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Welcome to Los Angeles

From its sun-kissed beaches to the star power of Hollywood, the Southern California metropolis of Los Angeles is known for its celebrity culture, mild weather, and breadth of experiences. Los Angeles visitors who look beyond the bright lights of Hollywood find an increasingly multidimensional destination, a city offering an incredible array of cuisines, historic architectural landmarks including Griffith Observatory, and a wealth of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, surfing, and horseback riding. Whether you’re drawn to the beach, nearby amusement parks, or celebrity-spotting opportunities in Beverly Hills, the City of Angels never fails to make an impression—or steal the show.

Top 10 attractions in Los Angeles

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Marilyn Monroe? 6774 Hollywood Blvd. James Dean? 1719 Vine St. Elvis Presley? 6777 Hollywood Blvd. No, not last known addresses, just the exact spot for the brass star honoring these celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These stars and many others are sought out, worshiped, photographed, and stepped on day after day long this stretch of sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard. Since 1960 more than 2,000 performers - from legends to long-forgotten bit-part players - have been honored with a pink-marble, five-pointed sidewalk star. Follow this celestial sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street, and along Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.More
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Hollywood Sign

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One of LA's most distinguishing icons, the famous HOLLYWOOD sign proudly stands on the hillside of the Hollywood Hills, overlooking its namesake city and the movie industry it has come to symbolize. LA's most famous landmark first appeared on its hillside perch in 1923, as a advertising gimmick for a real-estate development called Hollywoodland. Each letter stands 50 feet (15 m) tall and is made of sheet metal painted white. Once aglow with 4,000 light bulbs, the sign even had its own caretaker, who lived behind the letter L until 1939. The last four letters were lopped off in the 1940s as the sign started to crumble along with the rest of Hollywood. In the late 1970s, Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner joined forces with fans and other celebrities to save the famous symbol.More
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Sunset Strip

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This legendary 1.5-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood extends east-west from Beverly Hills to Hollywood, laid end to end with music venues, comedy clubs, boutiques, restaurants and hotels that attract music, TV, film and fashion celebrities. An assault to the senses in terms of both traffic and visuals, the Sunset Strip is studded with a trademark array of huge, colorful advertising billboards. First developed as a haven for Prohibition-flouting bars and casinos in the 1920s, rising to prominence in the 1930s and '40s for its glamorous nightclubs full of Hollywood glitterati, and eventually becoming a magnet for the hippie counterculture in the 1960s, the Strip hit its most lasting stride in the 1970s and early '80s, when the drug and fashion excesses of disco, glam metal, rock'n'roll and stand-up comedy made the area both famous and infamous.More
#4

TCL Chinese Theatre

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Stand in the footprints of your favorite silver-screen legends in the courtyard of this grand movie palace. The exotic pagoda theater - complete with temple bells and stone Heaven Dogs from China - has shown movies since 1927. In fact, it's still a studio favorite for star-studded premieres, captivating crowds of all ages.It's somewhat of a tourist rite of passage to compare your hands and feet with the famous prints set in cement at the entrance court. There are some 160 celebrity squares to discover including R2D2's wheels, Jimmy Durante's nose, Betty Grable's legs, or Whoopi Goldberg's braids. Rumor has it that the tradition was started when silent film star Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in wet cement the night of the theater's premier of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings.More
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Venice Beach

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Southern California’s quintessential bohemian playground, Venice Beach is a haven for artists, New Agers, homeless people, and free spirits of all stripes. This is where Jim Morrison and the Doors lit their fire, where Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped himself to stardom, and where Julia Roberts and Dennis Hopper make their homes today. Life on Venice Beach moves to a different rhythm and nowhere more so than on the famous Venice Boardwalk, officially known as Ocean Front Walk. It’s a nonstop Mardi Gras of fortune tellers, street musicians, and characters of all colors, shapes, and sizes. This is where to get your hair braided, your karma corrected, and your back massaged qigong–style. Encounters with hoop dreamers, a Speedo-clad snake charmer and a roller-skating Sikh minstrel are pretty much guaranteed, especially on hot summer days. The Sunday-afternoon drum circle draws hundreds of revelers for tribal playing and spontaneous dancing.More
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Rodeo Drive

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Arguably the most famous shopping district in Los Angeles County, Rodeo Drive (pronounced row-day-oh) serves as the commercial heart of Beverly Hills. A magnet for well-heeled tourists and status shoppers, the area is home to a large array of glitzy, high-end boutiques for brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier and Tiffany. Designed as a business district by city developers in the early 1900s, its name honors a Native American history as "The Gathering of the Waters," which, translated into the Spanish of California's Mexican past, is "La Rodeo de las Aguas." These days, the Rodeo Drive area offers many places to water and feed yourself, including glamorous hotels like the Regent Beverly Wilshire and Montage Beverly Hills. Three of the area's most popular landmarks are: the 40-foot-long Beverly Hills sign on Santa Monica Boulevard, surrounded by an impeccably-manicured swath of gardens and walking paths.More
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Santa Monica Beach and Pier

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You'll instantly recognize it from film and TV: the neon-lit arch of the Santa Monica Pier. Feel the ocean breeze as you stroll past snack shacks, a game arcade, lively entertainers, and anglers to the far tip where the entire arc of the Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to Palos Verdes unfolds before you. Kids get their kicks at Pacific Park, with its solar-powered Ferris wheel, kiddy rides, and midway games. Near the pier entrance, nostalgic souls and their offspring can ride the colorfully hand-painted horses on the vintage merry-go-round. Just below the carousel is Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, where sea stars and sea urchins can be scooped up and petted. And then there's the wide and long sandy expanse that is Santa Monica Beach. Here you’ll find sunbathers, families, volleyball players, and roller skaters.More
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Griffith Park

