Take a Tour of Los Angeles
It’s nice to take a general tour early in your visit to get an overview of things to go back and visit in more detail. So if you have time, you might want to schedule a full city tour as soon as you arrive. If you have more time, there or more targeted tours including some quirky tours that can introduce you to something out of the ordinary, like a food tour or a ghost tour. Los Angeles has just about any kind of tour you can imagine, from all-day city tours to movie or music-themed tours to ghost, food and crime scene tours. You can tour LA on foot, by bike, horse, limo, trolley, bus, boat, helicopter or plane. There are too many options to fit them all on one page, so I’ve broken them into categories.
Explore Famous Los Angeles Landmarks
Given LA’s starring role in so many movies and TV shows, the city is chock full of famous landmarks that draw visitors from around the world for their personal photo opportunity. These are places that are worth seeing from the outside, even if you never go inside.
Take the Photo Tour of LA’s Most Famous Landmarks to see which ones will be the perfect backdrop for your next Facebook photo. From the signature Hollywood Sign that can be seen for miles around to the floating Queen Mary, you’ll find LA icons worth adding to your personal “been there, done that” collection.
Visit a Los Angeles Theme Park
Southern California is blessed with an abundance of Theme Parks. Disneyland has a following all its own among families with kids and adults who never want to outgrow the magic. Universal Studios is the quintessential Hollywood-themed park; Magic Mountain is a rite of passage for thrill-seekers; and Knott’s Berry Farm is the most bang for your buck. See the full list of LA Theme Parks including water parks and smaller amusement parks and learn about the pros and cons of each.
Visit a Los Angeles Museum
If you’re just in LA briefly for the first time, you probably want to start with the Top Los Angeles Museums, including famous names like the Getty Center and the LA County Museum of Art. But if you’re looking for something more unique or a museum dedicated to a specific interest, explore my LA Museums Guide, which helps you easily navigate to exactly the kind of museum you’re looking for, whether it’s the perfect aviation museum, a historic ship museum or a specific ethnic museum. You can also explore museums by museum district.
Performing Arts in LA
As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is packed with theaters, concert venues, live music clubs, and comedy clubs as well as the opportunity to be part of a live studio audience for a TV show taping, so you’re really missing out if you don’t plan to see a show while you’re visiting LA. In most cases, the entertainment itself is the attraction, but venues like the Pantages Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl or El Capitan Theatre are worth a visit whatever is playing.