What to see in Los Angeles


Originally intended to advertise real estate in the Hollywood Hills, the inscription "Hollywood" now represents glamor and the film industry. Almost every tourist who visits Los Angeles wants to be photographed against the background of this historical inscription. The inscription is visible from all over Hollywood. Hollywood is a real symbol and the main attraction of Los Angeles.

The Hollywood sign is a symbol of Los Angeles and a true American cultural icon, located on Mount Lee.

2. La Brea

A pond with black tar in the middle of a city park is an unexpected sight in Los Angeles, but these are the famous La Brea tar pits. La Breya is a real treasury of archaeological finds, famous for its valuable numerous finds of extinct animals of the late Pleistocene period. One of the largest collections of Ice Age fossils in the world has been discovered here. The oldest of which dates back to 38,000 BC.

3. Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is the most famous US shopping street and one of the main attractions of Los Angeles. Rodeo Drive in the north starts from Sunset Boulevard and after 3 kilometers rests in the Beverly Hills area. While few come here to buy expensive designer clothes and accessories sold at high-end Rodeo Drive stores, however, this is a real tourist mecca. There is always a chance to see a celebrity or a real Hollywood movie star.

4. Santa Monica Pier

The world famous Santa Monica Pier is actually two berths. On the one hand, the pier was built in 1909 with the famous fishing shop and restaurant, and on the other hand, the pier was built in 1919, and they are connected by a pedestrian zone with an amusement park, old slides and wooden carousels.

Santa Monica is located west of downtown Los Angeles. There is no problem with parking, especially on the main street and between 2nd and 4th streets, between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard.

5. Hollywood Walk of Stars (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

The idea of ​​capturing celebrities with stars embedded in the sidewalk was conceived in the 1950s as a way to preserve the charm of Hollywood. Now on the Hollywood Walk of Stars there are more than 2500 stars with celebrity names. Avenue of Stars, this is a real attraction in Los Angeles. Every year, about ten million tourists come here to find the star of their idol.

6. Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal Studios Hollywood)

One of the world's oldest permanent movie studios, Universal Studios Hollywood is a family-friendly theme park that combines thrill with rides and live shows. This is one of the largest theme parks in the world. Attractions and attractions are made based on blockbusters, offering an exciting experience for film lovers, ranging from King Kong and Jurassic Park to rides from the blockbuster Water World.

The park is located in Universal City, west of Griffith Park.

7. Disneyland (Disneyland)

Located about an hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles in Orange County, Disneyland was the first Walt Disney children's theme park network. Disneyland is a real tourist attraction in Los Angeles.

The first Disneyland was opened on July 17, 1955, becoming a magnificent embodiment of Walt Disney's idea of ​​a park in which the world of children's fairy tales and cartoons would be recreated, where everyone is interested: both adults and children.

8. Getty Center

This is a huge museum complex created by oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. The Getty Center is a collection of art stars from the Renaissance to David Hockney, the center’s advanced architecture from Richard Meyer and the visual splendor of seasonally changing gardens. On clear days, you can add breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the ocean here.

One of the richest people in America created the Getty Trust in 1953. And today the world has thanks to him a rich art collection, which includes such masterpieces as: Van Gogh's paintings “Irises”, ”Monet“ Wheatstack ”and“ The Rape of Europe ”by Rembrandt.

The Getty Center is located west of Hollywood and can be reached by buses that stop on the coastline right across the road from the entrance to the Getty Center. By tram you can get from the car park to the top of the hill.

9. Griffith Park and Observatory (Griffith Park & ​​Observatory)

One of the largest city parks in the United States, Griffith Park offers total relaxation and relaxation from the crazy traffic of Los Angeles. In addition to many hiking trails and green areas, the park has many fun rides and attractions, from the Los Angeles Zoo to the open Greek theater.

In addition, here is one of the most iconic sights of Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory. Built in 1935 in the art deco style, the observatory complex boasts dozens of unique exhibits, a planetarium and several telescopes available for public use. A visit to Griffith Park and the observatory at night offers stunning views of the starry sky and the twinkling lights of the city.

