10 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles

Home to sunshine, celebrities, and the shimmering Pacific coast, Los Angeles, California attracts millions of tourists around the world every year. This iconic city has it all: from breathtaking landscape views to some of the best shopping, cuisine, and nightlife in the United States. So if you are planning a trip to the City of Angels soon, here are the top sites to check out during your visit.

Good Times At Davey Wayne’s

Upon entering through an old-fashioned refrigerator door, you’ll step into a “shagadelic” living room with retro couches, teardrop glass lamps, and a TV set—with actual dials—turned into a DJ station. Popular among young locals, this iconic Hollywood bar resembling a 1970s garage sale or your grandmother’s autumn-colored basement is a tribute to twin brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston's father, David Wayne Houston. The cocktails are also a blast from the past with a triple creme liquor concoction named Some People Call Me Maurice. A night-out in LA is always eventful, but if you feel a friend or relative has a substance abuse problem look into the Los Angeles drug rehabilitation center CAST Centers located at 630 N Doheny Dr. West Hollywood, CA 90069. The organization’s phone number is (323) 457-8208.

Universal Studios Hollywood

If you’re interested in theme parks and studio tours, then Universal Studios Hollywood is the place to go. Here, you can ride rollercoasters inspired by the classic thrillers Jurassic Park and The Mummy and take a tour of Universal’s backlot to see famous movie sets from Jaws and Psycho.

Third Street Promenade

If you are looking for a destination perfect for the whole family, the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is it. This outdoor mall boasts big brands, good food, and of course, street performers of all ages singing, dancing, or rapping. And take a stroll of the nearby Santa Monica Pier where you may catch a glimpse of some honking sea lions.

Getty Center

For the art aficionado, the exhibits at J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Center are sure to impress. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this museum campus features artwork from across European and American history along with gardens and gorgeous views of the city.

Malibu Wines Safari

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and go on a safari! The SaddleRock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu lets you taste local wines while gazing at bison, alpacas, water buffalo, zebras, and even a giraffe!

626 Night Market

If you’re in LA in July, August, or September, then you have to check out this Asia-inspired market with more than 250 vendors offering jewelry, crafts, music, and lots of delicious food!

The Grove

This stylish, outdoor complex boasts the best shopping and dining experiences in Los Angeles. With a movie theater, historic farmers’ market, and impressive architectural layout, you’ll definitely want to take a stroll in the sunshine here. And be sure to check out its cousin, The Americana at Brand in Glendale for more luxurious entertainment.

Paradise Cove

For a pristine beach getaway, head to Paradise Cove in Malibu. You can enjoy delicious seafood and sip a daiquiri seaside with your toes literally in the sand!

Griffith Observatory

For panoramic views of the city and an astronomy lesson, check out the Griffith Observatory. You can watch a live planetarium show, catch a glimpse of the stars (note, not the movie stars), and get a bird’s eye view of LA—from downtown to the Hollywood sign.

Runyon Canyon

If you’re in the mood for rigorous exercise that rewards you with breathtaking views of the city, go for a hike in Runyon Canyon. This 160-acre park is a popular hiking destination for locals (and their dogs).

No matter where you travel to in LA, be sure to stay safe by using golookup.com for addresses and background check information on the area or potential lodging hosts you stay with.

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