoy a whole lot more in this place if you are the outdoorsy type especially when there is an array of outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, biking, beach volleyball to old fashioned agile gymnastics.
One place you would be craving to visit ever since you set foot in Los Angeles is Hollywood. Pay homage to the stars whom you dreamt about and if you are lucky, you can even get a glimpse of some of the celebrities you read about in the tabloids. The trip to Hollywood begins with Grauman’s Chinese theater and goes on to Madame Tussuads, Hollywood wax museum, etc. Buying a Hollywood city pass would be an expensive way to revel the sights and sounds of the Tinseltown. Read more on interesting facts about hollywood.
Since you are in Los Angeles, visiting the upmarket and starstudded neighborhood called Beverly Hills is a must. Situated in the western side of Los Angeles, it is surrounded by Bel-Air, equally affluent Holmby Hills and Santa Monica mountains.
Hailed as the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood comprises a studio and a theme park. It is one of the fun places to go in Los Angeles with kids, as you would be getting a studio tour, many rides and shows, photos ops with your favorite stars (like Shrek, Simpsons, Scooby Doo and many more) along with fine dining and shopping extravaganza.
Queen Mary Long Beach
The Queen Mary in the Long Beach is a retired oceanliner which is permanently anchored at the Long Beach. Nowadays, it is operated as a museum ship and hotel. The ship is enlisted in the National Register of historical places and is a major tourist attraction. Read more on things to do in Los Angeles.
Fort MacArthur Museum
This former army installation in San Pedro was converted into a museum in 1985 as a dedication to the Fort MacArthur, a US Army post which defended the harbor of Los Angeles from the year 1914 to 1974. Displays and exhibits of the World War era, military campaigns, Los Angeles harbor defenses are showcased in the rooms, corridors, galleries of this museum. It has also become a subject of speculation after rumors spread that ghosts of World War heroes are haunting the place.