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
California, USA

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140 39
Santa Monica Pier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California, USA

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125 38
Venice Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Maryland, USA

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123 37
Hollywood Walk of Fame is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California, USA

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120 36
Universal Studios Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California, USA

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109 31
Hollywood Sign is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Hollywood Hills, California, USA

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93 23
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California, USA

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125 41
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
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
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
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
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
California, USA

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

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50 24
Walt Disney Concert Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, California

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Rodeo Drive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California

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Dodger Stadium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA

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

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

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40 28
Museum of Tolerance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
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
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
California, USA

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

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24 23
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
Figueroa Street

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22 24
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Los Angeles
California, USA

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