Los Angeles is a sprawling city that can easily overwhelm visitors. Although it is as iconic as the stars who live there, it can be hard to know where to start your visit. Not only is it the legendary home of entertainment, but it’s also home to some of the most well-known landmarks in America.
To help you get started planning your first trip to tinsel town, I’ve highlighted some of the must-see sights to add to your itinerary.
1. Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park
Whether you knew what it was or not, you have definitely seen the Griffith Observatory in movies and on TV before.
A popular filming location, the Griffith Observatory not only offers panoramic views of LA but also has a huge planetarium and free telescopes you can use at night. COVID restrictions have limited visitor access inside the observatory so be sure and get the latest updates before you arrive.
2. Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre
If you want to see your favorite “stars” up close, head for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Here is where you can see the handprints and signatures of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The LACMA is both fun and educational. The museum has hosted countless famous and up-and-coming artists and showcases artifacts from all over the world.
4. Santa Monica Pier
Los Angeles has the best of both worlds when it comes to the beach and the mountains. For a fun afternoon along the Pacific Ocean, head for the Santa Monica Pier, which features beautiful views, an amusement park, and excellent seafood restaurants.
5. Original Farmers Market and The Grove
Just south of West Hollywood is the original LA farmers market. Founded in 1934, the market provides fresh produce and yummy snacks for both locals and tourists.
6. Paramount Pictures Studio
If you want to get up close to all the movie-making action, take a tour of the Paramount Studios. As the fifth oldest studio in the world and the largest in LA, you can learn about the magic of the movies from behind the scenes.
7. Rodeo Drive
Are you ready to do some shopping? If so, head for the legendary Rodeo Drive. Even if you’re just window shopping, you’ll be mesmerized by all of the glamorous stores that line the streets.
8. Runyon Canyon Park
If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, head for the hills and enjoy a hike through the Runyon Canyon Park. Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, the top of the canyon has sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.
I hope these suggestions will help you make the most of your visit to Los Angeles, but there is so much more to see and do. When you are ready to head to LA, contact me and we can plan your trip.