Our top 10 Los Angeles attractions
You can’t visit LA and not head to the original Disney theme park, which is not only the Happiest Place on Earth, but also the home of Mickey Mouse and his pals. The park’s central landmark, the fairytale castle of Sleeping Beauty, is surrounded by eight magical fantasy lands just waiting to be explored.
2. Hollywood Walk of Fame:
With the iconic coral-pink terrazzo and brass stars running along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, this is possibly the most famous sidewalk in the world. Established in 1958 to honour the greats of the entertainment industry, today around 30 new stars are added each year and the ‘walk’ covers more than 15 blocks.
3. Universal Studios:
Anyone into theme parks, movie sets and big-time film productions must not miss a visit to Hollywood’s oldest studio. Be transported into famous movie scenes on exciting rides and in thrilling shows and be immersed in all the action with a fun-filled tour of the historic backlots, soundstages and film sets.
4. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles:
Located in Downtown, this New World Catholic cathedral is very LA - big, brash and welcoming of all. The imposing 11-storey structure is in an ochre hue reminiscent of a Californian mission. A huge concrete cross decorates the front and, when illuminated at night, can be seen from afar.
5. Venice Beach:
With its cool Californian vibe, funky bars and restaurants, pop-up galleries and famous boardwalk, this colourful LA neighbourhood is not to be missed. A hub for artistic and creative types, it is also home to the unique Muscle Beach, not to mention the odd celebrity or two.
6. Farmers Market & The Grove:
A free replica streetcar shuttles shoppers between these two retail institutions. The historic Farmers Market has become a foodie favourite with more than 110 stalls and 30 restaurants, while the Art Deco-inspired outdoor shopping mall that is The Grove features well-known American retail chains and a dancing fountain.
7. Santa Monica Pier:
Established in 1909, this truncated pier boasts good old-fashioned fun with an amusement park, a hands-on aquarium, shops, restaurants, arcade games, bait and tackle stores, souvenirs and much more. Enjoy sea views from the Ferris wheel, ride the vintage carousel, and step back in time with a hand-pumped soda.
8. Dolby Theatre:
The design of this 3,400-seat theatre was inspired by European opera houses, and since opening its grand doors in 2001, has become renowned as the home of Hollywood’s night of nights, the Oscars. For the inside scoop, take a guided tour and see the inner sanctum of the stars, a famous Oscar statuette, and images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
9. Getty Villa Malibu:
Opened in 2006, this replica Italian mansion not only has million-dollar views, but houses an amazing collection of more than 44,000 Roman, Greek and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 B.C. to 400 A.D. The beautiful gardens complement the villa with decorative fountains, bronze sculptures, reflecting ponds and hedge-lined pathways.
10. Hollywood Museum:
Infused with old Hollywood glamour, this landmark Art Deco building houses over 10,000 authentic items of memorabilia from films, TV shows and movie stars. See Hannibal Lecter's jail cell, Rocky's boxing gloves, and don’t miss the Max Factor exhibit featuring the four makeup rooms famous for transforming actresses into Hollywood superstars.