10. Venice Beach

In any other country in the world, it would be an ordinary beach, but not in Los Angeles. Venice Beach or just Venice, this is the quintessence of the bohemian life of Southern California, it is a refuge for artists, homeless people and people free in the spirit of all stripes. Here Jim Morrison sang, Arnold Schwarzenegger rocked his muscles on his way to the pinnacle of fame, and Julia Roberts has her own home.

Venice Beach is a unique attraction of Los Angeles, here you can see how the movies are shot, since Hollywood loves to shoot here, look at bodybuilders from the famous fitness gym Gold Jim, admire the game of street musicians and just enjoy the evening sunset.

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Beverly Hills

Getting to know Los Angeles is better not from Hollywood (although it will not be ignored), but from the Beverly Hills area - one of the richest and most prestigious in the States. This has been the case since the beginning of the last century: the first famous residents of Beverly Hills were the actors Douglas Fairbanks (Jr.) and Mary Pickford, a little later they were joined by Rudolf Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Will Rogers and many, many others.

Until 1935, a brilliant composer Sergey Rachmaninov lived here in a separate mansion, a traveler who took a sightseeing tour of Beverly Hills can see not only the house, but also two pianos, on which he played a duet with stars of American cinema.

Now in Beverly Hills live Steven Spielberg, Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone and many other famous actors, once at the right time and in the right place, the traveler will be able to take an autograph from them or take a picture with them.

Beverly Hills streets, not suffering from a lack of shops, cafes and restaurants, are comfortable and interesting on their own, however, in order to get a complete impression of the life of the area, a tourist is recommended to take an excursion. Several times a day, small buses run through Beverly Hills from morning to evening, driving through them, looking out the window and listening to the guide’s explanations, the traveler learns about the area literally everything - and brings with him the most pleasant memories of Los Angeles.

Beverly Hills - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 04′23 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 23′58 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time to visit: around the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Now, having met with the legendary Beverly Hills, you can go to the center of culture and entertainment in Los Angeles - Hollywood. Many film studios are concentrated here, famous American actors live, as well as the Walk of Fame, the cemetery of cinema stars and the world famous Hollywood inscription made in white letters.

You can see all these objects on your own and as part of the tour, the first option is more difficult, but more entertaining, and the second allows you to get interesting information about the life of the area and the North American film industry as a whole along with the inspection.

Wherever a traveler goes on his walks in Hollywood, sooner or later he will certainly find himself on the Walk of Fame, otherwise known as the Walk of Stars. Here, embedded in the sidewalk, commemorative stars are placed in honor of American film actors - departed and alive. In total, the Alley has nearly 2700 such tiles. Most of them are dedicated to people, there are also the names of animals that starred in films, and even cartoon characters.

After wandering along the streets and alleys of the capital of cinema, you definitely need to climb the Mount Lee hill in Hollywood - look at the huge white letters, and at the same time take a picture against them. Climbing height - about half a kilometer, there are no special amenities for tourists here, but he will not meet any difficulties along the gentle slope covered with soft grass.

For obvious reasons, the letters must not be left inscriptions, or try to dismantle them: a visitor caught red-handed faces a heavy fine. This has happened repeatedly in the past, and now security measures have been significantly expanded.

Hollywood - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 08′02 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 19′17 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time to visit: around the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Santa monica

Another prestigious area of ​​Los Angeles, located west of Beverly Hills. Santa Monica gained popularity relatively recently - about forty years ago. The reasons for the rapidly growing popularity of the area are its magnificent mild climate, the abundance of sandy beaches and the ocean coast, suitable for a relaxing holiday, as well as for surfing and other extreme entertainment. But for diving, the beaches of Santa Monica are not very suitable: you can dive here, but there is nothing to see at the bottom, the ocean fauna near Los Angeles is extremely poor.

Having sunbathed on the beaches of Santa Monica and having received enough emotions from the hot sun and innumerable entertainments, the traveler can, without leaving the area, walk through the museums. There are several of them, the most popular are the Heritage Museum and the Museum of Art. The first is dedicated to the history of the Tongua Indian tribe that had previously inhabited this land: the exposition includes household items, samples of weapons and clothes, and, of course, photographs and documents - each exhibit is equipped with an explanatory plate. The second contains the masterpieces of European and American painters and sculptors, some of them are originals, the rest are skillfully made copies.

