Many call it the greatest city in America - and there is ample evidence to support this statement, as there are well over a hundred different tourist attractions in Los Angeles. You can find everything and anything somewhere in this city, which is why it is well-loved the world over as one of America's best tourist destinations.
The Hollywood Sign
Los Angeles Attractions
Not many people actually make the journey up into the hills to see the most famous of Los Angeles attractions, but the sign is still one of the focal points in a city full of photo-ops - no matter where you go, the legendary Hollywood sign remains the icon of Los Angeles, a reference point not only for the city, but for an entire industry.
One of the few Los Angeles attractions that
do not revolve around the entertainment industry,
the Page Museum is noted for its look back into
history. Way, way back into history. Fossils pulled
from the La Brea
Tar Pits give visitors a glimpse into the
city circa the Ice Age, with replicas of woolly
mammoths and saber-toothed cats around every corner.
The interior includes an excavation site that
is still in the process of being completed, so
you get an up close look at what goes into fossil
extraction, making this one of the most invigorating
and fascinating attractions in Los Angeles. And
you are almost guaranteed not to see any movie
Getty Center Los Angeles
Another of the Los Angeles tourist attractions that stresses creative expression, the Getty Center is home to gardens and art galleries featuring some of the world’s best painters and sculptors. Spread across 110 acres, this is one of the more rewarding attractions in Los Angeles.
Griffith Park Observatory Image: Griffith Observatory
This immense park, an oasis in the urban jungle
of Los Angeles, is located in the Santa Monica
Mountains. And it's not just trails and gardens
and open space. Though the highlight of Griffith
is often the LA Zoo, there are plenty of other
Los Angeles tourist attractions located within
the park’s 4100 acres -, the Greek Theater,
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the LA Equestrian
Center and (of course) the Griffith Observatory.
A respite from the haphazard urban atmosphere
of the city, this is the definitely the most relaxing
of the many attractions in Los Angeles.
Catalina Island View
What Coronado Island is to San Diego, Catalina is to Los Angeles. A short jaunt from the city, Catalina Island is a well-traveled haven that might be small in area, but never short on things to do. Laid out to approximate a small Mediterranean city, it’s a stretch of the imagination to think the L.A. is less than twenty miles in your rear view mirror.
La Cienega Boulevard
One of the best Los Angeles attractions is its noted nightlife, and the bars and clubs found on and around La Cienega are some of the hippest. Just wander the boulevard, listen for the usual sounds of urban midnight and you will find a great place to hang out until closing time comes around.
Universal Studios City Walk Image: Travis Conklin
The theme park that winds its way through cinematic
history, the Jaws and King Kong rides have been
around for years, and remain some of the strongest
Los Angeles tourist attractions. Though certainly
not cheap (think Disneyland
prices), Universal Studios is perfect for both
families and anyone else who loves getting lost
in amusement parks.