Los Angeles is a city in California most famous for Hollywood and the movies. Los Angeles offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Hollywood walk of fame (and view of the Hollywood sign)
- Hollywood sign
- Griffith park and observatory (and view of the city)
- Universal Studios and Disneyland
- Day tours of the sites of Los Angeles
- TCL Chinese theatre
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Rodeo drive (where the stars shop)
- Santa Monica pier
- Beverly Hills (where the stars live)
- Dodger stadium
- Venice beach
Los Angeles is a huge city and you’ll need a vehicle to get around. Walking Los Angeles is impossible! Make sure you choose a hotel in a location near the sites you are planning on visiting so you don’t spend all your time commuting. I stayed in Hollywood Historic hotel on Melrose Ave, they have a great location and service at a competitive price for Los Angeles. They also provide free parking, so you can leave your car and get picked up from the hotel as part of a tour.
It’s likely that you’ll only be in Los Angeles a few days, so you should consider taking a city tour. Tours are useful as they try take you to as much as LA as possible in a day. They know the routes which saves you having to navigate the city and the hassle of parking at each site. They also have permission to enter Beverly Hills and see the houses of the Hollywood stars!
If you do take a trip out in your own car, I recommend you visit Griffith park, this park gives great views of the city of Los Angeles.
As a Michael Jackson fan it was interesting to see the home where he died. The tour driver said he moved here so he could be close to his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. Who knows if that is true or not but he was living there to rehearse for his ill fated ‘This is it’ tour. You may have heard of TMZ, the celebrity gossip channel. You can take a TMZ tour which is specific to celebrities and you’ll learn exactly who lives where and even hunt for celebrities!
Who is your favorite Hollywood star? Part of the fun of the walk of fame is finding the star of your hero. More often than not, there will be an impersonator next to each star, so you can get a photo with them as well! You’ll also come across lots of souvenir shops and tour companies on the walk of fame. The walk of fame is probably the first stop for most tourists in LA!
There are 2 main theme parks in Los Angeles, Universal Studios and Disneyland. I chose to go to Universal Studios because Los Angeles is the home of movies! I was lucky enough to meet my countryman Mr Bean, you’ll encounter a few meet and greets in the park. There are real life Transformers outside the ride who’ll come out for meet and greets to a schedule. Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and Mega Tron are the 3 you can get your photo with. I chose to get a VIP pass whilst in the park which meant I got to jump the queue for all the rides and shows, I recommend this on busy days!
You’ve probably heard of muscle beach which is part of Venice beach. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (the original Incredible Hulk) used to train here back in the 70s/80s. Venice beach is an interesting place to visit, you’ll love people watching here!
To get to San Francisco is very easy, just take I5 North. But, as you are on vacation in California and you didn’t come to see a highway, you should take the coastal route. San Francisco is quite a distance from Los Angeles so you may consider taking half the journey on I5 and half on the coastal route.