After the closure of the region’s oldest cinema (Majestic) in Santa Monica, there are five operating ones left; tourists should definitely visit two of them - Aero and Kraiterion, built in the mid-1930s.

The Santa Monica Taste festival has been held at the historic Santa Monica Pier, open for more than a hundred years, every October: during the festivities, the tourist can not only have fun and look at the costumed parades, but also enjoy free drinks and food prepared by the best restaurants in the area .

Santa Monica - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 01′19 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 28′53 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time to visit: around the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Grauman's Chinese Theater

On the Hollywood Boulevard of Los Angeles (in the immediate vicinity of the Walk of Fame) is the famous Chinese Theater, named after the impresario who allocated the money for his construction. Year of completion - 1928, architecture - typical pseudo-Asian, attractive, but not tied to specific oriental styles.

The facade of the building, from time to time decorated and restored, is guaranteed to be remembered by the traveler: it is simply impossible to walk past the theater without noticing it. The interior is not inferior to the appearance: everything here (from luxurious wallpaper to gilded trinkets) attracts attention and makes you want to stay in the Chinese theater for as long as possible - to carefully consider the red silk that hangs on the walls, elegant partitions and furniture partially brought from China, and partly created by American masters.

Grauman's Chinese Theater regularly hosts premieres of Hollywood films. The capacity of the hall is a little more than a thousand people, the ticket price is appropriate for the location and atmosphere. A traveler who does not have the opportunity to enjoy a session can just walk around the premises - the entrance, as well as being inside the building, is free.

Since the end of 2007, Grauman's Chinese Theater, bought by SIM GROUP, has officially changed its name: now it is the TCL Chinese Theater, but you can get to it by calling the old name: everyone in the city and its environs remembers it very well. Separate sightseeing tours do not exist here, the traveler can get the most general impression of the building by acquiring a sightseeing tour of Hollywood.

Grauman's Chinese Theater - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 06′07 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 20′27 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 09:00 to 21:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Kodak Theater

Like the Chinese Theater, this building changed its name not so long ago: now it is officially called the Dolby Theater, which, however, did not affect the ability to reach it. It is here (in the walls covered with red velvet, on the red carpet and under the flashes of countless cameras) that the Oscar is awarded - the most prestigious and most expensive in the world.

Inside the Kodak Theater, several modern cinema halls, cafes, restaurants, bars and even nightclubs are equipped - not to mention the numerous shops, including souvenir products. A traveler can get inside either independently or as part of a sightseeing tour - they take place here every half hour.

Before holding the Oscars, the Kodak Theater is rented for a week, at this time and until the end of the ceremony, you can get into it only by special invitation (or by purchasing an entrance ticket). Show programs, film screenings, and even part of the stores are suspended for a week - a traveler who ends up in Los Angeles during the Oscars can only admire the building from the outside.

From time to time (rather rarely) Kodak is rented by individuals for special occasions, such events take no more than one or two days, so it is enough for a tourist to postpone a scheduled visit at the same time.

Kodak Theater - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 08′11 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 21′00 ″ west longitude
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 10:00 to 19:00,
  • cost of visit: free of charge or depending on the chosen program.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Unlike Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, located in the northern part of Los Angeles, is a completely modern building, but it deserves the closest attention of the traveler - and primarily due to the unusual facade.

The year the Concert Hall was erected - 2003, design, commissioned by the Walt Disney studio, was entrusted to the famous American architect Frank Gehry. Despite the prevailing opinion, the shape of the building is not associated with modernist trends, but with the desire of the creators to maximize acoustics. And, judging by the reviews of connoisseurs, this was achieved: the sound inside the Concert Hall is saturated at all levels and at any distance from the stage - thus, a tourist with any income can enjoy the performance.

Nevertheless, the concept of the facade played an important role in the construction of the Concert Hall: the architect, who found the most functional form, was asked to make it look like heaving icebergs on the outside. Now the Walt Disney Hall, which is the main venue for the performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, looks not only unusual, but also beautiful.

More than two thousand listeners can fit inside the building, the most unusual detail of the main scene that opens immediately at the entrance is a huge organ made in the form of an asymmetric bundle of tubes. Despite the unusual concept, the instrument sounds great - you can verify this by visiting one of the organ music concerts regularly held here.

