Los Angeles Places

TripWhat's travel guide to L.A.; our list of the best things to see, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and California Science Center IMAX.
  • The best place in Los Angeles: Universal Studios Hollywood

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio and theme park in the unincorporated Universal City community of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use.
    Beverly Glen food nearby
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    5905 Wilshire Blvd
    M/T/Th: 12:00pm-8:00pm, F: 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sat/Sun: 11:00am-8:00pm. $15. Has great permanent and changing exhibitions.
    Mid City West eat nearby
  • California Science Center IMAX

    California Science Center IMAX

    700 Exposition Park Dr
    Every day 10AM-5PM. Permanent exhibition galleries free. Best times to visit are weekdays after 1:30PM or weekends. Weekdays to 1:30PM are often busy.
    South Los Angeles restaurants nearby
  • Natural History Museum

    Natural History Museum

    900 Exposition Blvd
    Every day 9:30AM-5PM. $12. A crown jewel of Los Angeles' museums. A national leader in exhibitions, education and research, the Museum was L.A.'s first cultural institution to open its doors to the public in 1913. It is the largest natural and historical museum in the Western United States, safeguarding more than 35 million spectacular, diverse specimens and artifacts.
    South Los Angeles food nearby
  • Rodeo Drive

    Rodeo Drive

    famous streets in Beverly Hills
    Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, California is a shopping district known for designer label and haute couture fashion. The name generally refers to a three-block long stretch of boutiques and shops but the street stretches further north and south.
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  • Petersen Automotive Museum

    Petersen Automotive Museum

    6060 Wilshire Blvd
    Adults: $10, Seniors (62+), Active Military, Students: $5, Children (5-12): $3, Children (-5), Museum Members: free. Has a great display of rare cars, and the intersection outside is the site of the Biggie Smalls murder.
    Mid City restaurants nearby
  • Barnsdall Park

    Barnsdall Park

    4800 Hollywood Blvd
    A small hill with sweeping views and a Frank Lloyd Wright complex on top serves as an art park for the community.
    Los Feliz food nearby
  • La Brea Tar Pits

    La Brea Tar Pits

    5801 Wilshire Boulevard
    Free 1st Tu of the month, except July and August. Displays fossils of animals – including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths – that got stuck in tar pits during the Ice Age 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. Visitors can watch fossils being prepared. The Pleistocene Garden in Hancock Park, outside the Museum, has life-size replicas of extinct mammals.
    Mid City West eat nearby
  • Los Angeles Dodgers

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodger Stadium
    Who wouldn't want to grab a Dodger Dog and enjoy watching a game of baseball in this venerable stadium which opened in 1962 and home of 6 time world champions? Also, for $35 you can get all-you-can-eat hot dogs, sodas, and nachos at the Right Field Pavilion.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • California African American Museum

    California African American Museum

    600 State Dr
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Free.
    South Los Angeles food nearby
  • LA Kings

    LA Kings

    Staples Center
    LA's hockey team - One of the NHL's brightest young teams with stars like Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. A fun hockey experience and a great, affordable way to experience the Staples Center.
    South Park eat nearby
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    250 S Grand Ave
    $12, $7 student (includes admission to Geffen Contemporary). The permanent collection is fairly interesting, but the changing exhibitions can be more hit or miss. The museum has no 'traditional' art, so bring an open mind. The gift shop (free entrance) is fun for at least 20 minutes of wonder and awe.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo restaurants nearby
  • Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

    2301 North Highland Avenue
    America's most famous outdoor theatre hosts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as well as numerous other concert events. Traffic and parking can be a nightmare, so the $5 round-trip public shuttles [1] are highly recommended.
    Glendale food nearby
  • Feel immersed in a comic strip - over-the-top colorful architecture, talented street performers, dozens of restaurants (all price points), novelty shopping, an IMAX theater, and a NASCAR simulator. The outdoor "mall" is usually packed on weekends and summer nights, which adds to the energy and atmosphere. Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk hosts concerts from time to time.
    Beverly Glen eat nearby
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    You aren't going to 'see' much of JPL without a set of binoculars or a friend who works there. This is a national laboratory run by Caltech complete with a security check point. If you do have a connection to the place and can get a tour, the place is very interesting if you like space. JPL does have an annual Open House that is held on or around Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May). During this event it is open to the public, anyone can go at that time. Other times it is closed to the public at large.
    North Arroyo restaurants nearby
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Mon, Tues and Thurs: 12-8 PM, Fri: 12-9 PM, Sat, Sun: 11 AM -8 PM,Wed: CLOSED. •General Admission- $12,Seniors & College Students- $8,Under 18- Free, After 5 PM- Pay what you wish, Second Tuesday of every month- FREE, Target Holiday Mondays- FREE. Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography—and represents Los Angeles’ uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection—more than 100,000 works strong.
    Mid City West food nearby
  • Staples Center

