The City of Los Angeles is the entertainment
capital of the world, a cultural centre boasting more than 100 museums, and a paradise of idyllic
weather. This sprawling Southern California city is
the centre of the nation’s film and television industry and is located in a large basin bounded
by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 3,000 meters on the other. With a population of about 4 million people,
each neighbourhood offers something different to explore and discover. The weather in Los Angeles is mostly sun,
sun, sun, with year-round heat, but there are microclimates, meaning the daytime temperatures
can vary as much as 20 °C between inland areas. Hollywood was established in 1853 and was
actually a thriving agricultural community. These days the farming tools have been replaced
by sidewalk stars and neon lights, with the area producing movies and television shows
since the early 1900s. Los Angeles has an exhaustive array of things
to do and if you’re a film buff, vintage Hollywood is a must-see. Some classic attractions in the area include
the Hollywood Sign, the Getty Centre, Universal Studios Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. Before we get into the top 10 things to do
in Los Angeles, we’ve included links in the description to various discount codes
and links to resources of things to do, so make sure you check those out. 10) At number 10 take a trip to Universal
Studios Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio
and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County. One of the most popular attractions in the
Los Angeles area, Universal Studios Hollywood features rides and amusements based on some
of the most popular scenes and characters from film and television. The rides are guaranteed to thrill and make
you feel like you are in the movie. Visitors can get a behind the scenes look
at moviemaking secrets and experience the award winning King Kong 360 3D on the world
famous Studio Tour. Then explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle
and visit the shops of Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests can fight to survive in a world overrun
by hungry walkers in the Walking Dead attraction. This amazing amusement park is open daily
and facilities found inside include restrooms, food and beverage concessions, gift shops
and the WaterWorld stage. The whole family will love this attraction
and it is an absolute must for any visitors to Los Angeles. 9) At number 9 is Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical
Gardens Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a
lush oasis tucked into the hills of Griffith Park, featuring species from around the world. Visit the Los Angeles Zoo to see your favourite
animals, learn about wildlife conservation, and enjoy an entertaining day with friends
and family at this wondrous attraction. Visitors can participate in keeper’s talks
and presentations, the world of birds show, or see what elephant care looks like. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
opened on November 28, 1966 and is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians
and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection
comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species from cactus and
succulents, to roses and dense bamboo forests. The Los Angeles Zoo continues to be a popular
attraction in L.A. but the zoo’s size of 133 acres, plus a huge parking lot, means that
it rarely feels busy. 8) Number 8 is Griffith Park As the largest municipal park in Los Angeles,
Griffith Park protects acres of mountains and canyons at the eastern end of the Santa
Monica Mountains. It’s a remarkable stretch of rough, hilly
wilderness in the heart of an enormous urban area and it’s also home to a wealth of culture. Griffith Park spans over 4,210 acres of landscaped
parkland, wild oak trees and untouched terrain. For those who want to do more than explore
the many acres of land, or walk the 53 miles of hiking trails, a trip to the observatory
is a must. Here you can look through one of the world’s
most famous telescopes and observe the stars above. Other activities in the park include horse
riding, a visit to the L.A. Zoo, a round of golf, catch a show at the Greek Theatre, or
take a walk for an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign. 7) Number 7 is Madame Tussauds Hollywood Famed Madame Tussauds Hollywood is Los Angeles’
premiere Hollywood destination offering guests the opportunity to interact with incredibly
lifelike iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. Meet Tinseltown’s biggest A-list stars, movie
directors, music legends, and more at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, Madame Tussauds
Hollywood is the place where you can take centre stage with all your favourite stars. Get up close and experience stardom like never
before with over 125 incredibly life like figures from the celebrity worlds of film
and television without velvet ropes or barriers. Take a trip down memory lane with some of
Hollywood’s original stars. Saddle up and shoot the breeze with Clint
Eastwood and John Wayne, check out Bette Davis’ eyes, and strike a pose with Marilyn Monroe. Immerse yourself in history and culture, and
meet the famous and infamous iconic stars. 6) At number 6 get arty at The Getty Centre The Getty Centre is one of the most impressive
architectural achievements in the United States and it also contains some of the finest works
of art in the world. The circular concrete and steel structure
was designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, and it houses an abundance of art from
various ages and nations. This spectacular museum boasts a most impressive
collection containing works by notable artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, along
