Request: I have friends visiting Los Angeles for the first time. Could you please give me ideas where to take them?
Answer: Here’s a quick list of must-see places in LA and it always works (visitors are smiling and happy all the time) when I have friends coming over to Los Angeles for the first time.
1. Hollywood Boulevard or Hollywood and Highland center – Whether you hate or love Hollywood celebrities, you cannot not ignore Hollywood. In Hollywood Blvd. you will see the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where huge movie premiere nights are held, The Kodak Theater where the Oscars and American Idol nights are held (to name a few) and Hollywood Walk of Fame where the stars are immortalized.
2. Beverly Hills – Ever heard of the famous zip code 90210? Before the OC, Gossip Girls or the Hills there was once a famous show called 90210. Oh, I forgot its back on TV! Think about glamour, wealth and shopping. That’s where it is!
3. Disneyland and California Adventure Park – Enter the magic! It’s the happiest place on earth.
4. Universal Studios – The entertainment capital of L.A.
5. Santa Monica Boulevard – Although the beach itself is not the best, The Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Pacific Coast Highway itself are worth checking out. They have a wide variety of entertainment for your visitors to see the shops, cafes, movie theaters, music and dance clubs. Oh, it’s also where “Baywatch” was made famous and Sheryl Crow’s song “All I want to do” lyrics came from. Remember the part, “Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard…”
6. The Paul Getty Museum – It’s an art museum which is also called as the “Getty Center in Los Angeles”. It’s free to enter. You just pay for self parking. The museum contains Western art from the middle ages to the present. Part of the fun is you get to ride in a tram to get into the museum and see the fantastic view of the hills and (the traffic on) 405 freeway!
7. Griffith Observatory – It offers an exciting exhibits and shows about astronomy. It’s magnificent to see also the view from the top of the mountain and get the closest view to the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.
8. Sunset Boulevard Strip – Running between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive, it’s where you can find the cutting edge of entertainment such as rock clubs, restaurants, boutiques and Hollywood nightspots.
9. Downtown Los Angeles – for the Fashion District, Ladies!
10. As for “Everything Else” – Go to see a movie at the “Arclight Theater” in Hollywood just for the sake of having a movie night experience, shop at the farmer’s market at “The Grove” in Fairfax Street near West Hollywood and take them to Venice beach and canal to see the eclectic side of people in LA!