Being that Los Angeles is home to some of the biggest stars on the planet, it would be silly to spend time in L.A. without seeing the Walk of Fame before you go. Fifteen blocks house over 2,500 embedded stars in their sidewalks. The stars hold the names of actors, musicians, producers, directors, musical and theatrical groups, and even some fictional characters! Most of the stars are organized in certain location based on their famous work, so you can easily find your favorites.
It's one thing to see the stars' names in the sidewalks on the Walk of Fame, and another thing to spot one in person on Rodeo Drive. You don't have to be rich to come here, window shop, and admire the stunning buildings, all while enjoying the palm tree-lined streets and sunshine. This street, famous for its high-end shops and luxury goods stores, is a major tourist attraction in itself, but there is also a large business district that surrounds Rodeo Drive, known as the "Golden Triangle." This area is full of major tourist attractions and even more shopping areas, so take an afternoon to explore it!
Allow Woody Woodpecker, L.A.'s Universal theme park's mascot, to take you on an afternoon of historical theme park fun. Hollywood's was the first of many Universal Studios theme parks located around the world and is still entertaining locals and tourists today. Take the famous Studio Tour, a 40-60 minute tram ride around Universal's movie studio back-lot, catch a show such as the Blues Brothers, or have yourself a casual stroll through Universal's CityWalk, offering a number of shops and restaurants.
Santa Monica Pier may be officially located in the city of Santa Monica, but its location on Santa Monica Bay means that it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles. It is certainly worth the drive to the lovely outskirts and incredibly agreeable climate of the Santa Monica area to see the attractions waiting for you at the pier. The pier itself was built in 1909 and the famous Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome (the giant carousel) is a National Historical Landmark. Find time to explore all the sites and fun at the pier and you will not be disappointed.
Olvera Street is another L.A. attraction, which provides the perfect combination of history and divine entertainment. This street is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and has 27 buildings of different ages to be discovered along its zigzag brick patterned sidewalks. The street is now known for its Mexican marketplace, lined with street vendors, painted stalls, cafes, restaurants, and gift shops. Grab a taquito, watch some Aztecan folkloric dancers, and take in the romantic "Old Los Angeles" feeling that the street exudes.
California is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and not just for its family-friendly theme parks that can keep you entertained for days on end. Like other states along the West Coast, California has gorgeous coastlines,...