with the architectural triumph of its six buildings and gardens. There is also a permanent collection of paintings
to view at the Centre including many pre-20th century pieces. If you like sculptures there are four pavilions
divided up by their era. The museum also offers spectacular views of
Los Angeles on clear days. But best of all, entry to the museum is free
and no reservations are required. Available facilities include coffee carts,
two cafes, a restaurant, gift shops and a garden with more than 500 different kinds
of plants. 5) Fifth is a visit to ‘The Most Famous
Sign In The World’ The Hollywood Sign is one of LA’s most iconic
signs and is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world. It may also be the only major landmark whose
status was completely unintended. It was originally built in 1924 to promote
the Hollywoodland real estate development in the foothills of Mt. Lee, a neighbourhood
now known as Beachwood Canyon. The idea behind the sign was that Hollywood
was a place where magic was possible and dreams could come true. The 50 foot tall billboard, placed on the
south-facing side of Mt. Lee 1000 feet above the city, was originally lit with 4,000 light
bulbs and was only designed to last until all the property was sold. Now a cultural icon overlooking Hollywood
the Hollywood Sign is more than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name,
it’s one of the world’s most evocative symbols and a universal metaphor for ambition, success
and glamour. 4) At number 4 is the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is an
art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1965, the Museum has
been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition
to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art lays
claim to being the largest art museum in the western United States with objects displayed
in six buildings over a 20-acre campus. With almost 130,000 pieces spanning from antiquity
through to modern times, the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art and Latin American
art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary
artists. There is also a brilliant collection of outdoor
sculptures and artwork to enjoy that rank among the most popular photo opportunities
in the city. Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass allows you
to walk under a 340-ton boulder, while Penetrabile by Jesus Rafael Soto is an irresistible magnet
of swaying plastic noodles in front of the Ahmanson Building. This huge complex consists of a number of
separate buildings that have been acquired and renovated over the years and definitely
deserve a visit. 3) At number 3 find some fossils at La Brea
Tar Pits Right in the heart of the Los Angeles are
the La Brea Tar Pits that are considered one of the most famous fossil localities in the
world. Although the pits look like the set of a movie,
hot tar has been bubbling from the earth at this spot along Museum Row in the Miracle
Mile for about 40,000 years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves,
or water and over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of trapped animals. The tar pits have yielded one of the biggest
collections of Ice Age fossils in the world, and more than 600 species have been found,
from snakes and molluscs to sloths and mountain lions. The first excavations at the tar pits began
in the early 20th century, and if you visit today, you’re still likely to see scientists
preserving bones or digging in the asphalt. Sticky asphalt is a difficult to clean off
the bones, but it also keeps them in pristine condition. This means scientists can look at features
as subtle as the markings on teeth. Visitors can experience the worlds only active,
urban Ice Age excavation site and see science in action, right in the heart of Los Angeles. 2) At number 2 is Aquarium of the Pacific Located along Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbour,
the Aquarium of the Pacific is Southern California’s largest aquarium. Founded in June 1998, the Aquarium displays
over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific
Ocean. Visitors can marvel at majestic marine life
and get up close to fearsome sharks, adorable penguins, alien like jellyfish, poison arrow
frogs and more. There are rock pools and touch-tanks where
you can handle some of the creatures, while the Tropical Pacific Gallery will dazzle you
with stunning seahorses, sea dragons, vibrant coral and clown fish as well as sea turtles. Then learn about the science of marine biology
and oceanic conservation at interactive exhibitions and talks. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features
art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences
and make science accessible. In addition to public programs and exhibits,
the Aquarium is involved in numerous conservation efforts, including sustainable seafood, watershed
education, ocean literacy and more. 1) At number 1 take a walk along ‘The Hollywood
Walk Of Fame’ The Hollywood Walk of Fame is such an attraction
that every year, approximately 24 ceremonies are broadcast to keen viewers around the world. In these ceremonies the latest addition to
the walk has their star placed into the pavement. It is completely free to come and see the
walk and if you are lucky you will even get to see a new star being installed. Over 2,600 stars span across 2.4 miles of
Hollywood Boulevard to make this an iconic walk. Spot your favourite actors, musicians, directors
and more as you stroll along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine
Street. With so many five pointed brass stars glittering
up from the sidewalks, this infamous strip is a must-see in Los Angeles, find the star
you’re looking for and snap a photo with it! So that sums up our top 10 things to do in
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