Perfect climate, wide and sunny boulevards, tall palm trees, blue waves of the Pacific Ocean, top museums, amusement parks, sensational viewpoints, and luxury residences: Welcome to LA!
The capital of the entertainment industry and one of the largest and coolest metropolises in the United States, it’s a real magnet for tourists from all over the world. That’s because you have a lot of options to spend time in Los Angeles and because the temperatures are perfect all year round.
Although traffic jam happens all the time during peak hours and sometimes the humidity reaches uncomfortable levels, it’s definitely worth visiting this part of California and enjoying all the wonderful things Los Angeles has to offer.
In this article, the top 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles. Without further ado, let’s get going:
Top 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles
1. Go to Griffith Observatory for the most beautiful panorama of Los Angeles
Situated on Hollywood Mountain, the Art Deco Griffith Observatory is for sure one of the best places to visit in Los Angeles.
The destination offers you both the opportunity to discover the astronomical observatory, as well as the chance to admire a splendid panorama of the city, but also the Hollywood sign.
The biggest advantage is that you can do all these things for free. The Hollywood sign was built in 1923, which means that in less than 3 years it will celebrate a century of existence.
It is visible from a great distance due to the size of the letters. Each of them measures 13.7 meters in height. The whole word stretches for 107 meters.
I recommend that you visit the Griffith Observatory either in the morning, to avoid the heavy traffic as much as possible, or before sunset.
2. Take a walk on the legendary Santa Monica Pier
Many people don’t know that Santa Monica is a completely separate city from Los Angeles, and that is because, in general, the two are visited together. So you can’t be in LA without at least a short stop on the pier built on September 9, 1909.
It is one of the fun activities in Los Angeles, especially for couples and families with children, due to the old amusement park here. Don’t miss the first wheel in the world that works with solar energy, and that will lift you above the waves, from where you can admire a charming landscape.
Another very real legend of the United States ends on the Santa Monica pier. This is the historic Route 66, which crosses the country from Chicago to LA, covering a distance of almost 4000 km.
3. Walk on the stars of the Walk of Fame
Although the crowds could steal you the pleasure of walking on this boulevard, you can’t miss one of the most tourist attractions in Los Angeles.
Walk of Fame is located in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where the red carpet for Oscar-winning stars used to be until they moved the location to Dolby Theater.
The first stars that now decorate the entire boulevard appeared in 1961. Today, their number exceeds 2600.
Also here, among the stars, you can see all sorts of street entertainers, dressed as celebrities. From Elvis Presley, Madonna, Mickey Mouse, and Lady Gaga, to Michael Jackson and the Joker, here you can meet and take pictures with your favorite stars.
Keep in mind! For the pictures you will have to leave a tip, otherwise, the animators will not have the nicest reaction. The tip is recommended in the United States for any kind of service.
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4. Window Shopping on Rodeo Drive
The next destination on the list of free stuff to do in Los Angeles is the most luxurious street in Beverly Hills and, implicitly, in LA. It’s not hard to figure that I’m talking about Rodeo Drive, a street turned into a luxury fashion podium.
The most expensive brands in the world are lined up on the street with palm trees and expensive cars. Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Armani, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Dior, etc., they are all here.
If you arrive on Rodeo Drive, don’t miss the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, famous for appearing in the movie Pretty Woman.
5. Visit the most beautiful beach, Laguna Beach
We’re actually talking about a seaside resort in the south of Orange County. Laguna Beach is one of the best places to visit near Los Angeles.
The lush vegetation, wide beach, rocks, canyons, and waves of the Pacific Ocean give a special charm to this settlement located about 80 km from Los Angeles.
In Laguna Beach, you can enjoy various sports and water activities, such as snorkeling, swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, and beach volleyball.
6. Admire the homes of Beverly Hills celebrities
Beverly Hills is by far the most famous and luxurious neighborhood in Los Angeles. Most celebrities live in this area, and their homes, as well as those of other rich people who live here, are the definition of opulence.
A simple walk through the neighborhood is like a lesson in architecture, good taste, and refinement. Well, good taste is debatable, but I haven’t seen a house in Beverly Hills that I dislike.
Beverly Hills has appeared in countless movies and even borrowed the name to a famous series in the ’90s, Beverly Hills 90210. Surely you remember Brenda, Kelly, Brandon …
Proof of the fact that it is “home to the rich and famous” are the celebrities who live here: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, and many, many others.
As a matter of fact, a residence in Beverly Hills can easily reach several hundred million dollars, depending on the size of the property and the view.
7. Have fun at the Universal Studios
When you say Los Angeles, you say fun. Unfortunately, you won’t be the only person who wants to have fun here. Therefore, expect big crowds.
Being a very popular place, both for children and adults, Universal Studios becomes very crowded, especially on weekends. So, if possible, come here on a working day so you can ride as many roller coasters as possible and enjoy fantastic shows.
You will have the best experiences at Harry Potter World, Revenge of the Mummy, Simpsons Land, and Jurassic Park.
8. Go on a day trip to Big Sur
One of the best things to do around Los Angeles is to go on a trip of at least one day on the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur.
Big Sur is probably the most beautiful part of the famous road that stretches along the West Coast of America. It stretches for about 90 miles and is a formidable route, laden with splendid landscapes with steep cliffs, the ocean that seems infinite, and a fairytale waterfall.
McWay Falls flows directly into the ocean and can only be accessed by boat, but you can see it from above, crossing the forest at the side of the road. I talked in another article about this and how much I was impressed by this piece of Californian heaven.
The distance between Los Angeles and Big Sur is 5 hours, so you have to spend at least one day here, or even stay overnight. If you choose the second option, take a look at the accommodation options below.
Where to stay in Big Sur:
9. Catch the sunset in Venice Beach
Little Venice of America is one of the coolest places in Los Angeles. It will conquer you with its beach, Ocean Front Walk, and its canals that resemble Venice.
Venice Beach was founded in 1905 and quickly became one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. If you get here, you can’t miss Venice Beach Skatepark, a place where you can show off your skateboarding skills, or you can simply admire the talent of others.
Also, here you will attend many street shows, especially street dance, or you can enroll in a surf school and get to dominate the waves of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the fun things to do in Venice Beach is to walk on Abbot Kinney Blvd., where you can find boutiques, salons, galleries, restaurants, and bars.
10. Take Instagrammable photos at LACMA
If I was to mention the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles, then it is mandatory to go to LACMA. The 202 street lamps made of cast iron quickly became the perfect prop for pictures that gather many likes.
LACMA is the abbreviation for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and these lamps are placed right in front of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard. That’s it, LACMA is the last one on the list of fun things to do in Los Angeles.