Los Angeles Attractions

Los Angeles is a huge and diverse area that offers something to do for most anyone out there. This list gives a run-down of some of the more popular and well-known destinations. This is just a starting point, the fun is in discovering the quirkier sites that are perfect for you.

This list does not give very good coverage to the nearby amusement parks, which are often located farther afield in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The big attractions are Disneyland, Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm, and Universal City.

Griffith Observatory is an Art Deco landmark that was recently renovated and re-opened in 2006. There are a lot of fun science exhibits inside, as well as the observatory and some cool period murals. For more Art Deco goodness, check out this Los Angeles Art Deco guide. Additionally, here is a more general L.A. Architecture guide.

If you are interested sites that help reveal the storied past of the Los Angeles area, check out this L.A. Heritage guide.

A number of the larger and more fabulous Los Angeles museums are mentioned on this list. For more options, check out the top ten L.A. Museums list and Art Museums list.

Whenever I have guests visiting, I always ended up driving with them to a city park or into the nearby countryside to embark on some great walking and hiking trips. If this sounds like a viable plan for you, check out the L.A. Walking guide and Hiking guide.

Finally, we have compiled this very long L.A. Offbeat guide to you help find some Los Angeles gems that are little bit less mainstream.

Griffith Observatory

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2800 E. Observatory Rd
In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave

Panoramic Views & Planetarium Shows... read more

The Getty Center Los Angeles

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1200 Getty Center Dr

Union Station

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800 N. Alameda St
At Cesar E. Chavez Ave

Last Grand Railroad Terminal... read more

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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5905 Wilshire Blvd
Between Curson and Fairfax Aves, Miracle Mile

Encyclopedic Art Museum... read more

The HOLLYWOOD Sign

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6342 Mulholland Highway
Griffith Park

Beacon of Tinseltown... read more

L.A. Central Library

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630 W. 5th St
Between Flower St. and Grand Ave

A Literary Treasure... read more

Hollyhock House

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4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Barnsdall Park

Art house... read more

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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250 South Grand Avenue

Must-see Los Angeles museum... read more

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Between Highland and La Brea Aves

Hollywood's Premier Movie House... read more

Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

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50770 Seminole Drive

Dinosaurs in Cabazon, as seen in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"... read more

Farmer John Mural

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3049 East Vernon Avenue

Folksy farm art decorating a large slaughterhouse...
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Angels Flight Railway

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351 South Hill Street

A historic ride up the the hill costs a quarter...
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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

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1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino

Priceless Sight-Seeing... read more

Lake Shrine

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17190 Sunset Boulevard

Home of Gandhi's ashes... read more

Little Tokyo

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E 1st Street & S San Pedro Street
Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts

Japanese Haunt... read more

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

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10899 Wilshire Boulevard
(UCLA - North Campus)

Acres of art... read more

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

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535 North Main Street

Oldest religious structure in L.A... read more

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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900 Exposition Blvd
Exposition Park

Adventure Calls... read more

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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9341 Venice Boulevard

One-of-a-kind museum... read more

California Science Center

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700 State Dr
Exposition Park

Science Class was Never this Fun... read more
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