Walt Disney Concert Hall - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 03′19 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 15′00 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 09:00 to 20:00,
  • cost of visiting: from $ 2 per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Getty Center

The huge cultural center is California's largest repository of masterpieces of European and North American painting. The building, opened in early 1997, is visited annually by several million people, it took about one and a half billion dollars to build it, and almost a million is spent on annual maintenance. The center is named after the philanthropist who allocated money for erecting the building and filling the expositions; in one of the halls the visitor can see his portrait, as well as get acquainted with a short biography.

In fact, the Getty Center is not a separate museum, but a whole complex that includes art exhibitions (they have several halls), a Research Institute, the Institute for the Preservation of Art, specializing in the development and implementation of restoration techniques, and the Getty Foundation, which manages the life of a complex organization.

The art museum of the Getty Center presents the works of old and new European, American, Asian and African masters. Walking through the halls, the visitor will be able to lively see how the arts have developed in a particular region, admire the originals and admire the filigree copies of paintings, sculptures and jewelry.

In addition, it is worth paying attention to the library of the building (it has more than a million books, not all of which are in the public domain) and the famous Sculpture Garden in the open air.

Getty Center - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 04′39 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 28′30 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 09:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visit: from $ 5 per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Los Angeles Museum of Art

In the center of the main city of California there is another Art Museum, which is not so large and far less attractive from the point of view of architecture, but, thanks to the value of the objects presented in it, it is the second most visited after the Getty Center: more than a million people pass through the halls of the building every year.

In total, the collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art has more than one and a half thousand copies and is constantly growing thanks to donations from local patrons and generously subsidized by the city authorities.

The museum building is not distinguished by elegance in order to smooth the impression; it was decorated with a light installation that turns on every day with the onset of the evening and consists of two hundred spotlights. Admiring the view of the Museum of Art in the dark is an indispensable task for any traveler in Los Angeles: the time spent on the way to the center and back is worth the emotions received from the sight of iridescent lights.

The expositions of this museum were not created from scratch: throughout the first half of the last century, it was part of the Museum of Natural History and only in 1961 "budged" from it, becoming an independent structure. The largest financial investments - and the most rapid expansion of the collection - occurred in the 1980s, over a decade more than $ 300 million of private donations came to the fund. Near the most significant exhibits there are signs indicating on whose funds the painting or statue was purchased, even after more than thirty years the traveler will be able to pay tribute to the sponsors of the Art Museum.

Los Angeles Museum of Art - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 03′48 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 21′29 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 10:00 to 20:00,
  • cost of visiting: from 3 dollars per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Museum of Natural History

Not so far from the Los Angeles Art Museum is the Museum of Natural History - an interesting place for a tourist interested in biology, chemistry, physics and related sciences. The huge building, built at the beginning of the last century in accordance with classical ideas about architecture, decorated with a dome and colonnades, is included in the List of Historic Places of the United States, its facade is beautiful in itself - but the interior is much more beautiful and remarkable.

During its existence, the Museum of Natural History was overgrown with extensions and additional buildings that did not spoil the original concept of the building, the construction of the complex lasted more than sixty years and ended only in 1975.

The Museum’s collection contains more than 35 million copies: from skeletons and individual dinosaur bones to stuffed animals still living on the planet, from layouts and schemes to fully-functional 3D models that anyone can control.

Separate expositions are devoted to hypotheses of the development of life on Earth, the emergence of the universe and the processes taking place inside the human body; museum staff are present in each hall to help visitors understand the essence of the exposition and answer any questions that arise during the inspection.

It is recommended to set aside at least two or three days to get acquainted with the Museum of Natural History, it is unlikely that it will be possible to go around all the halls in one visit. It is best to use the services of a guide or guide - they will help you navigate the vast sea of ​​exhibitions and exhibits.

Museum of Natural History - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 01′01 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 17′720 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 10:00 to 19:00,
  • cost of visit: from $ 5 per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Petersen Automobile Museum

The huge Petersen Museum, built in the form of an automobile cover interwoven with ribbons, is a great example of a combination of conceptuality and ergonomics. The building, of course, is beautiful - especially in the evening, when external silver stripes shimmer in the soft illumination of the spotlights, giving the viewer the impression that the Museum building itself is lit. It also looks good during the day - the red color goes well with the silver stripes, and due to the fact that the sun shines over Los Angeles for almost 365 days a year, the towering facade is visible from afar.

