Los Angeles is a very fascinating city and a great place for everyone on vacation. A visit to and around Los Angeles could be one of the best and most memorable experiences you will ever have. Tourists seem excited about everything from the simplest to the bigger. For some reason, tourists always like to see the famous Hollywood sign, and especially visitors from coastal states love to go to the beach and see the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
If you prefer an adrenaline rush of fun and plan to come to the city of Los Angeles, you'll be within a reasonable distance of several amusement and water parks, including Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hurricane Harbor, Disneyland, Knott Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Raging Waters and other venues like the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park.
If you are really interested in the Film Industry, you can go to a number of television shows to watch your favorite stars live and in person. Or if you prefer to be in front of a camera instead of in front of an audience, there are several advertisements in newspapers, magazines and published on telephone poles in search of all kinds of people who want to be background additions in movies, television shows and commercials. No experience required. Make sure you take down Hollywood Boulevard and look for the stars of your favorite entertainers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You can go to the Staples Center, home of the 9-year NBA (National Basketball) League
Association) Los Angeles Lakers World Champions. Magic Johnson has switched from professional basketball, but you will still see his name across Los Angeles. Participating with several businesses in the city, including some 24-hour fitness venues, Magic Johnson Magic Theaters located at Crenshaw Shopping Center, Starbucks Coffee and Magic Johnson's TGI Friday's Restaurant.
Across from the Inglewood Forum, where the Lakers played for about 30 years until a few years ago, is a Hollywood race track and casino. They only have horse racing for a few months of the year. But you are in luck because the Casino is in full swing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet your gambling needs. One of the few places here, at least so far, still has free parking.
For baseball fans, you can go to Dodger Stadium, home of the former Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions. You wouldn't want to go to Dodger Stadium without eating one of their famous Dodge Dogs.
Not only do we have professional sports champions, we also have our very well-known high school rivals, the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans who both brought their team championships to the city of Los Angeles and both had their students and alumni bring back gold medals when representing the United States for years at the Olympics.
If you want to see another historic sports venue, then head to the Los Angeles Coliseum. Not only was it the home of Ramen and then the Raiders, which was a comeback when Los Angeles had an NFL Football team, but it was also a staple for the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. If you watched the Olympics, you saw the Los Angeles Coliseum during the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the track and field events. The Olympic torch is still there.
While at the Coliseum, you might want to take a walk to the California Science Center at Exposition Park. It is a great educational experience for adults and children. The sports arena is in that general space. Also, there are several museums within walking distance in the area that you might be interested in going through.
You wouldn't want to miss spending time on the 405 San Diego Highway that passes the west side of Los Angeles County, so you can enjoy the bumper in the traffic jolts we all experience so often. Most people in the area call it the largest parking lot in the world. Your foot brakes the brake of your car while burning that expensive gasoline. You are usually either at a complete station or traveling at a snail's pace. Just hope they didn't have a car accident on the freeway in front of you because the snail in the race would actually win you over.
If you leave Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) just off the Playa del Rey beach on the far west side of town, you can take the 405 freeway and head north. When you finally manage to get through the traffic, you can visit the J. Paul Getty Museum just before arriving in the valley.
You can head to the Marina del Rey north of the airport where you can enjoy a cruise for dinner by the ocean or bring your fishing rod and get out on one of the all-day fishing boats or just hang out in a fishing village overlooking the Pacific Ocean and have food shops , drinks and souvenirs. There are places near most beaches where you can rent bikes. There is a bike trail on the trail next to the Pacific Ocean Beach. If you like roller skating, roller skating and / or skating, you will really like Venice Beach.
Usually from the west side of Los Angeles if you are at or near Playa del Rey Beach and look up, you can see planes flying over the ocean. If you are located east of the airport you can see planes landing for landing. But if you look up and see a helicopter, don't be confused. It's probably not a guided helicopter tour. It is more than likely that a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter is chasing a suspect news media helicopters trying to get shots fired and doing their best to keep them going. Police chases are very common here. You hear the sirens of emergency vehicles coming from all directions. But this is what best protects Los Angeles from our beautiful and safe city.
Honestly, as a traveler you really need to make safety and yourself and your families a priority no matter what city in the world you visit.
If you want to go on another cruise, you can go to Catalina Island. You can go there, have a little fun and come back the same day if you like or you can stay for a few days if you really like it. There are numerous activities.
Another historic place you wouldn't want to miss is the corner of Florence and Normandie Avenues streets, where the Los Angeles Angeles Riots began in 1992. Most of the businesses that were burnt to the ground during that time have been rebuilt since then, so of course they look much better and more modern. The others may never be restored.
On the far south side of Los Angeles County is Long Beach where you can see Queen Mary's ship anchored. You can go around the ship. Also, while in Long Beach, you can visit the Pacific Aquarium for an underwater adventure. Like the California Science Center, it is another great educational opportunity for both adults and children to learn.
It depends on what you are interested in buying. In malls that are everywhere you can get almost anything that comes to mind. The Del Amo Shopping Center in Torrance (southern Los Angeles County) is one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. If you are looking for discount clothing and other merchandise, then go to a clothing store in downtown Los Angeles. If you want expensive things, head down to Rodeo Drive and the Wilshire Boulevard area in Beverly Hills. Southeast of Beverly Hills is Grove where you can check out the farmers market Los Angeles has been serving since 1934. The area has been changed, expanded and built over the last few years.
Wilshire Boulevard is one of the premier business streets in Los Angeles that runs from the beach to downtown Los Angeles. So if you want to drive down Wilshire Boulevard just for fun, you can start the Santa Monica Pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it will take you through the cities of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. When you arrive downtown, be sure to check out the Los Angeles Civic Center area.
Another interesting street to go down for fun is Crenshaw Boulevard. You can start at Wilshire Blvd and go south on Crenshaw Boulevard. It will guide you through the inner city of Los Angeles. Your journey will take you through the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center, Leimert Park in Crenshaw County, then through Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Torrance, Rolling Hills Estates and all the way down to the Rancho Palos Verdes in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles County.
Check the Los Angeles Convention Center schedule. There are always some kinds of fun, business or information seminars, exhibitions or workshops. You may find something you might want to attend.
There are countless food and drink locations throughout Los Angeles, from the best dining restaurants to fast food places and every shade of gray in between will satisfy every appetite. All you have to do is find the ones that suit your taste. There are all kinds of fun, dance, activities and performances, in addition to all the things listed.
Unless you visit someone who has a car you can use, then you should probably rent a car, as waiting for public transportation in Los Angeles will make the most of your vacation. Have fun.