Los Angeles is as iconic as the stars who live there. Not only is it the legendary home of entertainment, but it’s also home to some of the most well-known landmarks in America. To help you get started planning your first trip to tinsel town, We’ve highlighted some of the must-see sights to add to your itinerary. It was challenging to narrow down our list, but we think we hit the top spot; please let us know if you have some we should include.
Our 8 best things to see and do in Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park
Whether you knew what it was or not, you have seen the Griffith Observatory in movies and on TV before. A popular filming location, the Griffith Observatory not only offers panoramic views of LA but also has a considerable planetarium and free telescopes you can use at night. Built per the request of Griffith Jenkins Griffith. He donated the land and money in his will with specific instructions that an observatory, planetarium, and exhibit hall be built. You can find a statue of his likeness in the park.
Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre
Suppose you want to see your favorite “stars” up close, head for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here is where you can see the handprints and signatures of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Who doesn’t love to walk and check out all the names? It’s always interesting to see what symbol is on the star. Symbols range from classic film, phonograph, television, radio, and theatre/acting. Do you have a favorite?
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The LACMA is both fun and educational. The museum has hosted countless famous and up-and-coming artists and showcases artifacts from all over the world.
Santa Monica Pier
Los Angeles has the best of both worlds when it comes to the beach and the mountains. For a fun afternoon along the Pacific Ocean, head for the Santa Monica Pier, which features beautiful views, an amusement park, and excellent seafood restaurants.
Original Farmers Market and The Grove
Just south of West Hollywood is the original LA farmer’s market. Founded in 1934, the market provides fresh produce and yummy snacks for both locals and tourists. This is a definite must-stop location. The food options are fantastic, and the history that surrounds can’t be beaten.
Paramount Pictures Studio
If you want to get up close to all the movie-making action, take a tour of the Paramount Studios. As the fifth oldest studio in the world and the largest in LA, you can learn about the magic of the movies from behind the scenes.
Are you ready to do some shopping? If so, head for the legendary Rodeo Drive. Even if you’re just window shopping, you’ll be mesmerized by all the glamorous stores that line the streets. The cars parked along the street are also cool to check out—usually parked by dealerships to garnish attention. But sometimes, you’ll see someone who owns them.
Runyon Canyon Park
If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, head for the hills and enjoy a hike through the Runyon Canyon Park. Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, the top of the canyon has sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.
Whether you want a picture with the Beverly Hills sign or the Hollywood sign in the background, there are lots to see and do in Los Angeles. We love the farm-to-table options available throughout LA but also the historical locations you’ve heard about from the stars. Everything from seafood to hot dogs, famous burgers, and more. When you’re ready to plan your trip to Los Angeles, contact us. We’d love to mix a little history and culture with the glitz and glam of Hollywood for you.