On the other hand, each square centimeter of an irregularly shaped building is used for its intended purpose: several exhibitions operate here, as well as cafes, souvenir shops and two cinema halls.

The first and main exhibition of the building opened in 1995 is dedicated to the history of the automotive industry, several hundred units of products are presented on the four floors of the Petersen Museum - from the first copies, by which Henry Ford himself had a hand in creating, to the latest Ferrari and Aston Martin models . It takes a whole day to get around the entire historical exposition, a tourist can sit in some cars, and at the end, try his hand at driving retro models using augmented reality technologies. Another equally popular exhibition is dedicated to films in which auto racing is the main theme.

Petersen Automobile Museum - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 04′23 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 14′41 ″ west longitude
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 09:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visiting: from 3 dollars per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

La Brea Ranch

The magnificent La Brea ranch, which is part of the city line of Los Angeles, is a collection of tar and asphalt lakes in which at the end of the century before last the remains and whole carcasses of ancient animals were found: saber-toothed tigers and cats, bison, huge sloths, mammoths and other amazing creatures. The entrance to the lakes is closed for private visits because of their danger: you can get there only under the supervision of a guide.

But the tourist can easily (alone, as part of a group or an excursion) visit the Paleontological Museum of La Brea, which presents both objects found in lakes and dummies with models. A lot of space is devoted to interactive stands: on them the traveler is invited to follow the history of life in California, restored by scientists on the basis of finds.

As in previous cases, it will take several days to fully familiarize yourself with the La Brea ranch, even a quick excursion will take three to four hours - from a trip to the lakes with a further visit to the Paleontological Museum to walks in a luxurious, completely safe park with figures extinct animals. They can be touched, they can be photographed with, they can even sit on some.

La Brea Ranch - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 03′46 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 21′22 ″ west longitude
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 10:00 to 19:30,
  • cost of visit: from $ 5 per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory building, erected in 1935, is beautiful in itself, it looks especially spectacular (with lighting, huge windows and a glass roof) from a nearby hill. The classic style, combined with innovative solutions for that time (from functional turrets in the corners to the widest use of metal structures to help ease the shape of the building) will appeal even to a traveler who does not know anything about architecture.

The building of the Observatory, despite the abundance of equipment and the actual lack of free space, at various times served urgent purposes: during the Second World War military pilots were trained here, and from the beginning of the 1960s, NASA astronauts.

Begin acquaintance with the Griffith Observatory from the observation platform located directly under the glass roof. From here you can clearly see not only the center of Los Angeles and Hollywood, but also the Pacific Ocean - only this charming view can be enjoyed for several hours.

As at the very beginning of the observatory, the central place in the exposition is occupied by the huge Foucault pendulum, observing which the visitor will be able to make sure that the Earth rotates. No less popular are telescopes - ancient, lens and modern refractory.

The whole hall of the Griffith Observatory is reserved for interactive performances, in complete darkness, visitors can observe the current position of the planets and stars, as well as (in an accelerated version) the history of the movement of the stars. The presentations are accompanied by comments by the lecturer - otherwise understanding what is happening in the “sky” is problematic.

Griffith Observatory - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 07′07 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 18′01 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 10:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visiting: from $ 7 per person, a system of discounts and benefits.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

No less unusual than the Spanish Temple of the Holy Family, the Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is made in the postmodern style. The building, owned by the Roman Catholic Church, was erected at the end of 2002 on the site of the former St. Viviana Church, which suffered during the 1994 earthquake and cannot be restored.

Despite the unusual shape and complete discrepancy with the traditional style, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels leaves only good impressions: it is beautiful on the outside and extremely cozy inside. In addition to new paintings, statues and icons, there are several ancient shrines - from the ancient donor-bearer to the Czech icon decorated with diamonds.

There is also an organ in the church - not too large, distinguished by a warm rather than a majestic sound, but loved by all parishioners and guests of the church. Several times a week, free concerts of organ music are held here, at which not only ancient, but also modern works — spiritual and secular, are played.

