Los Angeles Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Los Angeles
The Hollywood Sign is one of the world's most recognized images. It was placed on that famous hill in 1923 as an advertisement for a real estate development called Hollywoodland, and you can see it from several areas in the city.
MOCA Grand Avenue is the main branch of LA's outstanding contemporary art museum. Most of the works date from between 1940 and 1980, with influential artists such as Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein represented in the permanent collection which is often joined by cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.
The Getty Center is a $1-billion white Bauhaus-influenced building where you can see a fantastic collection of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Another dose of art and culture can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), whose thousands of works can give you a lesson on the history of art from ancient times to today. There is art from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Egypt, along with modern paintings and sculptures by European masters such as Picasso, Magritte, and Matisse.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philarmonic, but most visitors pass by just for the curved stainless-steel building. Designed by Frank Gehry, it opened in 2003 has become a Los Angeles icon.
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD is where you'll find the famous Walk of Fame, honoring over 2000 celebrities with stars on the sidewalk. Don't just look down reading the famous names, because you'll also want to take a look at the Kodak Theater (the home of the Academy Awards) and Grauman's Chinese Theater with its movie stars' hand and footprints in cement by the entrance.
As the main tourist avenue, you'll also find a number of other tacky attractions here, but the side streets are now home to some sophisticated restaurants and bars, especially in North Cahuenga Boulevard.
For the most fabulous shopping in LA (even if you don't plan to buy anything), you can't leave the city without a walk down Beverly Hills' RODEO DRIVE.
Also go for a stroll in SANTA MONICA, where you can finally park your car and walk by the beach. The same goes for VENICE BEACH, whose Oceanfront Walk or "Venice Boardwalk" is often compared to a freak show where you can get tattooed or have your hair braided.
From there you can drive to Long Beach and take a look at the QUEEN MARY, the supposedly haunted British ship. Larger than the Titanic, it made over 1000 luxurious trips across the Atlantic between 1936 and 1964.
End your days with a night out in West Hollywood's SUNSET STRIP. It's the heart of the city's gay life, so not surprisingly that's where you'll find some of the most stylish shops and hip restaurants for everyone.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Los Angeles where you can visit movie stars' homes and see the many attractions of the city's surroundings.