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Essentials in Los Angeles

Observatory
“The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935, in accordance with the will of Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor after whom the observatory is named. ”
  • 1676 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Vast grounds in the middle of Miracle Mile offer beauty unto themselves. The museum is filled with many beautiful pieces. You can go into the Boone Children's Gallery and they will set you up with high-quality Japanese watercolor paints and paper. You can paint for free to your heart's content. They also have excellent live jazz music outside on Friday evenings from April-November.”
  • 1049 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“The Grove Shopping Center has a Nordstrom, Apple Store, lots of family-oriented restaurants and Pacific Theatres. Also located at The Grove is the historic Farmer's Market. ”
  • 1127 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, California.”
  • 815 locals recommend
Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 1021 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 793 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A newer museum with fascinating contemporary art exhibits. General admission is free and some exhibits require an additional ticket. The building design is also unique.”
  • 492 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Free! Just pay for parking. Majestic hilltop buildings, the art is Ok, the traveling collections can be great, but the real attraction is the space and gardens themselves. Must not miss!”
  • 813 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Once in your life, you need to see a concert at The Hollywood Bowl. A beautiful outdoor music ampitheatre in the heart of hollywood. Check out the schedule online and consider ordering a picnic meal to be delivered to your box seats!! ”
  • 550 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. This place is legendary , even in our so called winter this place is busy with people and musicians everywhere. There are beach tours, bike rentals, and electric scooters for cruising (lime and bird). Download the apps.”
  • 746 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“elite shopping , stores, food courts, and beautiful people. Amazing restaurants also exist on the premises! ”
  • 376 locals recommend
Landmark
“Great place to see the famous Walk of Fame of every star who has graced Hollywood. Enjoy exploring and learning more about the world's most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors! ”
  • 325 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“Abbott Kinney built Venice and this street was named after him in the 1980's is full of High end shopping stores. ”
  • 505 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Lots of crazy stuff here, but I recommend you rent bikes (or a segway) and roll along the bike path. It's an experience.”
  • 396 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Only steps from where you’re standing right now. This famous shopping center is right in the middle of bustling Hollywood Blvd. and right near TCL Chinese Theatre and steps from the Walk of Fame. ”
  • 399 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Historic stadium and a must visit for all baseball fans. Team store open every day and tours available. ”
  • 255 locals recommend