Popular Things to Do in Los Angeles

Popular Things to Do in Los Angeles

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  1. As the most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the United States with a population of more than 3.8 million, Los Angeles has a lot to offer for the giant melting pot of visitors and locals. Whether your idea of a good time is catching a concert at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, dining on delicious cuisine in Little Tokyo, or catching some sun at Venice Beach, the City of L.A. is one of the best cities to satiate your every interest. Much of the popular destinations for tourists and locals range from $0 admission fees to upwards of a few hundred dollars, but the memories are always free.

    Griffith ObservatoryGriffith Park and Observatory
    Cost: $0 or more

    If you love nature, the universe, entertainment history, or celebrity encounters, Griffith Park has everything all rolled into one beautiful expanse of landscape. Hiking just a few miles up the trails will lead you to gorgeous vantage points with incredible views of the city. You’ll be amazed at how much greenery there is and how much beauty Griffith has to offer.

    Griffith is home to many areas where filming took place, including the forest from the movie E.T., and the often used “Bat Cave” known as the Bronson Caves. The "Bat Cave" in Griffith Park is famous for being a filming site for multiple movies and T.V. shows, including:

    The Griffith Observatory also offers free and paid lectures on the cosmos as well as lawn events that include amateur astronomers with telescopes pointing to exciting nebular objects, including the moon, constellations, and nebulae.

    Santa Monica PierSanta Monica Pier
    Cost: $0 or more

    Whether you love live street show performances, ferris wheels, or beach views, the Santa Monica Pier offers a great time if you’re traveling with family or on a date. Tom Hanks famously founded the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant chain, which was inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump” and you’ll find one of the restaurants at the Santa Monica Pier.

    The Santa Monica Pier is also home to Pacific Park, which offers fun high-tech bumper cars, a ferris wheel, and other classic carnival games such as Wack-a-Mole and rope climbing. You can even catch the acrobats training or students learning to be acrobats.

    Pantages TheatrePantages Theatre
    Cost: $20 to $200 or more

    The Pantages Theatre is one of the most famous theatres in Los Angeles, and is located corner of the legendary Hollywood and Vine. The beautiful architecture is photo-worthy and has been home to filming for T.V. shows, movies and even music videos.

    As one of the leading venues for live theatre, the Pantages Theatre has presented shows such as Wicked, Annie, Fooloose, The Phantom of the Opera, and Cats.

    The theatre opened in 1930, but has undergone $10 million in restoration and upgrades.

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