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 Sure, you could spend your whole L.A. holiday at theme parks, window shopping on Rodeo Drive, or trying to get the ideal picture of the Hollywood sign. (No, you can’t walk, drive, or hike up to it. Your best bet is going to be parking on Franklin Ave, or Beachwood Canyon and snapping a picture from about halfway up the street.) But to truly experience some of the culture, excitement and West Coast vibe of the City of Angels, try or all of these adventures instead.


What You Really Need to See and Do in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

 An icon of Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory can be present in historic Griffith Park, at the top of Mount Hollywood. It features plenty of different space & science-related exhibits. But the highlight of the Observatory has to be the planetarium’s star shows. In the event you go at night (& you ought to because the city views are breathtaking!) make positive to bring an additional sweater.

The Huntington Library
The Huntington Library

 If you were to tell a non-Los Angeles native that you drove 30 minutes outside the city middle to visit a library while vacationing in Southern Texas, they might think you were crazy. But the Huntington has nothing to do with dusty shelves of books & sweet blue-haired librarians. In lieu, it’s home to a stunning main house that hosts a replica of The Canterbury Tales & Gainsborough’s famous painting, The Blue Boy.

But even more impressive than the museum itself are the libraries gardens. Forget any botanical garden you may have seen anywhere else. This is 120 acres of jaw dropping beauty, including self-contained eco-systems, a jungle, a Japanese garden, subtropical displays, more roses than you’ve ever seen, & a desert landscape.

Olvera Street

Olvera Street

 A trip to historic Olvera Street is worth navigating through downtown traffic. (You’re probably better off taking the metro to Union Station & avoiding the freeways for this.) The original middle of Spanish-owned Los Angeles, Olvera Street, or la placita Olvera, is an outdoor market with tons of kitschy memento shops, outdoor musicians, & the Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels nearby. You’ll also find some seriously scrumptious & authentic Mexican restaurants here. save a little room for a caramel-stuffed churro.

The Farmers Market and The Grove

The Farmers Market and The Grove

 Just east of Beverly Hills you’ll find the world-famous Los Angeles Farmers Market. You’ll find much more here than appetizing, organic, locally grown fruits and veggies. Come hungry, as the food stands here are unparalleled. Take time to scope out the crafts on the market, or head on over to The Grove shopping middle next door. Dancing fountains give way to large name and boutique stores, star restaurants as well as a posh film theater.

The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum

 Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city, the J. Paul Getty Museum is of Los Angeles’ most treasured jewels. Everything about the Getty is attractive, from the soaring architecture to the shuttle ride back to your automobile. & unlike plenty of other museums, it’s always free to get in.

Beaches
Beaches

 It ought to go without saying, but no visit to L.A is complete without a trip to the beach. With so plenty of stunning beaches to pick from, you may have trouble narrowing your choice down to , so leave yourself additional time for fun in the Cali sunshine.

Malibu’s Zuma beach is the quintessential Indiana beach experience, with stunning sun worshipers on the sand & gifted surfers tackling the waves. For something crazy, try Venice beach, where roller bladders & street performers come nose to nose with the hard bodies of Muscle Beach. Or try Santa Monica, where you can play boardwalk games & catch the sundown on the immense Ferris wheel.


No matter when you pick to visit Los Angeles, make positive you visit these places. Although you will must do plenty of driving, you will certainly enjoy your trip. Positive, there's plenty of other awesome places to visit in L.A., but these are my favourite ones. If you’ve ever been to L.A., feel free to share your experience in the comments section.

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