Things to do in

Los Angeles

Go behind the scenes of your favorite films and top it off with outdoor fun on rugged hills and golden beaches.

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Our most recommended things to do in Los Angeles

  • Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

    1. Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

    Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities. The centerpiece, Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multisensory effects. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission.

    Good and it was really interesting that you can actually colour fishes or sharks and it appears on the screen and people will be able to see your art work and I really liked the theatre when we got to see a amazing presentation and I really loved all the fishes and shark and everything else.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Ticket with Easy Cancellation

    2. Universal Studios Hollywood: Ticket with Easy Cancellation

    Enjoy world-class entertainment all in one place at Universal Studios Hollywood™. With the regular general admission tickets, you will receive full access to the park to enjoy either 1 or 2 days (depending on the option selected) of rides, shows and attractions. For those wishing to spend less time in lines, the Universal Express Ticket is also available to book. This ticket includes the 1-day general admission ticket, one-time skip-the-line park entry, one-time express access to each ride and attraction plus priority seating at select shows.* This ticket is very popular with guests, so purchase this ticket in advance here to guarantee Universal Express™ privileges! Some of the popular rides, shows and attractions you will enjoy at Universal Studios Hollywood include: The World Famous Studio Tour Go behind-the-scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore Hollywoo...

    Unkompliziert und gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Die Studios selbst sind definitiv einen Besuch wert

  • Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

    3. Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

    See Hollywood’s highlights for yourself on a guided sightseeing tour from the comfort of an open-top bus. Marvel at iconic locations such as the Hollywood Sign, where you can stop for a photo and admire the views of downtown LA.

    Make your way to the local partner’s office to begin your activity. Board the sightseeing bus, and away you’ll go on your tour of Hollywood. 

    Pass the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the Art Deco entertainment complex of the Dolby Theater, and the circular Capitol Records Building and other historic sights you’ve seen 1000 times on TV. 

    Next, head to the Hollywood and Vine district at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 

    Cruise down Sunset Boulevard, passing famous bars and nightclubs like Whiskey A-Go-Go and the V...

    Our tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We got to see everything we had hoped. The Hollywood sign was further away than expected, but everything else lived up to the advertising. One of the highlights of our time in LA.

  • Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour

    4. Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour

    Get ready to touch, tour, and explore the 110-acre backlot that brought “Argo” and “Batman” to the big screen. From “Gravity” to “Friends,” the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood takes you behind the camera for a revealing look at your favorite TV shows and movies. Explore “Stage 48: Script to Screen,” an interactive soundstage that explores phases of the film and television production process. Re-enact a scene from “Friends” on the iconic “Central Perk” set, or climb aboard Harry Potter’s broomstick for a photo opportunity.

    Explore the Studio Store with exclusive merch from your favorite films and TV shows. Dine at the Central Perk Cafe and enjoy your meal amongst recreated sets like Monica's apartment, and Joey and Chandler's pad. Then, shop for exclusive Friends merch in the Friends Boutique. The Grand Finale lets you step into recreated sets from the DC Universe where you...

    Loved the Harry Potter area. I wanted my picture as t the friends display but the line took forever and I had waited twenty minutes and couldn’t wait any longer! It’s a poor set up, you have there! I was very upset!

  • Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    5. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

    everythings was ok. Host was kind and very knowleadgable.May be drinks are litle bit too expensive. Beside everything was fine.

  • Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    6. Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Explore Los Angeles’ famous landmarks while you sit back and cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about Los Angeles’ unique history. You have the choice of personal recorded commentary, available in 9 languages, or an entertaining live commentary. This is the best way to discover all that Los Angeles has to offer. Our unique city tour and beach loop have a combined 22 stops for guests to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest. Included in your ticket are two exciting loops. The Hollywood loop features views of the world-famous Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, and Chinese Theatre. Explore Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive shopping area. See prehistoric fossils at the LaBrea Tar Pits and cruise the Sunset Strip. Discover a whole different side to LA by taking our Beach loop. Discover the sandy beaches and sun-soaked shoreline of Santa Monica and...

    Love this tour. The information provided for the places we were passing was very interesting. Drivers were friendly and professional. I enjoyed a lot listening to the stories during the tour in Hollywood , unfortunately when I changed to the bus that goes to Santa Monica pier we didn’t have one. Nothing to hear for a long ride. Over all I give the tour a 5 starts.

  • Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    7. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    Your 20-minute celebrity helicopter tour starts from the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from the world-famous Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. As your tour begins, you will lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences.

    Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others ge...

    The pilot was super friendly and informative. We departed on time. Great business and very professional.

  • Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

    8. Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

    Explore one of the largest vintage car collections in the world. See a vast array of over 100 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles displayed over three floors and 25 galleries. Admire the artistry and extravagance of iconic vehicles while learning about the engineering behind them. Marvel at Italian Maseratis and Japanese “supercars.” Discover interactive exhibits which will entertain the whole family. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute inspired by the animated film. Watch as your favorite cars characters explain how the mechanical systems that make cars work. Paint and personalize virtual cars. Race and color your own Cars character to take home. Kids can zoom toy cars around a racetrack. Get behind the wheel of a virtual race car with the Forza Motorsports Experience. Choose one of 8 curated experiences and feel what it’s like to burn rubber on the racetrack.

    I have been there before with a cousin visiting from Costa Rica in 2017, we truly enjoyed it so now my brother came to visit me so I thought about the Museun again. He absolutely loved it and I enjoyed too, nice to see different cars. But the parking is too expendive.

  • Los Angeles: Skip-the-Line Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

    9. Los Angeles: Skip-the-Line Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

    Learn about the Battleship of Presidents and see how sailors lived during your visit to the Battleship IOWA Museum. As you walk onboard you'll be greeted on the quarter deck and be given a safety briefing. Appreciate Iowa’s graceful, narrow lifted bow as you look forward up the sloped deck. Stand in front of turret one to get an up-close and personal look at the barrel of a 16-inch 50 caliber Mark 7. Continue a level above the main deck and see inside the captain’s cabin. Learn about president Franklin D. Roosevelt's custom-built bathtub, the first aboard a USN vessel. It was built for his stay on board because of his inability to take showers due to polio. Next, you'll see The 03 level flag bridge. Hear about the history of the ship and how only IOWA’s 03 level conning tower was armored among the four ships of her class. As you move toward the stern on the 05 level you'll get a closer ...

    Great tour and guide, Marty Golden! Learned so much about the ship. Not too strenuous for us 2 (80+) seniors. Many places to sit as we listened to the guide. Stairs not difficult. So much better than touring on our own. Recommend & Would go again!

  • Los Angeles: La Brea Tar Pits Museum Ticket

    10. Los Angeles: La Brea Tar Pits Museum Ticket

    Discover science in action and make discoveries right alongside the scientists. Step into the past and experience the Ice Age come to life as you explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Check out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling. See what excavators have uncovered today at the active fossil excavation site. Enter the museum and watch as scientists clean and study the unearthed fossils right before your eyes in the Fossil Lab. The museum showcases the best fossils, animals and plants that have been discovered here - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and more. It’s a gateway back to the Ice Age, right in the heart of Los Angeles.

    This is an amazing museum. I had no idea the so many large fossils were found right in downtown LA.

Frequently asked questions about Los Angeles

What top attractions are a must-see in Los Angeles?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Los Angeles?

    The best time to visit the city is in the summer. From June into September there's plenty for tourists to do. Perfect beach weather and good temperatures all day long.

  • How to get around?

    Los Angeles has a good public transport system for some of the city, but not all of it. In the more tourist-friendly areas, you can hop on and off of metro buses, DASH buses, and metro rail trains. But if you want to see the city for yourself and cover more ground around the beach areas, why not rent a car?

  • Where to stay?

    If you're looking for somewhere that's not too expensive, then head to the downtown area. You'll find some great hotels that are well-connected to the city, but not so close to some attractions. West Hollywood is another good, but more expensive choice. Or why not book a stay at the beach in Santa Monica?

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Although packed with tourists, the summer months are best for warm beach weather and outdoor activities!

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Los Angeles

Megan Indoe is a Brooklyn based travel enthusiast who shares her adventures with her husband and photographer Scott Herder across their travel channels on social media and their blog, Bobo & Chichi they are experts on Los Angeles as they lived there for several years!

What should I do on my first trip to Los Angeles?

First timers need to see quintessential Los Angeles attractions like the Hollywood sign which can be viewed from the Griffith Observatory along with vistas of the Los Angeles skyline, not to mention this is a really fascinating attraction in its own right, or you can hike to the Hollywood sign on the Hollyridge Trail. Another personal favorite is heading to Santa Monica to shop and dine around the Promenade, soak up the sun on the beach, or enjoy all the fun action happening on the pier. Venice Beach is also a fun stop where you can find great ocean view restaurants and bars, the famous muscle beach, and funky shops, street performers, and walk through the picturesque canals surrounded by the lavish homes.

What are some hidden gems to see in Los Angeles?

Hidden Gems to check out in Los Angeles include the conical Tesla Coil while you’re at Griffith Observatory, which you can see at work discharging lightning every hour.

If you’re wanting to explore a bit beyond the attractions in and around downtown Los Angeles head to the San Pedro Fish Market near Long Beach where you can dine at the waterfront seafood spots. Before or after you can visit the Point Fermin Lighthouse, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and the beautiful Korean Bell of Friendship.

Or if you’re wanting to track down some of the homes used in your favorite tv shows and movies you can go drive by and take photos of the exteriors of homes used in popular movies and tv shows like the Father of the Bride, The Brady Bunch, Beverly Hillbillies, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to name a few of many!

How much time should I spend in Los Angeles?

You can spend as little as a weekend in Los Angeles to an entire week to a month!

