We Know: 10 Best Things to See in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is quintessential Southern California! Ten things every visitor should make a point to see in Los Angeles include:
1. Visit the architecturally "sound" Walt Disney Hall.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles; 323.850-2000) took 17 years to be realized, but it was worth the wait. Built by Frank Gehry, who masterminded the Guggenheim in Spain, Disney Hall is home to the L.A. Philharmonic and is considered to be one of the best acoustically perfect halls in the world. The 45 minute self-guided audio tours are available for $10 during non-matinee hours (9AM to 3 PM) and matinee hours (9AM to 10:30AM).
2. Soak in the SoCal sunshine along Pacific Coast Highway.
The sunny beaches along Pacific Coast Highway is what tourists expect SoCal to be. Storied Highway 1 in Los Angeles County starts from Long Beach in the South to Pacific Palisades in the North, covering the communities of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Malibu.
3. Take a cruise along the Sunset Strip.
The Los Angeles you hear in stories has happened along famed Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard runs the gamut of Los Angeles culture, from its origins on Figueroa Street in downtown L.A. through strip joints, seedy hotels, Hollywood,Beverly Hills, and the exclusive homes towards the West End, finally ending at PCH in Pacific Palisades. Don't forget to stop at famous Pink's Hot Dogs for a tasty treat.
4. Enjoy art and culture atop the Getty Museum.
The Getty Museum (1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles; 310.440.7300) overlooks the communities of West Los Angeles, and for only the price of parking ($7), the architectural design is well worth the visit. The Getty opens Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to 6PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 9PM. Admission is free.
5. Journey over to Pasadena for culture, shopping, and history.
Sitting in the San Gabriel Mountains ten miles Northeast of L.A. proper is the community of Pasadena, home to the Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library, Frank Lloyd Wright's celebrated Gamble House, and the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade. Old Town Pasadena is a delightful place to shop too.
6. Take a tour of Bohemian life along the Venice Boardwalk.
South of Santa Monica, along Ocean Front Walk and Pacific Avenue, is the eclectic and always interesting Venice Boardwalk. Visit Muscle Beach where the Terminator got his start before he became the Governator of California.
7. Steal a glimpse at the stars while you shop until you drop at Rodeo Drive.
Rodeo Drive, between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills, hosts L.A.'s most exclusive and expensive shops, such as Barney's, Giorgio Armani, and Gucci. While you window shop, you may run into a star or two.
8. Experience the magic with Mickey and friends at the Disneyland Resort.
No tour of Los Angeles is complete without a visit to the Magical Kingdom,33 miles south in nearby Orange County. Visit classic Disneyland, or the new California Adventure across the ways. Park hopper tickets run from $69 for children ages 3 to 9, and $79 for adults and kids over 10. Single park tickets cost $49 for kids, and $59 for adults and kids over 10. Discounts for Southern California residents are available during certain times of the year (1313 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim; 714.781.4565).
9. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Boulevard of the Stars.
Over 2,000 stars line the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame (323.469.8211), on Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue, and again between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.
10. Don't leave without visiting the Farmer's Market.
At the corner of Fairfax and Third Street, the Los Angeles Farmer's Market (6333 West Third Street, Los Angeles; 323.933.9211) has wowed local residents and tourists alike for 60 years. An international food fest awaits the hungry visitor, from locally grown fruits and vegetables to home-baked goods.