5 Places To See When Visiting Los Angeles

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  1. Graumans Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame. – The Graumans Chinese Theatre is now the TCL Chinese Theatre and is located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. The theatre was originally opened in 1927. Tickets are available for tours of the theatre where you can learn of its history as well as some events that have taken place there.

The theatre features heaven dogs from China at the main entrance and a dragon on the facade. In the theatre forecourt are concrete blocks where handprints and footprints of famous stars are embedded. This is not the same as the Hollywood Walk of Fame which is located along the 6800 and 6900 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and features bronze stars recognizing numerous Hollywood celebrities.

Be prepared to encounter crowds of tourists with their cameras.

  1. Griffith Observatory – The Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles Griffith Park. Admission is free to the building and grounds in accordance with the provisions of the Will of Colonel Griffith who donated the funds to build the observatory, exhibit hall and planetarium on the land he donated to the City of Los Angeles. There are nominal charges for some of the shows.

The observatory was featured in the James Dean film Rebel Without A Cause and it has appeared in numerous other films.

The observatory has a wide variety of science and space related exhibits and is a popular tourist attraction. It also provides a great view of the famous Hollywood sign.

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  1. Sunset Strip – The Sunset Strip is a one and one half mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. It is known for its huge billboards and for its many upscale nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques frequented by glamorous stars. The Sunset Strip is a great place to spot the stars of Hollywood. Many of these stars live in the nearby hills and regularly come down to enjoy the nightlife on the Strip.
  2. Venice Beach – Venice Beach is located in the Westside region of Los Angeles County.

It features a pedestrian only Ocean Front Walk which is two and one half miles long.

Along the Ocean Front Walk on weekends during the season there is entertainment on every street corner. These include mimes, comics, magicians, prophets, jugglers, singers and more.

Many people come to Venice Beach to enjoy some of the outlandish sights. You’ll find painted faces, strange tattoos, multi colored hair and out of the ordinary clothing. You will find unusual food, funky shops and unusual souvenirs.

One portion of the beach is called Muscle Beach. This is where bodybuilders pump iron and show off their strength.

Venice Beach is a good place for out of the ordinary people watching.

  1. Rodeo Drive – Rodeo Drive refers to a three block stretch in Beverly Hills   It has designated itself “the epicenter of luxury fashion”. Rodeo Drive features high end luxury shops including Giorgio Beverly Hills, Aldo Gucci and Van Cleef and Arpels to name a few. These luxury shops are all competing for the attention and dollars of the rich and famous. This, in turn, causes Rodeo Drive to attract large groups of tourists seeking out celebrities.