Los Angeles is the city of dreams for many. It is the center of American entertainment industry, Hollywood. It is always sunny in Golden State of California, and you will never run out of things to do in Los Angeles all-year round.
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1. Walk with the Stars at Hollywood Walk of Fame
This unique monument along the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard is one of the must see attractions in Hollywood. The names of the stars that made their mark in the entertainment industry are embedded in a five point star brass-made monument. There are more than 2000 stars on the walk of fame. As you walk along you will pass by several famous attractions like the Dholby and Chinese theaters. Around this area, there are dressed characters from your favorite Hollywood movies. They will ask for a dollar if you like to take a picture.
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How to get there: Take a metro and alight at Hollywood/Highland station. You’ll see the Walk of Fame as soon as you walk out of the station.
2. Get a tan at Sta. Monica Beach
This iconic beach made famous by the TV series Bay Watch is enjoyed by visitors around the world year round. Aside from the 3-mile long beach, rolling waves that are great for surfing, bike and walking paths there are several attractions to enjoy in Santa Monica Pier. There are a small theme park, several restaurants, and retail establishments. Enjoy the Pacific sunset after a long day at the beach.
How to get there: You can take the Hop-on hop off bus from Hollywood Walk of Fame. This will take you to several must see places in Los Angeles including Sta. Monica beach. You can also take a metro bus and alight in front Sta. Monica beach.
3. Explore the Venice Beach Board Walk
Just beside Santa Monica beach is the equally famous Venice Beach. The boardwalk is what most people bring to this place. You’ll see unbelievable stunts, people playing music, medical marijuana and anything being sold just to make ends meet. It’s lively and entertaining.
How to get there: Just walk or cycle south of Santa Monica beach.
4. See the Hollywood Sign
One of the most photographed icons in the world, your visit in Los Angeles is not complete without spotting the Hollywood sign. It is mostly visible from all over the city, so you will not miss a spot. It is illegal to get close to the sign. It’s guarded by gates, park rangers, and security cameras. A convenient spot is from Hollywood and Highland shopping mall, just outside the metro station.
How to get there: Take a metro and alight at Hollywood/Highland station. Go inside the mall and take a lift or escalator to the connecting bridge/viewing deck.
5. Studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
Never miss this on your list of things to do in Los Angeles, make sure to visit this entertainment capital of LA. Unlike other franchises of Universal Studios Theme Park around the world, this theme park’s best attraction in LA is the studio tour. You will ride a tram, and it will take you behind the scenes of several TV series and movies produced in Hollywood. It’s surprising that some of the places that looked like a real neighborhood in some TV series are shot in the studio. My favorite attraction of the studio tour is the King Kong 360 3-D. It will take you to the recreated version of Skull Island, from Peter Jackson’s award-winning remake of King Kong. The effects are awesome, and you’ll feel like you’re in the movie being tossed around like King Kong and the T-Rex engaged in an epic battle.
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How to get there: Take a metro and alight at the Universal City station. Across the street from the subway station and the bus stop is a free Universal Studios shuttle bus. This free shuttle will take you to the main entrances of Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk Hollywood.
6. Spot a celebrity in Beverly Hills
If you’re a huge fan of Hollywood celebrities, this might top your list of thing to do in Los Angeles. This place also known as 90210 due to its zip code is home to many celebrities in Hollywood. There are tours you can join to visit the houses of some of the big names in Hollywood’s entertainment industry. If you have a taste for luxury brands, you can walk to Rodeo drive, and you might spot some celebrities while shopping.
How to get there: Close to Hollywood Boulevard, you can take a taxi or hop-on hop off bus and alight at Beverly Hills or Rodeo Drive.
7. Explore the landmarks in Downtown LA
One of my favorite movie, 500 Days of Summer was mostly shot in Downtown LA. I’m so delighted to see the locations where some of the scenes were shot, such as the Continental Building in South Spring Street and Tom’s bench in Bunker Hill. Aside from several movies shot in Downtown Los Angeles, there are also other iconic place to visit here that hosts regular events such as the the Staple Center, home of Los Angeles Lakers or the Nokia Theater (now known as the Microsoft Theater) which is famous for music events such as American Idol Finale and MTV Video Music Awards.
How to get there: Several metro buses will bring you to Downtown LA from any point in Los Angeles. From your starting point, you can just walk around the city to see the famous landmarks. There are several more things to do in Los Angeles, and it is more convenient when riding a Hop-on Hop-off bus.
About the Writer
Jaypee Licudan is a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. He’s a traveler and writer for Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog and has been to over 30 countries across four continents. He’s major long term goal is to go back to the Philippines for a long time travel to discover the hidden gems of his home country. Follow his blog: The Rustic Nomad
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