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Los Angeles - Lights, Camera, EXPLORE!

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Los Angeles... some call it the City of Angels, or the City of Dreams. I call it the City of Wow... There is so much to do here! I bet the locals haven't seen everything... experienced everything. So how does one decide where to stay, what to do, and even what to eat? Well, reading this is a good start!

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
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  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
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8 Places

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8 Places

Universal Studios Hollywood

Theme Parks

Patina Restaurant

Restaurants

Hollywood Wax Museum

Speciality Museums

La Piazza

Restaurants

El Capitan Theatre

Movie Theatres

Guinness World Records Museum

Speciality Museums

Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum

Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Film & TV Tours

Hotel Figueroa

Hotels

Angela A's City Tips

  • Don't be afraid to try new things. Travel is all about new foods, new places, and new faces!
  • Check out the live audience tapings for your favorite game or talk shows. It's FREE, and tons of fun!
  • See what may be filming while you're in town! You never know when your favorite actor may be a few blocks from your hotel doing a street scene!
  • Be sure to explore the food options! L.A. is definitely one of the top places for "foodies"!
  • Really make use of the public transportation! Traffic is crazy, so you do now want to be stuck in your rental car for hours!
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Ahhhh... and when one thinks of Hollywood, the mind conjures images of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Universal Studios! Walking through the gates of Universal Studios is like walking straight into a movie. There are no auditions. There are no casting calls. Just pass through the turnstiles, and you're there. One can instantly feel the magic of Hollywood... building into an excitement that is nearly uncontrollable. And this is even before experiencing the plethora of attractions that await. Universal Studios most decidedly had the entire family in mind when designing this theme park. There are multiple shows, highlighting everything from celebrity animals to high speed water stunts that literally have you on the edge of your seat. I can honestly say without any pause that the Studio Tour is worth the price of admission in itself. Seeing actual sets that you've seen at home while watching your favorite television show is an unforgettable experience, but you never know what may await around the next curve. You will be exposed everything from floods to Jaws, and then Godzilla in 360 3-D. And Universal Studios does not stop there. The rides that are offered draw in the entire family... either while hopping on the Simpsons or Jurassic Park rides, or taking the thrill seekers on the Revenge of the Mummy. There is an even a "Haunted House" style attraction called the House of Horrors, where the scariest characters hop off of the silver screen and right in front of your face! The newest thrill ride at Universal Studios is the Transformers: The Ride -3D. Utilizing media and flight simulation technology, the rider will feel like they are realistically a part of the action. You are totally immersed into the sights... the sounds... the action... and the total world of Transformers like never before! While in the Hollywood area, a trip to Universal Studios is an absolute must!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there early to avoid the longer lines in the late afternoon!
    • Try to visit the attractions with the longest lines early in the morning, before the park fills up.
    • Always bring sunscreen!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Studio tour make it worth it 17/02/2019
    • Great day out 17/02/2019
    • Universal Studios Hollywood
    Address:
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 91608-1002
    Phone:
    +1 800-864-8377
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Patina Restaurant
    Restaurants (French)
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    Angela A Says:

    Located inside the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina offers luxury dining that is unparallelled. Master Chef Joachim Splichal offers a creative, distinctive menu that will utterly redefine your image of culinary elegance at its best. The White Truffle Risotto is a perfect prelude to such offerings as Seared Scallops, Jidori Chicken, and Alaskan King Salmon. Every bite is an adventure, culminating in the Passion Fruit Chiboust or Caramel Chocolate Namelaka.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make a reservation!
    • Be adventurous, and try something that you've never had before!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #297 of 7 291 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good food and service 29/01/2019
    • Excellent Food and Service 02/01/2019
    • Patina Restaurant
    Address:
    141 S Grand Ave
    The Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034
    Phone:
    +1 213-972-3331
    Price range:
    US$41 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun
    16:00 - 20:00
    Tue - Sat
    17:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Hollywood Wax Museum is also not to be missed! This is easily one of my absolute favorite attractions on the boulevard, and it isn't difficult to see why! This museum is the longest running wax museum in the entire country. So you had better believe that this is the real deal! These figures are almost unreal. Offering the opportunities to pose with icons like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Charlie Chaplin, this museum offers photo experiences like no other. And let's face it, ladies, the unfortunate fact is that this is probably as close as we will ever get to Johnny Depp, so let's take advantage of it! Located just across the street from the Guinness World Records Museum, visit both and have a night to remember!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Arrive early when the lines are the shortest.
    • Bring a camera or smart phone! There are TONS of great photo opportunities!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Good quick fun 07/02/2019
    • Fun on a budget! 22/01/2019
    • Hollywood Wax Museum
    Address:
    6767 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-4623
    Phone:
    +1 323-462-5991
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • La Piazza
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Angela A Says:

