Travel The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles  

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List of things to do in LA. What are the best things to do in Los Angeles? While surfing in California is a must for some, others might find inspiration indoors at one of the city's best museums. The possibilities are endless for someone visiting Los Angeles for the first time. From hiking the Hollywood Hills to celebrity spotting in Beverly Hills, there's a wide range of attractions in Los Angeles.

Though Los Angeles is known for its celebrities and movie stars, there are plenty of free things to do in LA. Because the weather in Southern California is always pleasant, there are many cheap things to do in Los Angeles if you're the outdoorsy type. Hiking up the Hollywood Hills is a must for the best views of Los Angeles and for the iconic Hollywood sign view. Not much of a hiker? Visit one of Los Angeles' beaches, including Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Malibu Beach, for palm trees and a taste of the California sun.

The city of Los Angeles is rich with history. Visit iconic spots such as the Hollywood Heritage Museum to learn about the history of Hollywood, then take a tour of Paramount Studios and visit the sound stages where movies like Forrest Gump have been filmed. The best attractions in LA aren't always the most obvious like the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Universal Studios, but the best things to see in Los Angeles is the real history of the entertainment industry in the iconic venues. Stop by the Chateau Marmont Hotel where celebrities can often be spotted grabbing a late dinner and drinks, or catch a show at the Troubadour, the legendary music nightclub that has hosted acts such as Elton John to Radiohead.

Looking for the best attractions in Los Angeles? Whether you're looking for a star-studded movie premiere in LA or fascinated by the city's rich culture, there are many things to see in Los Angeles. Vote up the city's best sights (or add some of your own), and use this list as a guide for your next trip to the City of Angels if you're asking yourself what to do in Los Angeles.

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Griffith Observatory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory California, USA

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Santa Monica Pier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier California, USA

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Venice Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Venice Beach Maryland, USA

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Hollywood Walk of Fame is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Walk of Fame California, USA

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Hollywood Sign is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Sign Hollywood Hills, California, USA

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Universal Studios Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Universal Studios Hollywood California, USA

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Malibu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Malibu California, USA

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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Disneyland Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California, USA

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TCL Chinese Theatre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Getty Center California, USA

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La Brea Tar Pits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
La Brea Tar Pits California, USA

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Universal CityWalk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Universal CityWalk California, USA

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Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles

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Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Beverly Hills California, USA

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Warner Bros. Studios is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
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Hollywood Bowl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Bowl California, USA

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Natural History Museum of Los ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Los Angeles, California, USA

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Six Flags Magic Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Six Flags Magic Mountain Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Capitol Records Building is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Capitol Records Building California, USA

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Walt Disney Concert Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, California

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Dodger Stadium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Dodger Stadium Los Angeles, California, USA

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Rodeo Drive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Rodeo Drive Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California

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Getty Villa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Getty Villa Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California

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Huntington Beach Pier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Huntington Beach Pier Huntington Beach, California, USA

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lostshadow added Santa Catalina Island Catalina Island is an hour boat ride from Long Beach and it's a great place to "get away from L.A."

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Manhattan Beach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Manhattan Beach California, USA

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California Science Center is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California Science Center

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El Capitan Theatre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
El Capitan Theatre California, USA

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Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo Los Angeles, California, USA

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The Troubadour, West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
The Troubadour, West Hollywood West Hollywood, California, USA

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Museum of Tolerance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Museum of Tolerance California, USA

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Madame Tussauds Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
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Union Station is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
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Rose Bowl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Rose Bowl Pasadena, California, USA

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Olvera Street is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Olvera Street California, USA

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The Grove is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
The Grove California, USA

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Chateau Marmont Hotel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Chateau Marmont Hotel Los Angeles, California, USA

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Lo... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Los Angeles

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Runyon Canyon Park is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Runyon Canyon Park Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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Hollywood Wax Museum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Wax Museum California, USA

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Los Angeles Public Library is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library

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Staples Center is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Staples Center Figueroa Street

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Nokia Theatre L.A. Live is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live California, USA

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Koreatown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Koreatown California, USA

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Hollywood Heritage Museum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Heritage Museum California, USA