With so much to see and do, Los Angeles can be overwhelming to the first time visitor, especially if time is tight. Don’t expect to cover everything in one trip! The following is a selection of the most popular attractions, with a little something for everyone.
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience!
Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, enjoy thrilling rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies, including the greatest battle you’ll ever ride in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. Plus, join the mischievous Minions on an epic adventure you’ll never forget in the all-new 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
End your day at Universal CityWalk® with acres of L.A.’s hottest entertainment – from indoor skydiving to live music, movies, clubs and mouth-watering food – why would you go anywhere else?
Universal CityWalk. Always Unexpected.
Street performers, tattoo artists, novelty vendors, Gen-X nomads, hippies, people-watchers and freaks of all kinds come together to create this unique bazaar you have to explore at least once.
Being the first theme park in the world, Disneyland materializes every sugary, colorful fantasy there is. As you step into this magical land you will be meet by famous Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Anna & Elsa, Cinderella, Peter Pan just to name a few.
Welcome to the happiest place on earth – homage to an imagination.
Spread over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the United States and has been used as the backdrop for several movies, including "Batman" and "Jurassic Park." It houses the Griffith Park Observatory, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Also within the park are the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Travel Town Transportation Museum. Fifty-three miles of picturesque hiking trails as well as swimming, biking and horseback riding ensure something for everyone. Griffith Park is also home to the Hollywood sign, which stands on Mt. Lee.
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has one of the finest permanent collections of contemporary art, as well as rotating exhibitions. There are two different centers, the main one being on Grand Avenue, which has a great gift shop and café. The Geffen Contemporary, situated in Little Tokyo, houses larger works and installations.
Between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive, you can indulge in all the glitz, glamour and spectacle of L.A. without traveling more than a few blocks. Sip a poolside or rooftop drink at exclusive bars, or hear live music at rock clubs like the Viper Room and House of Blues.
La Brea’s tar pits have thousands of animal bone and plant remains. Some of the fossils have been dated back to 40,000 years ago. Many of these are on view in this fascinating museum, including the remains of a 9,000-year-old woman! During the late summer, the outdoor excavation pits can be visited with experts demonstrating how the remains are recovered.
With its Frank Gehry-designed interior and wonderful collection of masterpieces by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Goya and Rodin, the Norton Simon is the best-kept secret in Los Angeles. The house is set in beautiful gardens and exhibits one of the most impressive private collections of American, European and Asian art in the world.