    Words can really not express the delicious aroma that wafts out into the Grove, a dining and shopping mecca in the heart of Los Angeles. La Piaza offers up traditional Italian cuisine, with a touch all their own that could never be duplicated. If you plan to eat while you are in LA, then you are doing your taste buds a terrible disservice if you do not dine at least twice at La Piazza! Everything here is delicious. Even the bread does not taste like regular bread. It, also, is under the delectable spell that has been cast over such entrees as Tortelloni di Zucca & Funghi, Lasagna al Forno, and a plethora of other pastas, pizzas, and meat specialties. The desserts are bordering on magical, with the Souffle al Cioccolato a must... even if you think that ending your meal with chocolate is out of the question. You will somehow find a space in your stomach to accommodate this wonderful end to a perfect meal!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make a reservation for dinner!
    • If it is a nice day, opt to sit outside!
    • The dress code is business casual, although sundresses for the ladies and nice dress shorts for the men are appropriate.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #447 of 7 291 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Indifferent service. Poorly made salads 29/01/2019
    • Excellent! 22/01/2019
    • La Piazza
    Address:
    189 The Grove Dr
    The Grove Ste. G90
    Los Angeles, CA 90036-6222
    Phone:
    +1 323-933-5050
    Price range:
    US$21 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 23:30
    Other:
  • El Capitan Theatre
    Movie Theatres
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    Angela A Says:

    When trying to pick a theatre in Hollywood, you just can't find a more "magical" selection than Disney's El Capitan. This fascinating, Spanish Colonial structure was built in 1926 during the golden days of Hollywood. It was a theatre, and a playhouse, and the years had taken its toll on the magnificent architecture. But in 1988, Disney did what they do best, and they swooped in and completely restored the building to its original grandeur... and in a record two years. (They like to show off that way.) Now this luxurious theatre shows first run Disney films, as well as seasonal offerings and classic films brought back to the excitement of purely enchanted audiences. And in typical Disney style, seeing a movie in 3D in one of the most gorgeous theatres in the world is not quite enough for their movie patrons. Most first run films begin with a live stage performance, incorporating characters from the movie. There is crowd interaction, dancing, singing, and an exciting prelude to what is always a fantastic film. The employees (or would they be called "cast members") at this theatre are the most friendly that I have ever come into contact with. One of the managers, Ozzie, was all over the place... helping with tickets, greeting excited families as they came in, and even taking a few minutes to "speak Disney" with me. (I am, of course, fluent in this language.) When in Hollywood, the El Capitan will provide the most exciting, compelling experience that you'll ever have in a theatre. I wouldn't lie. I know Mickey Mouse.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Purchase tickets in advance for weekend shows.
    • Sit in the balcony. You can go to any theater and sit on the main floor, but not every theater has a grand balcony!
    • Pretend like you're at Disneyland... just for fun!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 202 Fun & Games in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top 3 places to see a movie in LA 01/02/2019
    • Wonderful and Unique Movie Watching 30/01/2019
    • El Capitan Theatre
    Address:
    6838 Hollywood Blvd
    Rua Versalhes 45 Casa 4
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-6102
    Phone:
    +1 800-347-6396
    Other:
  • Guinness World Records Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    You've seen it on television. You've read the books. Now come and see with your own eyes what it takes to be in the Guiness World of Records Museum! This is an interactive adventure that will entertain and delight the entire family. With exhibits that offer the opportunity to test your weight against the world's heaviest person or your height against the tallest man, you will be astounded, astonished, and often in a state of utter disbelief. Portions of this museum feel like a science center turned on its head, while others leave you marveling at the absolute power of human potential. Located right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the museum is easily accessible by all means of transportation.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Play with all of the interactive exhibits.
    • Read the plaques on the walls! These aren't your typical, boring museum facts!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #527 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
    • It is interesting but not that much 23/10/2018
    • Family U.S trip 16/09/2018
    • Guinness World Records Museum
    Address:
    6764 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-4622
    Phone:
    +1 805-410-3628
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum
    Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Film & TV Tours
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    Angela A Says:

