Have Some Fun in the Sun in and around Los Angeles

Jenny Peters

By , Local Expert, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles is a place that lends itself to checking off bucket-list experiences, for it is packed with attractions that are known throughout the world as must-do experiences. You haven't really lived until you've been to Disneyland at least once, made a trip to Universal Studios to see how movies are actually created and placed your feet in the cement hand and footprints made by world-famous movie stars in front of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. So many of L.A.'s hotspots have been memorialized in films and on television that they have become necessary stops along the way for any newcomer to the City of Angels, from Venice...  Read more »

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    Disneyland® Resort

    The most famous theme park in the world, Disneyland Resort has been making L.A. locals and visitors alike very happy since it opened in 1955.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to take advantage of FASTPASS tickets to beat the lines; look for the ticket kiosks near the most popular rides and get a reserved time to ride, instead of standing in line."

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    Universal Studios

    Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique, unbeatable combination of a working film studio, exciting...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Book the VIP Experience and you'll have a personal behind-the-scenes studio tour guide and front-of-the-line access to all the theme park's rides. Breakfast, lunch and valet parking are also included."

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    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Six Flags Magic Mountain is chockablock with many of the world's most death-defying roller-coaster rides....  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a FLASH Pass and you'll go to the front of all the lines; with a Platinum FLASH Pass you can even stay on your favorite coaster and ride twice."

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    Getty Center

    One of the world's great art museums, the Getty Center is worth a visit simply to see the Richard Meier-designed building and the spectacular views.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" and be sure to wander through the impressive sculpture garden."

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    Griffith Park

    Griffith Park is a huge oasis in the heart of Los Angeles, boasting everything from the famed Griffith Observatory to hiking trails and picnic areas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan to spend a whole day in this vast Los Angeles public park -- in fact, there is so much to see and do here you might just need two!"

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    Hollywood Bowl

    The Hollywood Bowl has been a Los Angeles institution since 1922, a stunning outdoor music amphitheater located just on the edge of Hollywood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your own wine and picnic basket to any of the shows at the Hollywood Bowl, but remember to use a carrier with wheels, for it's a long, often steep walk from the parking lots to your seats."

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    TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

    This is the place where movie stars leave their hand and footprints in cement; no trip to Hollywood is complete without a visit here.

    Local Expert Tip: "Know that the people costumed as your favorite superhero or movie star hanging around in front of the Chinese Theatre expect payment for being photographed with you."

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    The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

    Railroad magnate Henry Huntington put his millions to good use here, creating a breathtaking botanical...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: ""Free Day" is the first Thursday of every month, but you must have a ticket and tickets sell out well before the free day. You must order them via phone or online, starting the first day of the preceding month."

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    Venice Beach

    Famous for its eccentric blend of street performers, surfers, muscle men, hippies and homeless people,...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Rent a bicycle or a pair of roller skates and cruise along the Venice Boardwalk (it is made of cement) just like the locals do, then keep heading north to hit the Santa Monica Pier, too."

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    Catalina Island

    • Neighborhood: Outside the City

    The closest island to L.A., Catalina has always drawn Hollywood stars, scuba divers, yachtsmen and anyone...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Rent a golf cart from Catalina Auto and Bike Rentals and explore the island. Head high up for fabulous views of the beautiful bay. "



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