After enjoying the views of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels from the inside and, if you're lucky, the sound of an organ, the traveler must certainly wait for the next hour to arrive: otherwise he will not hear the ringing of bells. There are several of them in the church, cast to order and featuring an excellent clear sound. There are no excursions to the bell tower - but visitors have the opportunity to study the layout of the bells and try to figure out (at least at the stand) how to connect the automatic mechanism.

Griffith Observatory - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 09′11 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 23′41 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 08:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Olvera street

From the postmodern temple, it's time to move on to the spirit of old Olver Street - a small street that lies in the center of Los Angeles. You can simply take a walk here, enjoying the silence so rare for a huge city and looking at the goods for sale, but it’s best to prepare a hundred or two dollars in advance for shopping, since there is always something interesting on Olvera Street.

The history of the street begins from the time of Spanish domination, then it was called the Queen’s Subject Street and the whole was a big market (almost without the possibility of through passage). Now on Olver Street there are separate shops, including souvenir shops, the Mexican market, which continues Spanish traditions, and many cafes and bars.

Musical processions, holiday festivals, orchestra performances, including the Los Angeles Symphony, and other important and interesting events are regularly held here. In all of them, the traveler can participate for free - to join the general holiday, enough desire and good mood are enough.

Olvera Street is especially beautiful in summer and early autumn: during these seasons, not only ceremonies are often held here, but also fresh vegetables and fruits are sold - moreover, it is much cheaper than in supermarkets familiar to residents of large cities.

Olvera street - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 07′32 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 18′49 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by public transport, taxi or car,
  • time to visit: around the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.


Finishing a visit to Los Angeles is best at the local Disneyland - not the largest and far from the most popular, but one of the coziest in the international network. Every visitor here feels at home - the staff is impeccably polite, and all attractions are completely safe. The park is located not in the city itself, but a few kilometers from it - in the town of Anaheim.

First, Disneyland consisted of five thematic zones: the main avenue, reminiscent of the streets of the Wild West, the Jungle, giving the visitor the impression of complete immersion in cartoons of "natural" themes, the Borderland, imitating a camp of Europeans on the border with the Indians, a fairy-tale country inhabited by heroes of the "magic" Disney series, Tomorrow's Country, fully dedicated to technological progress.

Over time, New Orleans, Holiday Country, Mickey Mouse Multi-Town and other areas that are popular with tourists and residents of the city added to these main areas. You can move around Disneyland both on foot and with the help of narrow-gauge painted in festive colors.

There are a lot of attractions at Disneyland: from traditional slides and carousels to the water park and towers moving along a complex trajectory. Access to some of them is limited by age or height, while others are accessible to all adults and the smallest.

Disneyland - how to get there and how much it costs:

  • coordinates: 34 ° 12′28 ″ north latitude, 118 ° 29′41 ″ west longitude,
  • Travel: by car,
  • time for visiting: daily from 09:00 to 19:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

To summarize

Los Angeles offers the traveler many opportunities: here you can bask in the sun, enjoy a swim, and most importantly - get comprehensive knowledge about the history of California, the masterpieces of ancient and modern art. Tourists should definitely go to the Automobile Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Getty Center, and then visit Hollywood and Beverly Hills - regular tours are conducted in these areas. At the end of exploring Los Angeles, it makes sense to go to another California city and see local attractions in San Francisco.

Before leaving, the traveler should check the luggage again and make sure that it does not contain any things that are forbidden to be transported - it is better to be careful in advance. The rules are the same for everyone, and to see, not observing them, the sights of Barcelona or New York will not work. If everything is ready, you can hit the road!

1. Hollywood

The most famous area of ​​Los Angeles, where the world-famous film studios are located and popular films are created. The most visited places in Hollywood are the famous Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. The district’s historical theaters often host premieres of future bestsellers, as well as an Oscar. At the local cemetery, many celebrities are buried.

2. Beverly Hills

Stylish and rich urban area, where mainly celebrities, famous athletes, industrial tycoons, wealthy foreigners and politicians live. In 1919, actor D. Fairbanks, Jr., settled here. Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and other famous people followed him. Especially for tourists, a bus tour is organized along the splendid streets of the Bererly Hills.