    And while rounding up your "to do list" for attractions, your mind may wander to the darker side of Hollywood. After all, it is considered one of the most haunted cities in the country. And it makes perfect sense, because so many tragedies have occurred here, and the spirits seem to linger... reliving their glory days, or seemingly trapped where they drew their last breaths. While all glitz and glamor on the outside, Hollywood definitely has her secrets, mostly full of intrigue, murder, and death. In a place where so many came with a suitcase full of dreams, their hopes often ended in heartbreak and despair, sometimes retold in newspaper headlines and notorious news stories. Interested in seeing where Sharon Tate and her friends had their last meal? Do you want to see where Michael Jackson and Bela Lugosi drew their final breaths? Then Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour is something that can not be missed! This tour has been featured on countless television specials, and Scott Michaels is definitely the premier expert on Hollywood's grim history. While you will hear so many unnerving tales that you will surely leave your hotel room light on, you will also see homes of the stars... where they lived, entertained, and often died. This tour is a perfect way to really be introduced to the history of Hollywood, especially if you want to delve a little bit into the dark side. Well... a whole lot actually. That's what this tour is about, right? You will see around 100 sites in two and a half hours, in the luxury of an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied with the knowledge of an expert tour guide. Make sure you also take a look at the office, as well, to see artifacts from some of the most gruesome acts committed, or memorabilia from well-known celebrities who have departed. It's like a tour and a museum... all for one price!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Reserve your tour in advance, to avoid disappointment.
    • Want more on Manson? Check out the tour tailored to the horror that unfolded!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 300 Tours in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING!! 04/02/2019
    • Took the Helter Skelter tour....these guys are the best!!! 01/02/2019
    • Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum
    Address:
    5901 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90038-2003
    Phone:
    +1 855-600-3323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Hotel Figueroa
    Hotels
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    Angela A Says:

    And I always say that the most important decision is where to stay. You want to be CLOSE to the action, but not always IN the action. Something else to keep in mind is your sense of adventure. It's your getaway, so get away from the ordinary. Find unique accommodations... something with character or amenities that just seal the deal. I know of one such place already. Located just down the street from the Staples Center, in the heart of bustling downtown Los Angeles, is another world. No... quite literally. The Hotel Figueroa, or "the Fig", as the locals call it, is an oasis from the sights, sounds, and even the smells that one would associate with a big city. Upon entering, realize that you will leave LA behind, and you will be fully immersed in a vibrant, Moroccan wonderland. Hrmmm... and you thought you were just checking into your hotel. There is so much attention to detail that it is really difficult to describe. The walls are not walls. They are the backdrops for ethnic paintings, intricate pieces of art, and woven tapestries. The corridors do not merely lead to rooms, but offer an overload of visual imaginings that have transformed your thoughts before you even arrive. In other words,this place is pretty freaking cool. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the sights and sounds of the lobby, reminiscent of an exotic marketplace, the wonders of your temporary abode awaits. Once a YWCA residence, no residue of anything remotely mundane has survived. Offering guest rooms to accommodate every traveler's needs, the Hotel Figueroa mixes comfort and the eclectic into a blend of spices that provide both the modern amenities and the exotic touches that so eloquently chronicle its entire existence. And if you need even a bit more theme, try one of the Moroccan Suites. I have no idea HOW they can improve upon the standard rooms, unless the upgrade involves overseas travel. And no oasis is complete without a sparkling outdoor pool and hot tub. The pool area is directly connected to the bar, which is as charming and mystical as everything else... probably even more so after a few of the carefully crafted libations that are offered. In short, this is THE best hotel I have had the opportunity to call my temporary "home" for a very long time. And I am in terrible withdrawal. A whiff of incense or a smooth floor beneath my feet sends me right back to my happy place... the magnificent Hotel Figueroa.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Splurge and book a Moroccan Suite!
    • Spend some time at the poolside bar with the locals.
    • Pretend that you are in a foreign country. It won't be hard!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 357 Hotels in Los Angeles
    • Great time 15/02/2019
    • Great Hotel 14/02/2019
    • Hotel Figueroa
    Address:
    939 S Figueroa St
    Los Angeles, CA 90015-1302
    Phone:
    +1 844-210-1173
    Other:
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