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What to see in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Attractions


Sightseeing in LA presents certain challenges. For one, the city is immense, stretching out in every direction, and its various attractions are often miles apart. Also, since it's an agglomeration of small and previously separate towns, LA lacks a definite focal point, making it hard to get to grips with the city's character.

The best way to go about your sightseeing is to use the various tour buses that connect the attractions, or hail a taxicab. Unless you are a thrill seeker, avoid driving and public transport, especially at night. LA is a year-round destination, although it can get pretty hot during the summer months of July to September. Key sights are the tours of the great movie production houses of Universal Studios and Warner Brothers, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the original Disneyland, and the vibrant beach communities of Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

If you're in town for a few days it might be worth purchasing the Go Los Angeles Card which gives you free entry to over 35 attractions, as well as shopping and dining discounts, free tours and a guidebook. From $45 per day. Tel: (1)800 887 9103 or purchase online at www.golosangelescard.com.


Beach Communities

The miles of sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean are a celebration of the Californian lifestyle with distinct neighbourhoods…

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Celebrity Gravesites

Hollywood's celebrities are a major tourist attraction in Los Angeles long after they're dead. Several cemeteries in…

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Disneyland Resort

Claiming to be 'The Happiest Place on Earth', Disneyland is an integral part of an American childhood and was the world's…

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Getty Center

It is said that the Getty Center in Brentwood, Los Angeles is less a museum with artworks inside, than an artwork with…

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Getty Villa

Originally completed in 1974, then rebuilt in 1997, the Getty Villa is a faithful replica of a Roman villa that was buried…

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Griffith Park and Observatory

The Griffith Park extends for 4,210 acres (17 km²) of well-kept public grounds and is often referred to as the 'Central…

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Hollywood

Los Angeles is the film and entertainment capital of the world and the name 'Hollywood' is the embodiment of glamour,…

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Knott's Berry Farm

When Walter Knott began selling berries, berry plants and pies from a roadside stand beside State Route 39 in the 1920s…

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La Brea Tar Pits

One of the world's most significant fossil sites, the tar pits in central Los Angeles have revealed fossils of plant…

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Los Angeles Zoo

Located within the Griffith Park area, the Los Angeles Zoo is a large facility boasting 1,100 animals from around the…

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Magicopolis

Fantasy and illusion come alive at Magicopolis, where magic, music and special effects inspire awe and wonder. The shows…

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Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles is Universal Studios Hollywood, reputedly the world's biggest film…

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

It's worth heading into downtown Los Angeles to see this strange Frank Gehry-designed concert hall. The silver-plated…

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West LA

West LA is famous for its trend-setting style; the place where the 'stars' live, shop and go out on the town. The area…

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