You will want a car as this city is very spread out and if you only have a weekend you should stay around Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice, and/or Downtown LA.

If you have more time you can explore along the coast and drive to Malibu and Topanga State Park or explore the south and make your way towards San Pedro and Long Beach or even Anaheim, and inland to Pasadena.

What food is Los Angeles known for?

Los Angeles has plenty of food worth traveling to and for. While you’re here you should really take advantage of the great Mexican cuisine, donuts, In N Out, and a remarkable Koreatown.

If you’re looking for specific places to try you have to stop at an In N Out and try a burger - double double is legendary and see if it's worth the hype but be prepared as Californians are very passionate about their local fast food chain, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, DK’s donuts, and Canter’s Deli to name a few of the most famous spots!

What is the best way to get around Los Angeles?

The best way and really only way to get around Los Angeles is by car unless you have an unlimited budget for ride shares.

What are the best months to visit Los Angeles?

The best part about Los Angeles and Southern California is that they have one of the most comfortable climates around the world pretty much the entire year.

You can expect warm, dry summers and mild winter temperatures. The further you get away from the coastline the hotter the temperatures can get.

Even in the middle of winter you may only need a light jacket.

There are no bad times to visit Los Angeles but something to be aware of is that the month of June is known as ‘June Gloom’ as the weather is very overcast and the closer you are to the coastline, you get a marine layer for the beginning half of the day which can surprise people who are expecting sunny California weather.

What is neighborhood Los Angeles known for?

Venice is known for its funky shops and thrilling beachfront with skate park, beach volleyball courts, street performers, street vendors, outdoor beach gym known as ‘muscle beach,’ and the Venice canals!

This is a pretty laid back spot to stay and a fun area for dining and nightlife not to mention a great beach day!

Be sure to rent a beach cruiser and cruise down the beach bike path that stretches 22 miles! You can go all the way to Santa Monica, which is highly recommended to Marina Del Rey to find a nice stretch of sand to hang out on in the sun or to just people watch.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Los Angeles’s food scene is amazing but very spread out. For pockets of great food check The Grove where you can find tons of shopping and dining options plus the famous farmer’s market here, head to LA’s famous Koreatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Los Feliz for more global cuisines to check out, and Santa Monica around the pier has plenty of great dining options.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

If budget is no issue you should head to Melrose Avenue Shopping District and Rodeo Drive for designer, luxury, and high end shops and boutiques.

Third Street Promenade and The Grove are basically an outdoor mall with tons of shopping opportunities for just above everyone.

And Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach is where you can find really great independent boutiques.

And for fashion lovers head to the LA Fashion District downtown where you can find deals at wholesale retailers where many boutiques and retail chains get their own inventory from!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Los Angeles?

If you had to pick one neighborhood or area to stay in, Santa Monica or Venice Beach would be the best if you’re hoping to enjoy the best of Los Angeles from beaches, shopping, and dining.

Staying at one of these beach areas is a little more laid back than Downtown LA and if you plan around traffic you can easily visit other parts of LA and get back to the beach for the rest of your afternoon and sunset.

The best times to explore and avoid the notorious Los Angeles traffic is before 7:30 am, between the hours of 9:30 to around 3:45 pm, or after 7:00 pm.

What is the best thing to do in Los Angeles for couples?

One of the most romantic and secluded areas for couples or a date is taking a stroll along long bluff overlooking the ocean at Point Dume off the coast of Malibu.

Afterwards grab a romantic dinner with one of the many restaurants with ocean views in Malibu.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Los Angeles?

The best spots for outdoor activities are the beach and hiking around the Hollywood hills!

Head to the Hollyridge Trail for a quick hike to the Hollywood sign, start at Griffith Observatory and wander around the hiking trails, or hike the Brush Canyon Trail where you can pass the Bronson Cave, the ‘bat cave’ from the 1960s Batman television series featuring Adam West as Batman as well as the location for a famous photoshoot with the late Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Venice Beach is the best beach for the outdoors because you have outdoor volleyball courts, the skate park, the outdoor beach gym, and the 22 mile bike path!

What are the best beaches around Los Angeles?

Malibu has the most gorgeous beaches in Los Angeles, head to El Matador Beach State Park for one of the most unique coastlines in Southern California.

For a classic Los Angeles beach day walking distance from many great places to eat and awesome people watching head to Venice Beach or Santa Monica Beach.

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What people are saying about Los Angeles

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Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

Our tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We got to see everything we had hoped. The Hollywood sign was further away than expected, but everything else lived up to the advertising. One of the highlights of our time in LA.

Great experience had a really good time. And the food served was also very good. And had options available to everyone. Just make sure you tell them to Give you the food voucher if you pay for that included

Geoff was our driver and guide. He did an outstanding job and made our day amazing. We truly enjoyed the entire tour. Ken S.

David was a great tour guide. He was accommodating and had a lot of “LA knowledge.”