Then we have got you covered with the best things to do in LA California to spend a fun-filled day. Drive around the palm tree-lined streets and experience the Best of Los Angeles attractions.
Los Angeles or LA is the largest city in California and spending just 1 day isn’t justified. But if you ought to spend one day in Los Angeles, then visit these 5 best LA attractions to get the essence of this palm tree sprawling city. In fact, LA is one of the best places to visit in the USA with kids.
And if you are a die-hard Hollywood fan and thrill captivates you, then look no further and spend one day at the Universal Studios Hollywood.
Spread over 4000 acres, Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Perched upon the Santa Monica Mountain range, it is covered with chaparral vegetation and landscaped areas.
Griffith Observatory is a must-visit in Griffith Park. The best part is that the observatory is free to enter and view the many exhibits. Also do not miss the opportunity to view from the big telescope. Even though there are some ticketed events and shows.
There are many attractions within Griffith Park including Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, the Hollywood Sign, many museums, and even a horse ranch. It is a fun place to spend a day with family especially kids that’s when you have time on your hand.
Gaze at the iconic Hollywood Sign on the hill from outside the observatory. This is one of the best places to get a bird’s eye view of the city.
Expert Tip: Use the LADOT Dash bus daily or the PARK LINE free shuttle on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. to avoid the traffic and parking hassles.
An iconic American landmark is the Hollywood Sign perched on top of the Hollywood Hills overlooking the glitzy and glamorous Hollywood in LA.
Built in 1923, the sign originally read ‘HOLLYWOODLAND’ and was meant to be a real estate advertisement and was changed to the current ‘HOLLYWOOD’ in 1949. Thereafter, it has gained popularity for all the good and bad reasons. But as of now, it is one of the prominent symbols recognized in the US and around the world.
The Hollywood sign can be best viewed from many spots in Griffith Park – outside the Griffith Observatory, hikes from outside the observatory. Lake Hollywood Park is another place for spectacular views of the Hollywood sign. You could even hike up to the Hollywood sign.
People across the globe relate to this evocative symbol of the US.
Have you ever seen or heard of those pink Terrazzo and brass star tiles with names of Hollywood celebrities on them? Yes, there is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where sidewalks of around 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard are decorated with the named tiles. There are more than 2400 stars across the pavements.
Hollywood Walk of Fame is designated as a World Heritage site and fans travel to see the tiles of their favorite stars and click pictures with them. This is one of the popular Instagramable spots in LA besides the Hollywood sign.
During my visit, I made sure to check my favorite stars – Bryan Adams, Backstreet Boys, and many more. Find your favorite star and the location of their tile at the Hollywood Walk of Fame website.
Beverly Hills is the upscale area in LA where many Hollywood celebrities reside. Even though it may not sound like an attraction to many, I loved driving past the big mansions and quintessential estates in the Beverly Hills area.
Head over to the landmark Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park and get a perfect picture. Then jaunt down to the most upscale shopping street, the Rodeo Drive, an unparalleled hub of all the luxurious brands. (Remember Julia Roberts getting shunned from a boutique in Pretty Woman.? Yes that’s in Rodeo Drive)
Park at the street parking and stroll around and indulge in window shopping.
Spend the evening at the Santa Monica Pier with the views of the ocean waves crashing and the giant Ferris wheel. Santa Monica is a large historic pier on the coast of LA with many fun things to do.
There is a family-friendly amusement park with rides, a roller -coaster, and the Iconic giant Ferris wheel to enjoy. The kids especially have a fun time at the rides.
The Santa Monica beach is bustling with people and activities. Stroll along the 3.5-mile long sandy beach or watch one of the best sunsets of the West Coast, you just can’t get enough of this place.
Do Hollywood films attract you? Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then you got to visit Universal Studios. The ‘Entertainment Capital of LA’ is a theme park that has multiple themed studios of various blockbuster movies.
But you need to spend a full day or rather 2 days if you want are into the Hollywood spirits. So just spend your complete day at the Universal Studios.
Universal Hollywood, the most popular and biggest working studios in the world is a fun-filled family experience. From thrilling rides to famous studio tours, there is so much to do to get awed off.
On weekends and holidays, the studio is a very crowded and busy place with waiting lines for the studio tours.
There is a VIP experience that lets you skip the lines and gives a glimpse into the areas that are not open to the public.
So get ready to cast a spell at the Hogwart’s of Harry Potter or encounter dinosaurs at the Jurassic World or meet the Minions and the list goes on. Relive your favorite Hollywood movies.
The best way to experience the movie action is by taking the 1-hour World-famous Studio tour in a tram that takes you around multiple sites where you see it live in front of your eyes.
Tickets: Range from USD 100 – USD 400 depending on what ticket you opt for. There are 1-day, 2-day, Express and VIP tickets for kids and adults.