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One of the largest urban green spaces in the country, Griffith Park is a wonderful playground for all ages and interests. The park embraces an outdoor theater, the city zoo, and observatory, two museums, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, bridle paths, hiking trails, Batman's caves, and even the Hollywood sign. For astronomy buffs, the landmark Griffith Observatory opens a window on the universe in its planetarium with the world's most advanced star projector; the Big Picture, a floor-to-ceiling digital image of the universe bursting with galaxies and stars; and rooftop telescopes. At the Los Angeles Zoo, you can wander among some 1,200 finned, feathered and furry friends, which promises to enthrall the kids. Also here is the delightful Travel Town Museum, with its displays of dozens of vintage railcars and locomotives; the Bronson Caves, where scenes from Batman and Star Trek were filmed; the Museum of the American West.More
#9

Universal Studios Hollywood

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Experience an unforgettable moment with our unique activities at Universal Studios in Los Angeles! Viator has created programmes for everyone. For those who want backstage access to their favourite movies and TV series, we have the perfect package with VIP access to see all locations. We also thought of for those who want to experience a real moment of stardom, with our package offering transfers and hotel included in Los Angeles. For people who want to discover Los Angeles and Hollywood and take in the famous villas, we have the perfect programme: a guided tour with the Universal Studios teams. An unforgettable and glamorous moment guaranteed! And finally for the lovers of themes parks, our “front of the line” pass will give you an amazing day out without wasting your time queuing! You will enjoy the attractions of Universal Studios in Los Angeles without any of the waiting!More
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Dolby Theatre

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Renamed in 2012 when sponsor Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy, this 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat theater now showcases Dolby Laboratories' state-of-the-art sound technologies. Situated in the popular Hollywood & Highland mall complex, the elegant Dolby Theatre hosts both the Academy Awards and Cirque du Soleil's Iris, a resident stage show which celebrates the history of film. Periodically, the Dolby also plays host to charity benefits, movie premieres, special events and other televised award shows. The theater's soaring stage, one of the largest in the United States, has featured the national premiere of Pixar's Brave, the American Idol finals, the Daytime Emmys, the American Ballet Theatre and even President Barack Obama, while out on the campaign trail.More

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Top activities in Los Angeles

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

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Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

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Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles

Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles

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Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

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Private Tour of Los Angeles For Any Group Size

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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

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Excellent tour and customer service!
Cliff_W, Nov 2020
Private 3-Day Los Angeles Tour: Downtown LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica
I was able to see a lot of Los Angeles.
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Griffith Park Historic Hollywood Hills Hike
Safiyyah, Mar 2020
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
The hike was awesome, challenging and worth every step up to see the panoramic view of Los Angeles.
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The Great tour
shamir87, Dec 2019
Hollywood Tour
I really enjoyed it and I live in La my sisters came to visit from carolina and they enjoyed it he showed me some places I didn’t even know was here I recommend for everyone
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Very interesting tour of Los Angeles
MichaelK10895, Nov 2019
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
Very interesting tour of Los Angeles, took great photos of places I always wanted to see in my life, tout guide was very good and knowledgable.
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See All of LA in a Day
Joni D, Oct 2019
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
We saw everything there was to see in Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
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Great tour! Was able to see Santa...
VICKIE K, Oct 2017
6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour
Was able to see Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Bel Air celebrity homes, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
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This is a great way to see Los...
Dianne R, Sep 2017
Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour
This is a great way to see Los Angeles for a first time visitor.
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This Tour was wonderful. From the...
Amanda S, Aug 2017
6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour
This Tour covered all the things on my wish list that we wanted to see in Los Angeles.
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This was a great tour for me and my...
Matthew N, Apr 2018
Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus
We got to see celebrity homes galore and so many cool things to do in Los Angeles.
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Great overview of the down town...
inails, May 2017
Los Angeles Beginnings Walking Tour
Our guide was great with offering advice on things to do and see around the area.
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Very Good
963sammyw, Sep 2019
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
The tour is composed and fits in well to those who only have limited time in Los Angeles and wish to see the most of it, like us.
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Overall, the HOHO bus tour is...
Ricardo S, Jun 2016
Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour
Overall, the HOHO bus tour is efficient and cost effective and I recommend it to visitors who come to Los Angeles and does not want to drive their car.
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The pass is excellent! You get to...
Benjamin O, Dec 2016
Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive City Pass: 40+ attractions and theme parks
You get to explore so much in Los Angeles and the included guide has the attractions/tours separated into convenient location.
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we used go cards through out our...
docko30, Oct 2015
Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive City Pass: 40+ attractions and theme parks
The attractions are spread over a large area, making it very hard to get to or expensive.
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Recommended
Tour14999638102, Mar 2019
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
good start to explore the main attractions of Los Angeles and take nice pictures
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I would highly recommend the...
Julie A M, Nov 2015
The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour
I would highly recommend the Ultimate Bike Tour as a brilliant way to see Los Angeles.
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The tour was amazing. Everything I...
Deborah S, Jun 2015
Los Angeles Highlights Tour
Everything I wanted to see in Los Angeles was included.
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This is a great tour if you've got a...
Rosalie H, Aug 2017
6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour
This is a great tour if you've got a short amount of time and want to see Los Angeles.
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Perfect day for us!!
Skulteacha, Mar 2020
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
This is the perfect way to see Los Angeles.
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Julia was extremely informative...
Jennifer C, Mar 2018
Downtown Los Angeles Architecture Tour
I would highly recommend Julie to visitors and Los Angeles natives alike!

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