There are often several different things that, combined together, go towards defining and shaping the unique character of any city. Such things include the size and diversity of its population, its landscape, topography, weather, economy and more. In the case of Los Angeles, the city is one like no other. While there are many unique features that define its character, this article will specifically focus on a few of the many unique and amazing attractions and landmarks that are native to the city.
When it comes to the uniqueness of the city of Los Angeles, it is often easy to get caught up in, or distracted by the city being labeled the entertainment capital of the world. The same goes for its dynamic economy, the high-tech industry, its transportation system and much more. However, its numerous and impressive list of physical landmarks and attractions is sure to equally wow any first-time visitor to the city, perhaps because these are physical features that are often hard to miss or ignore.
A Show Business Wonderworld
A tour or visit to LA can often not be complete without getting a glimpse into the world of celebrities.
- Hollywood Sign – No other landmark says you’ve been to LA more than the Hollywood sign. Snap a picture of this iconic sign which stands 45 feet high on the grounds of Mount Lee.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame – Search among thousands of stars on the mile-long stretch of sidewalk for the name of your favorite celebrity. This permanent fixture aims to honor top stars for their contribution to the arts.
- Studio Tours – Get an insider insight into the locations where some of your favorite TV shows and films are filmed.
Take a Warner Brothers Studio Tour and stop at Central Perk, which is one of the most prominent sets in TV history. You can also see interactive exhibits, including the DC Universe: The Exhibit.
Another option is a behind-the-scenes tour at Universal Studios in Hollywood which gives you a glimpse into how movies and shows are made. Experience the biggest street movie set, which was built with Steven Spielberg as the creative consultant. You can also catch live performances or see a movie.
- Theaters – Notable theaters can also be found in Los Angeles. Watch performances and stages from about 225 theaters. Among the most famous are:
- Bootleg Theater
- Geffen Playhouse
- The Alex Theater
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Pantages Theater
- Mark Taper Forum
- The Wiltern
- Kirk Douglas Theatre
A Thrilling Experience
Attractions for those who want the excitement of adrenaline-inducing rides are also accessible in Los Angeles.
- Universal Parks & Resorts, Hollywood – Whether you are alone or with family, you can enjoy this theme park and all that it has to offer. The rides and attractions Universal Studios Hollywood offers are reminiscent of various blockbuster movies.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Situated inside Universal Studios, this attraction is paradise to Potterheads. Feel like a wizard or witch walking around on your first day of school as you walk through the walls of the Hogwarts™ castle or shop around Hogsmeade. If you are into thrilling rides, you can try Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ or the Flight of the Hippogriff™.
A Learning Opportunity
Learn more about history, art, and culture, or expand your knowledge by visiting different museums in Los Angeles. There are 105 museums in LA. Here are some of them:
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – The Natural History Museum features many galleries and collections on various subjects. However, it is perhaps most famous for its Dinosaur Hall. The 14,000 square-foot hall displays many dinosaur skeletons, including the growth series showing three full Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ranging from baby to adult. History enthusiasts will also get to know about 500 years of Southern California history. Younger visitors can also enjoy the place with hands-on experiences.
- Griffith Park and Observatory – Have a break from the busy and notorious LA traffic by walking along Griffith Park. As one of the largest municipal parks in the country, Griffing Park has hilly trails and is home to the Los Angeles Zoo. You can also watch outdoor shows in the park’s Greek Theatre. The park is also home to the Griffith Observatory, one of LA’s most iconic landmarks. Here, you can find engaging exhibits, a planetarium and available telescopes that you can use to view the cosmos. If you visit at dusk, you can watch as stars emerge in the sky.
- California Science Center – The Science Center is free of charge, so you can visit it without worrying about an entrance fee. It is where you can find the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Various exhibits covering different topics like technology and ecosystems are also featured there.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – The LACMA has around 130,000 pieces from different eras. You can also find outstanding Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art collections.
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Find pieces from the 1940s onwards at MOCA. This artist-founded museum boasts a variety of collections on display. There are permanent pieces as well as changing exhibits for new works.
A Relaxing Time with the Best Views
Los Angeles is also known for its beaches. With a 70-mile-long coastline, the city is a great spot for various seaside activities. Ride the waves with the best surfing spots. Have a romantic dinner with an oceanfront view. Play volleyball on the beach. Or simply watch people go about their lives. No matter what you want to do, you can discover a beach that is right for you. A sampling of some of the beaches you’ll find in LA include:
- Cabrillo Beach
- El Matador Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Leo Carrillo State Beach
- Malibu Surfside Beach
- Manhattan Beach
- Santa Monica Beach
- Venice Beach
The list of activities you can do in Los Angeles is long. The attractions and landmarks here can accommodate people of all ages and regardless of interests, making them must-see destinations.
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