Los Angeles is one of the most visited cities in the world. L.A. County set a new record in 2016 with approximately 47.3 million visitors. Myself and other international travelers made up an impressive 28% of the total tourism.
There truly is something for everyone in L.A., whether you like to soak up the sun or stay out late.
L.A. During the Day
Hillsides, palm tree lined streets, glimpses of A-listers at trendsetting eateries – soak in the Los Angeles scenery. There’s something a little electric about being in the city that created the movie industry. It’s familiar and foreign all at once.
Join the Hustle and Bustle of Hollywood
You can’t visit Los Angeles without touring around Hollywood. It’s basically the epicenter of the entertainment world, which means there’s plenty to see and do. West Hollywood, also known as WeHo, is right next door and has a fantastic design district full of designer stores, art galleries, and architectural gems.
If you’re looking for things to do in Hollywood, check out the list below.
- · Take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- · Stop by the Chinese Theatre or Dolby Theatre to see the red carpet of a premier.
- · Enjoy poolside champagne at the private saltwater pool of the Petit Ermitage.
- · Stroll through the dramatic lobby of the Hotel Roosevelt, the favored place to stay back in Hollywood’s Golden Age.
- · Push your senses to the brink with a breakfast, brunch or lunch at Alma at the Standard.
(Window) Shopping in Beverly Hills
One of the most famous shopping districts in the world is Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The fashion district is just three blocks long, but it’s packed with one designer store after another. In addition to getting a firsthand look at the latest looks off the runways, there’s a good chance you’ll see a celebrity getting the star treatment on Rodeo Drive.
Even if you don’t have thousands to spend walking down the gorgeous strip of shops is a must for any fashion forward visitor. For more affordable fare take a trip to Hollywood & Highland or the West Hollywood Design District.
Up Close Look at the Hollywood Sign and Outer Space
The Griffith Observatory is one of the top tourist attractions in the L.A. area. It’s located on Mount Hollywood right beside the iconic Hollywood sign. Once you’re done checking out pieces of outer space, taking panoramic pictures and playing with cool science tools you can hit one of the hiking trails to get an even better photo op of the Hollywood sign.
There are a number of fabulous hotel pools that host epic parties. The best ones are located up high on rooftops, giving you a commanding view of the Los Angeles landscape.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Who wouldn’t want to step into the worlds of some of their favorite movies? Wizarding World of Harry Potter alone is worth the trip. This film studio/theme park could easily take up an entire day to explore.
Seeing the L.A. Sights at Night
Traveling the West Coast provides spectacular sights during the day and all the entertainment you can handle at night. Los Angeles is just as active at night as it is during the day. There’s something to do every night of the week, especially in Hollywood and West Hollywood, two of the liveliest areas in all of L.A.
Here’s a quick list of some of the hottest spots to hit after sundown while you’re visiting L.A.
- · Visit The London West Hollywood after 5 pm when the rooftop pool opens up to the public for a memorable party under the stars.
- · Watch the LA Philharmonic perform at the spectacular Hollywood Bowl.
- · Catch an amazing comedy show with up-and-coming comedians at the Laugh Factory or The Comedy Store.
- · Take a history tour down Hollywood Boulevard.
- · Take on the Sunset Strip. It’s one of L.A.’s most infamous areas with landmarks like the Viper Room.
- · Spot celebrities while sipping drinks at Skybar.
- · Hit Pearl’s Rooftop for a backyard feel in the middle of West Hollywood.
- · Get authentic, farm-to-table California cuisine at Andaz West Hollywood.
There’s no way to see it all in a city that’s continuously on the move. But if you’re lucky enough to visit L.A. make sure to hit up at least a few of the attractions each day and night.