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Los Angeles has long been known to be the city of perpetual sunshine, celebrities and surfers. While all that holds true, LA offers many more unique things to do with its abundance of museums and art galleries, theme parks, concert venues and shopping centers. Tinseltown, La-la-land, The City of Angeles—regardless of what it’s called, Los Angeles is a city of dreamers and doers, some who reach for the stars at The Griffith Observatory and others who touch them on the Walk of Fame.

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  • Universal Studios Hollywood

    Studio City

    The world’s biggest movies and television shows have been filmed and produced in Universal Studios since the early 1920s. Visitors can get an inside look into the rich history of the studio on a guided tram tour, in addition to exciting rides based on films and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and the Simpson.

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  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Miracle Mile

    Distinguished by its permanent art installation of 202 antique street lights, LACMA offers at least a dozen exhibitions that are replaced every few months. Between its unique artwork, Sunday live music programs and on-site Ray’s restaurant and Stark Bar, there’s plenty of culture to be experienced at LACMA.

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  • Los Angeles Zoo

    Griffith Park

    The LA Zoo is one of the many attractions located in Griffith Park. It’s situated on 133 acres and houses one of the largest chimpanzee tribes in North America. In addition to the chimpanzees and gorillas, the LA Zoo also cares for several endangered species, including African elephants.

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  • Staples Center

    Downtown

    The Staples Center opened its doors in 1999 and has been a destination for sports and concerts ever since. As the home stadium for the Kings and Lakers, the Staples Center is filled hockey and basketball fans throughout the year. When the Staples Center isn’t hosting a sporting event, it’s headlined by the world’s biggest names in music.

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  • Dodger Stadium

    Echo Park

    The American baseball spirit is alive and well at Dodger Stadium. Fans can grab a famous 10-inch Dodger dog, a beer and maybe even a home run ball if they’re lucky.

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  • Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood

    On any given night, thousands will head to the Hollywood Bowl to see the world’s biggest musical acts in concert. As the largest outdoor music venue in LA, the Hollywood Bowl is a well-loved spot for guests to picnic and listen to their favorite bands in LA’s pristine weather.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica

    The year-long carnival that is the Santa Monica Pier features an arcade, classic rides like a coaster and Ferris wheel, carts selling churros, caricatures and crafts and seasonal events like concerts and comedy festivals. It’s within walking distance of high-end restaurants and shops on the Third Street Promenade, so visitors top off a seafood dinner with light-hearted fun.

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  • Hollywood and Highland

    Hollywood

    The intersection of Hollywood and Highland is usually everyone’s first LA stop. It’s home to the Kodak and Grauman’s Chinese Theaters, a popular strip of the Walk of Fame and Instagram-worthy characters in costume. Within walking distance of numerous bars and clubs, Hollywood and Highland is lively from morning to night.

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  • The Grove

    Miracle Mile

    Modeled after quaint, historic European avenues, The Grove is an outdoor mall with luxury clothing shops, a lake and eateries. The Original Farmer’s Market is on the far west side and can be reached on foot or trolley.

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  • Grand Central Market

    Downtown

    Once a forgotten corner of downtown LA, the Grand Central Market has been on the up-swing in recent years with artisanal vendors taking up residence. The space is now a bustling hub where visitors can get fair-trade coffee, pastries, BBQ, pizzas and pupusas in one place.

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  • Griffith Observatory

    Griffith Park

    A short hike up the hill leads to the Griffith Observatory where stars have been on display since 1935. Whenever there’s a meteor shower or eclipse, the observatory is everyone’s go-to spot for viewing. The observatory also hosts monthly sunset hikes and star parties.

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  • Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Downtown

    Part architectural masterpiece, part music venue, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by Frank Gehry and was completed in 2003. The resident LA Philharmonic frequently plays there in addition to seasonal shows during the holidays.

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  • Venice Boardwalk

    Venice

    Venice Beach offers a duality of experiences: the carnival-like street performers on the boardwalk and the small town vibe of the local artist community. Both neighborhoods can be experienced by renting a beach cruiser and riding along the Strand, dining and shopping on Abbott Kinney then finishing off the day with a sunset on the shore.

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  • Rodeo Drive

    Beverly Hills

    As the most high-end shopping destination in LA, Rodeo Drive is lined with the world’s top fashion designers. But shopping isn’t the only draw as visitors can enjoy window shopping, the unique architecture, people watching and boutique bakeries. Visitors can also hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour to learn about the area’s history.

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  • The Getty Center

    Brentwood

    Founded by J. Paul Getty in 1997, the Getty Center is the expansion of the original museum at his Pacific Palisades residence, the Getty Villa. Among the many free museums and art galleries in LA, the Getty Center and Getty Villa feature gardens, international and historic paintings and sculptures, on-site dining and stunning ocean views.

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  • LA Central Library

    Downtown

    Los Angeles is no stranger to beautiful libraries. Steeped in history, LA’s Central Library was built in the 1920s and is one of the largest publicly funded libraries in the world with over six million volumes on its shelves. Farther east, The Huntington Library boasts a collection of more than 400,000 rare books, 18- and 19-century European art and 120 acres of gardens.

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  • The Hollywood Sign

    Hollywood

    There is no sign more recognizable in LA (and the world) than the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee. While it’s visible from nearly every street in Hollywood, the sign can be better appreciated from the Barnsdall Park or up close with a hike.

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