Universal Studios: The most well-known of
LA's studios, Universal is part studio and part theme
park. The park is complemented by nearby City Walk,
which offers an array of shopping and dining opportunities.
Several other studios also offer studio tours for
visitors looking to experience a working studio without
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor:
Featuring some of the most extreme thrill rides
to be found, these sister theme parks are a big hit
for families with adventurous kids.
Knotts Berry Farm: Not as well-known as Disneyland,
Universal Studios or Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry
Farm is the modern day theme park that evolved from
Walter Knott's berry farming business beginning in
the early 20th century.
Griffith Park Observatory and Planetarium: Sometimes
referred to as the "Central Park of Los Angeles,"
Griffith Park is actually quite different from it's
distant New York cousin. Perched high above the City,
the park is much larger than Central Park, and is
more wilderness than urban park. Miles of trails,
great views of the city and a world class observatory
and planetarium make Griffith a great retreat for
locals and visitors alike.
Olvera Street: Located at the site of the
original pueblo, the "living museum" at
the California State Historic Landmark of Olvera Street
celebrates Los Angeles's Spanish and Mexican heritage.
Santa Monica Mountains State Park: The coastal
mountains that separate greater Los Angeles from the
Malibu coastline contain great expanses of wild land,
interspersed with ranches and other large residential
plots. A drive through the mountains reveals the Southern
California landscape as it existed before European
The South Bay: A little bit off of the beaten
path, the South Bay beaches of Redondo, Hermosa and
Manhattan are where locals go to enjoy the beach.
Visitors willing to travel here will find beaches
every bit as appealing as the more famous Santa Monica
and Venice Beaches, but with smaller crowds, and a
more authentic feel.
La Brea Tar Pits: Located in a seemingly improbable
location, right in the heart of the city, these pits
of seeping asphalt have preserved the fossilized remains
of thousands of prehistoric animals dating back as
far as 38,000 years.
Museums and Gardens: In addition to the world-renowned
Getty Center, LA features an abundance of other museums
and gardens. Some of our favorites include:
- The Huntington Library
- The LA County Museum of Art
- The Armand Hammer Museum of Art
- The Autry National Center
- California Science Center
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
- The Hollywood Museum
- Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
- Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Museum of Tolerance
- Exposition Park Rose Garden