Places to visit in Los Angeles

Top Things to Do in Los Angeles, CA

Places to Visit in Los Angeles

Go celeb-spotting in Hollywood, or behind-the-scenes of your fave films at Universal Studios. Then, hit the beaches or Griffith Observatory for views for days.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at Los Angeles.


Top Attractions in Los Angeles

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From quick jaunts to full-day outings.




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What travellers are saying

  • Stephanie C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been here like 5 times tryna take advantage of my season pass it’s so fun I always have fun here along with going on the rides and meeting the characters I have to much fun. I recommend coming here.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Dawn K
    Cheshunt, UK45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views across the whole of LA - including the Hollywood sign. The actual Planetarium didn't open until 12pm, and we arrived around 10ish by Uber - but you can walk all around the grounds and don't forget to climb up onto the roof for even better views! Free water fountains, but their cafe wasn't open (probably opened with the Planetarium) so take your own coffee/sandwiches if you're going up there early!
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • M M
    Australia87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Getty Museum is an absolute must do when in L.A.
    Free entry to see the world’s largest private collection of art.
    Something for everyone here, plan on spending a good 4 hours viewing the art and magnificent gardens.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Alex S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Engineering and Gun tours - both of which need to be scheduled well in advance. The tours are small group for a reason. You will go through all sorts of spaces well off the beaten path and NOT part of the general admission tour. These were incredibly informative and interesting. You will get a workout going up and down a variety of narrow and steep stairs. That shouldn't dissuade anyone as this is part of life on the ship. Another benefit to the small tour group limit is that you can ask nearly as many questions as you can think of. The docents had an accurate answer for each and every one that our group asked. You'll get something out of these tours even if you aren't a military/ship nut. At the least, you'll get to imagine how 70+ crew manned one turret or how they bunked in some pretty tight places. Truly a great tour experience!
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • Tammi S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even if you are not a car person but appreciate nice cars, you will enjoy this visit. We did the VIP vault tour and then the regular museum. The tour guide was knowledge beyond us. He did seem to be on a schedule and a little curt at times. We ended the tour early so I am not sure why he rushed some people in the group. Amazing cars! My son loved the batman cars/cycle and I loved Sally from Cars. The circle door car, the historical cars, the one of a kinds...worth the admission. Thank you
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Shalone M
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the crowds the arena was clean and held at a good temperature. We arrived an hour early and were able to find our seats quickly. The line for the main merchandise store was extremely long.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • myle tan
    Romblon Island, Philippines275 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can take a very zoomed in picture at the griffith observatory if you want to. After the sign its nothing else
    Written 28 December 2023
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  • Rachel S
    Las Vegas, NV476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you come to Los Angeles, you have to stop by the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum at least once.

    This was my second time visiting the tar pits and the entire outdoor area is under renovation to have more viewing areas of the naturally occuring pools of pitch / tar / asphalt (or "brea" in Spanish.)

    While it is free to walk around the grounds, be aware that a not insignificant amount of people bring their bloodsport dogs to the grounds. I've seen these dogs pull on their leash and lunge at small children. The city or whomever runs the outside area needs a strict service-dogs only policy for the safety of visitors.

    The entire grounds sit atop naturally occuring tar pits, so there are cones in the parking lot and grounds where some of this tar is starting to come up in places outside of the fenced off pits. I saw people putting sticks in this tar and messing around with it. I'd avoid doing that for health and safety reasons. Watch where you're stepping!

    The museum does cost money for a nominal fee. The world's largest collection of bird fossils and late pleistocene era fossils are in the museum. On Fridays there are people in the laboratory cleaning up the fossils pulled from the pits, as excavations are still ongoing.

    While the museum isn't huge, it is popular with families and school groups. Be warned if you don't want to run into field trips of loud kids - stick to early morning week days.

    If you're the type of person who doesn't read, sure, you could be in and out quickly. If you read placards and want to watch the film, budget at least 2 hours.

    Overall, I think it's definitely worth coming to visit at least once, even if you don't have kids.

    Visited: March 2024
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • William O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This spot is ideal for enjoying some people-watching, exploring shops, or catching a film, with regular events and performances, especially during festive seasons. Expect it to be bustling during holidays, with long waits for Santa pictures. A heads-up on parking: it's challenging, and you should steer clear of using the Whole Foods lot to visit the Grove to avoid a parking fine.

    Be cautious of scammers while you're out shopping. A notable example includes a woman with a child, both clad in winter gear, who was assertively requesting $10 contributions, showing displeasure towards those who declined. Their demeanor didn't suggest they were in need, particularly as she was on her phone while soliciting donations.
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • Gints K
    Riga, Latvia191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Park to relax and to see Los Angelos from top. We started the trip from Los Angelos Zoo by ascending to the top of hill - there are water refill stations with fresh tasty water if you get thirsty. At the top of the hill, it was quiet, and you could relax watching eagles. As you get closer to Griffith observatory, you start to see sign of Hollywood. And from Griffith observatory there is a bus free of charge that will take you to the metro station. Griffith Park info station was kind of open, but nobody was inside, so it was more like on self-serve basis.

    The fun fact - after walking and walking around the park at the end we stumbled on a sign which warned about rattle snakes in park, but we did not see any snakes.
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • Tyson C
    San Juan Capistrano, CA570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came for an orchestra, it was a great venue. If you can obviously sit close, but not too close. Maybe 4-6 rows back so you can see the whole thing. Overall its a wonderful venue.
    Written 23 March 2024
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  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, MD125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is a certain chill vibe to this beach that is different from its neighbor Santa Monica beach to the north. Still at daytime it felt safe. Lots of people exercising or strolling, just doing their own thing. This beach is about acceptance and tolerance, as long as you go in thinking that way, you’ll enjoy it. For example, there’s a scent of cannabis lingering always. The retail stores (many of them renting bikes or motorized vehicles, incense, tattoo, etc) are eclectic and fun to see but not necessarily to buy. Funny that this is where Barbie and Ken arrived in the movie. The skate park is fun to watch the skills and creativeness in front of you especially when the sun sets. Within a block from the beach there are private parking lots - we paid $10 for 3 hour - but we prob could have found the public parking.
    Written 12 April 2024
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