4. Hollywood Walk of Fame

A pedestrian walkway located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The place gained fame thanks to the memorial tables in the form of stars, which are mounted in the pavement. The names of movie actors, artists, cartoon characters, and even individual companies are engraved on these stars. To get to the Avenue of Stars, celebrities must apply to the Chamber of Commerce of the Hollywood area and pay 25 thousand dollars.

5. Hollywood Sign

The famous white lettering HOLLYWOOD located on the Hollywood Hills. It was placed as an advertisement for a new residential area in 1923, but over time has become a symbol of the American film industry. The inscription is known throughout the world as a special brand and quality mark. It is located at an altitude of about 500 meters on the slope of Mount Lee. The inscription was repeatedly attacked by vandals, but it was quickly restored.

7. Kodak Theater

Now the scene is called the Dolby Theater. At this venue, the annual Oscar awards, the Academy Awards, are like. The building was opened in 2001, it is located in the historic center of Los Angeles. The theater is a multifunctional complex, which includes several cinema halls, night clubs, restaurants and shops. Inside the theater you can go on a guided tour, which takes place every 30 minutes.

10. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

An art museum located in central Los Angeles. The gallery annually visits up to 1 million people. The museum collection, which covers almost all historical periods, has about 100 thousand copies. Currently, gallery funds continue to actively replenish. In front of the entrance is an original light installation consisting of 200 lights.

11. Los Angeles Museum of Natural History

The museum building is a monumental marble structure with a domed roof and a colonnade, it is listed in the American Register of Historic Places. The museum opened in 1913, subsequently for several decades until 1975, additional premises were attached to it. The museum collection is considered the largest in the western part of the USA, 33 million exhibits are stored in the funds.

13. Madame Tussauds

The Hollywood branch of the world-famous wax museum. Here you can admire Brad Pitt, Johnny Dapp, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many other legendary celebrities, as well as TV show stars and singers. Curiously, Madame Tussauds in Los Angeles is more visited than the head office in London.

14. The Broad

Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 2015. The billionaire I. Brod took part in financing the project. The building is located next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The original facade of the building consists of white cells of irregular shape. To visitors, it resembles a piece of cheese, a sponge and a subwoofer at the same time. The museum contains the work of artists of the second half of the XX century.

16. California Science Center

The museum was founded in the middle of the 20th century. The collection consists of exhibits demonstrating achievements in the field of astronautics, aviation, high-tech and high-tech industries. The territory is divided into several thematic zones, a separate room is allocated for the demonstration of the shuttle Endeavor. The museum also has an IMAX cinema. Often, various thematic events are organized at the scientific center.

20. Rodeo Drive

One of the central avenues of the Beverly Hills area, the focus of prestigious brands and a real “mecca” of shopping. Rodeo Drive has boutiques of all famous and respectable brands of world fashion. Only exclusive goods are sold in local stores and the highest class service is provided. Some showrooms are only open upon reservation.

21. Staples Center

Sports complex, which was opened in 1999. Various mass and sporting events are held here: national leagues, championships, prize giving, colorful shows. The Staples Center is the home arena for many famous teams belonging to the NHL, NBA and other sports leagues. More than 4 million people visit the arena annually; its capacity is about 20 thousand spectators (depending on the nature of the event).

22. Train Station Union Station

Station built in the 30s. XX century. The architecture of the building is a mixture of colonial style with Art Nouveau. The station became famous due to the fact that episodes of many famous films were shot here, among them - Pearl Harbor and Catch Me If You Can. Metro lines and tram tracks pass through the station. The Parkinson brothers worked on the station design.

23. Hollywood Bowl

An open-air concert hall and museum located on the Hollywood Hills. Since the 20s. Twentieth century concerts are held here by well-known musical groups such as The Beatles and Depeche Mode. World symphony orchestras also often perform here. The building was built in the form of an amphitheater, which provides excellent acoustics. In the museum you can look at old posters, tickets and various concert paraphernalia of past years.

24. Universal Studios Hollywood

A large amusement park for adults and children. In the thematic areas, visitors to the park are greeted by their favorite characters from films and cartoons. In the pavilions exhibited scenery from films and real shooting props. The park also has operating pavilions where it makes films. Universal Studios is located near the Hollywood area.