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Los Angeles City Trip - Attractions

Watts Towers, a collection of monumental artwork reaching nearly 100 feet in height, in Los Angeles


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What to See & Do in Los Angeles

Here are Los Angeles' top attractions at a glance, including museums, sightseeing and historical landmarks.

 

SHOPPING


Peruse the boutiques on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California

Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills

Find glamorous boutiques such as Gucci, Armani and Tiffany & Co.

Hollywood & Highland

Hollywood

The epicenter of new Hollywood features historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards.

Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica

This recently renovated shopping center at the end of the Third Street Promenade features trendy boutique clothing stores and an expansive plaza filled with public art.

Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica

A great outdoors place to stroll and shop for anything and everything.

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MUSEUMS


An outdoor sculpture called That Profile at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Brentwood
310-440-7300

One of the world's greatest art museums, the Richard Meier-designed hilltop masterpiece offers not only a remarkable collection but one of the city's greatest urban spaces.

Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu
310-440-7300

Sparkling after a nine-year renovation, the former estate of John Paul Getty is a unique venue in which to view one of the world's greatest collections of antiquities.

Huntington Library, Art Collection & Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino
626-405-2141

From famous Gainsborough paintings to original Lincoln manuscripts to expansive botanical gardens, this venue is one of L.A.'s greatest cultural assets.

Hollywood Museum
Max Factor Building
1660 Highland Ave.
323-464-7766

An incredible collection of 5,000 Hollywood artifacts makes this a truly entertaining walk through Hollywood history.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena
626-449-6840

A Frank Gehry-designed sculpture garden is the recent addition to this manageably sized museum that boasts a particularly strong collection of impressionists.

SIGHTSEEING


The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic

TOURific Escapes
424-248-8687

A new approach to Los Angeles city tours for visitors and locals alike, with sightseeing and food tours of Hollywood and Santa Monica featuring unique food tastings, celebrity chef restaurants and landmark eateries.

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena
626-395-6811

A quiet campus where Einstein frequently visited and where today's top astrophysicists call home, Caltech is one of America's most prestigious educational institutions.

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Park
2800 E. Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles
213-473-0800

This historical planetarium, which underwent a four-year renovation from 2002 to 2006, offers dramatic exhibits for anybody who has ever looked above in wonder.

The Ice House
24 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena
626-577-1894

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena
818-354-4321

A visit to JPL is a must for anybody who has ever stared at the heavens or wonders what the surface of Mars looks like close up.

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood
323-308-6300

Located on Hollywood and Highland, the Dolby Theatre is the official home of the Academy Awards, and boasts a full calendar of events. Tours are available.

Malibu Lumber Yard
3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu

Experience the laidback vibe of Malibu at this retail and dining destination. It's a great place to enjoy the outdoors, do some shopping and view the amazing fish tanks that line the main deck located in the Lumbar Yard's center court.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier is home to the world's only solar-powered ferris wheel and offers plenty of entertainment at its amusement park. A fun place to stroll and buy snacks and knick-knacks, especially with kids.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
151 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
213-972-4399

Frank Gehry's stainless steel-clad landmark represents the current renaissance of downtown L.A. Several tour options are available.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles
213-680-5200

This beautiful contemporary cathedral features a glorious art collection. Self-guided tours are offered.

Chinatown
Between Cesar Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring Streets
Los Angeles

Ornate Chinese architecture and a plethora of gift shops and Chinese restaurants are found in a festive atmosphere.

Los Angeles Conservancy
523 W. Sixth St.
213-623-2489

Dedicated to preserving the city's heritage, this non-profit organization offers tours of historic L.A. buildings and neighborhoods.

Watts Towers
1727 East 107th St.
213-847-4646

This collection of monumental artwork reaching nearly 100 feet in height was built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921 and 1954. Check out GAYOT's photo gallery.

HISTORICAL SPOTS


The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is a National Historic Landmark

Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St.
Los Angeles
323-933-9211

A charming local landmark, the Farmers Market features over 100 fresh produce and specialty food stalls, as well as a wealth of casual dining opportunities. Meeting at the market is an L.A. tradition.

Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood
323-464-8111

The most historic of all Hollywood theaters, with hand and foot prints of stars out front. The original theater has been divided into several smaller theaters, but seeing a movie here is still a thrill.

Olvera Street
At El Pueblo de Los Angeles
on Alameda Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets
Los Angeles
213-485-8437

Discover the origins of the city of Los Angeles, enhanced with a colorful display of Mexican culture.

Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena
626-577-3100

Built in 1922, the Rose Bowl is the most historic of all of America's great stadiums. It's not just a great place to watch a ball game, but to also experience a bit of Americana.

Gamble House
4 Westmorland Pl.
Pasadena
626-793-3334

Built in 1908, this is one of the most storied examples of the Arts & Crafts architectural movement. Tours are available.

Richard Riordan Central Public Library
630 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles
213-228-7000

Restored to its original grandeur, this grand library features rotating art exhibits, dramatic Egyptian-inspired architecture and formal gardens.

Union Station
800 N. Alameda Ave.
Los Angeles

One of the last of America's grand railroad stations, this is a prime destination for anybody interested in architecture or L.A. history. Or board a train to Santa Barbara!


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