    Staples Center

    Home to five of LA's pro sports franchises; Lakers (NBA), Kings (NHL), Clippers (NBA), Avengers (AFL), and Sparks (WNBA), plus many concerts, shows and conventions.
    South Park eat nearby
  • Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica Pier

    A bustling boardwalk whose huge Ferris Wheel is the city's icon. The long pier has an old-fashioned amusement park, with reasonable by-the-ride pricing, including a small roller coaster. The Pier has restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and some street performers. At almost all hours you'll find at least a few people fishing as well. The Santa Monica Pier has terrific coastline views of Malibu and the Southbay. The Pier is within easy walking distance to the Promenade.
    restaurants nearby
  • Downtown Art Walk

    Downtown Art Walk

    A free monthly self guided tour--and free walking tours, reservations required--held on the second Thursday of every month, to art galleries and museums in Downtown L.A.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo food nearby
  • Hollywood & Highland Center

    Hollywood & Highland Center

    6801 Hollywood Boulevard
    Home of the Kodak Theatre (where the Oscars are held) and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the 387,000-square-foot Hollywood & Highland center is also a major shopping destination.
  • The Links at Terranea Resort

    The Links at Terranea Resort

    100 Terranea Way
    9-hole par 3 course with beautiful ocean views. Perfect for a short business outing before lunch at one of the resort's 8 restaurants.
    restaurants nearby
  • Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour

    Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour

    3400 Riverside Dr
    M-F from 8:30AM until 4:00PM (extended hours in summer). Tours are conducted in twelve-person carts that visit the backlot sets, soundstages, production facilities, and the Warner Brothers museum. Reservations are offered for the first three tours each day and for the following day's tours, otherwise tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. $39 per person for the two hour and fifteen minute long standard tour, with a five hour deluxe tour offered for $125 per person.
    Glendale food nearby
  • Aquarium of the Pacific

    Aquarium of the Pacific

    100 Aquarium Way
    Daily 9AM-6PM, except December 25and the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. General Admission: Adult - $24.95, Child (3-11) - $13.95, Senior (62+) - $21.95. General Admission Plus Behind-The-Scenes Tour (ages 7 and up only): Adult - $38.95, Child (3-11) - $27.95, Senior (62+) - $35.95.. One of the largest aquariums in the United States, its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors through three regions of the Pacific Ocean: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. There is also a Combo package with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village.

    Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village.

    Take a trip to New England without ever leaving the Westside! This replica of a New England seaport and fishing town is the place to go to get out on the water. There are several companies to rent boats -- both sail and motor, kayaks, wind-surfboards and more. Charter a harbor cruise or reserve your place on one of the public dinner cruises or Sunday Champagne Brunch cruises. Or join one of the exciting fishing adventures with Marina del Rey Sportfishing's open party trips. Both 1/2 day and 3/4 day trips are available with rod rentals, tackle, bait and fishing licenses available. Enjoy waterfront dining, shop for souvenirs, or stroll along the cobblestone paths to enjoy views of the Marina. On the weekends (weather permitting) there are free outdoor concerts in the Lighthouse Plaza area. [17]
    Playa Vista restaurants nearby
  • Americana at Brand

    Americana at Brand

    Nice megacomplex
    City Center food nearby
  • The Grammy Museum

    The Grammy Museum

    800 W Olympic BlvdSte A245
    M-F 11:30AM-7:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7:30PM. Adult $12.95. History of music, with listening posts.
    New Downtown eat nearby
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