Everyone says this is a little disappointing. I suppose it is if you're expecting something more glamorous. The truth is that to me it seemed like a nice street, where you can stroll along the shops and you find everyone staring at the ground laughing and pointing when they see a star's name that they like.
The Venice Beach neighborhood has little to envy to Santa Monica. It is lovely, big and has plenty of kiosks and places for snacks. It has more environment than the other but defintely less glamorous. Depending on the roll that one takes, you can go to one part or the other. It is also interesting that Muscle Beach is right there.
Surely one of the most recognizable images on the planet. The famous Hollywood sign at the top of the hill. You can see it from Hollywood Boulevard, even though it's kind of far away for some cameras. It's not that it's beautiful, it's that it's an icon and you have to take a picture of it and see it if you go to Los Angeles.
The Griffith Observatory is one of the essential places of LA. The idea is to go up during the day to see the inside of the observatory and to go out at night,to see the city lights come on and how the city becomes a beautifully illuminated place, seeing all the way from the beach to the downtown skyscrapers ... passing the Hollywood sign. If you like photography, this is your place.
Located next to the Kodak Theatre, this one is far more beautiful. On the floor are hand and foot prints of the great movie stars of yesterday and today. The worse part is the number of people who stop in front of its doors and stop the other people walking by. But here we're all going for the same reason, to take pictures and nothing else.
Surely, the site that most disappointed me out of all of Los Angeles. It's a large avenue that is run-down and far-removed from the glamour that you can see from a distance when you think about Hollywood. Shabby shops that sell the most tacky things, weird people, even filth .. A most unusual site leaving gaping tourists, but otherwise what one would expect.
The American Venice. Channels surrounded by beautiful nature, beautiful homes, and right next to a beautiful beach. A fantastic place to live and one of the most popular neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You have to pass through.
It's impressive arriving to La for the first time you find the city financial and business center surrounded but skyscrapers. Breathtaking views from any building, for example from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the scene of numerous films.
The venue where the Oscars are held is at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, in the only part of this street that has something interesting. At the door there are red carpets, cameras, and lots of people gathered. But at the moment of truth, it is not particularly pretty or flashy.
Not far from the LA Cathedral is the Music Center. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. The latest part of the complex is the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, completed in 2003. Among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra plays here.
The place that surprised me most in Los Angeles. Not that it is a wonder of nature, but there is a lot of action and movement at night and is the place to go for dinner near the ocean. There is good atmosphere, good restaurants and live music. It's a great place to have a drink. Although it is outside of Los Angeles, like any other place.
Imagine a slice of rural life in the middle of the chaos of Los Angeles. Here you can find farmers selling their produce directly to the public, indulge in good food from around the world, and have a reasonably priced glass of champagne in the middle of the afternoon! This place is a must see, full of charming stands serving various types of food, from fast food to French delicacies. If you want to cook, this is the best place to buy your ingredients: meat, fruit and vegetables of all kinds, seasonings, drinks ... just remembering it is making my mouth water! And of course there's all flavors of chocolate, pies, candy, gum, and marshmallows! And if you're a coffee connoisseur like me, then you should know that this is one of the few places in LA where you can have a good, strong cup of the black stuff!
Many Europeans criticize the US, saying that Americans are arrogant and the food is just fatty and disgusting. Well, I sometimes feel like they've been to a different country than the one I visited, as we ate well, found amazing places, and met a lot of very friendly people! Here in Los Angeles, where most people come in search of glamour and trendy nightlife, we found one of the most beautiful museums in the world: the Getty Center. We arrived at the palatial property in the hills of Santa Monica, and embarked on a scenic train ride complete with incredible views, to the top. The museum's architecture is modern, well-lit, spacious and open, and the fascinating garden with mazes of trees, exotic flowers, views of the entire city and the Hollywood sign, is spectacular. I'll never forget the way that every corner had the fragrance of a different flower! Lunch at the museum is cheap, with plenty of vegetarian options and great service. Even if you don't like art, it's worth a visit...and if you do, you're really in luck, as you can see works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Gaugan and more! For me, the highlight of the tour was Van Gogh's Irises, which he painted while in the asylum. I really can't find anything to criticize about my trip here.
I had never seen a live basketball game, but we had the opportunity to see the Lakers on our visit to LA. It was exciting, and Pau Gasol and his brother played. We had a great time, the atmosphere was great, there was a great ambience everywhere you looked, and they had a live orchestra playing as the basketball players played, what an awesome event! Also I have to say I loved how Bryan played!
As we are all big movie fans in the family, it was unthinkable to miss out on Warner Bros. Studio while we were in the city of cinema! Before our trip, we looked at the different studios available to visit. We're not rollercoaster-lovers, so we decided to pass on Universal Studios and go to Warner Bros. instead. This was the right choice, and we loved the tour! By coincidence, we were there with another French family. Our guide, Bob, told us he was sorry that he was supposed to give the tour in English, but he spoke a little French after spending 10 months in our country. In the end, he spoke French very well, and thanks to two bilinguals in the group, we were able to help him with some words he wasn't sure about. By chance we met a couple of actors on the site: George Clooney, who of course needs no introduction, and Zachary Levi, star of the series Chuck. Bob said we were really lucky as it's rare to see actors, and in fact this was his first time meeting George Clooney! The tour includes several buildings and studios, but if you have a special request about a movie or series that was shot there, be sure to ask your guide. I won't say anything about the content of the tour so as not to spoil the surprise, but I definitely recommend the tour to anyone visiting LA!
Better known as LAX, Los Angeles Airport is located near the coast south of Santa Monica and its beautiful beaches. It is still in 8th place worldwide. It has lots of flights to Asia and Europe and it is usually where you land when you want to visit California!
El Capitan is a famous cinema located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Built in 1926, it hosted the premieres of several films, including Citizen Kane. The cinema was purchased and renovated by Disney in the 90's in order to revitalize the neighborhood, preparing it for the 2001 opening of the Hollywood and Highland Center. In 2005, Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store was opened just to the left of the entrance to the cinema. Disney wanted to revive an American tradition that had almost disappeared, the soda fountain. A fascinating place, but unfortunately it's always totally overrun by tourists!
Undoubtedly, the most famous of all the top Los Angeles attractions is the Hollywood Sign. In fact, one of the most common things to do in Los Angeles is a tour to Mount Lee to visit the sign itself. Just remember, it's completely illegal to climb the sign!
Another of the classic things to see in Los Angeles is the Walk of Fame. This starry path full of celebrities' names has to be walked several times in order to find your favorite star. Another of the best places to visit in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory which boasts some of the most incredible views of the entire city, especially at dusk. It's also a planetarium and an exposition center.
Another of the top attractions in Los Angeles is the Downtown area which is the city's financial district. Full of skyscrapers, it has a very different look than other parts of the city. The theme parks and museums of Long Beach should also be on your list of stuff to do in Los Angeles.
So if you're wondering what to do in Los Angeles, check of these real tips from minube travelers and find the best Los Angeles activities to help you discover the true soul of the city.