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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesLos Angeles · 1 decade ago

what are some fun things to do near or in L.A.?

i am going to Los Angeles, California for 2 weeks in aug. what are some fun things to do while i am over there? it doesn't have to be in L.A. but i don't and can't travel to far from L.A. please help.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my top ten list:

    Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once)

    Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. And Universal City Walk is a fun place to hang out in the evening after your day inside the park.

    Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, because it has been restored to its former glory.

    Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something.

    Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier.

    Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach.

    Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier.

    Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish.

    Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price.

    Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in.

    TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go.

    Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

    Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free.

    Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at,, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there.

    Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now.

    Places to eat:

    In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone.

    Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe.

    Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown.

    Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity.

    Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot.

    The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs.

    Places to Stay:

    Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim.

    In Hollywood, I recommend the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, the Best Western Sunset Plaza, or the Holiday Inn Walk of Fame.

    In Santa Monica, the Holiday Inn Santa Monica is close to the pier and reasonably priced.

    In Anaheim, I recommend the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Anaheim, and the Candy Cane Inn. If you want to splurge and make this a most memorable trip, stay at Disney’s Grand Californian. You get the full Disney experience.

    Places to Shop:

    Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

    The Grove, Los Angeles

    Americana @ Brand, Glendale

    Beverly Center, Los Angeles

    Citadel Outlets, Commerce

    Brea Mall, Brea

    The Block at Orange, Orange

    South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

    Fashion Island, Newport Beach

    Santee Alley, Los Angeles

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to the beach! The Santa Monica Pier is fun.

    See some museums...Japan town has MOCA as well as great Japanese food. The Norton Simon has one of the best small collections in the world..Chinatown has some curious items to look at and different sights to see.

    Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, and Universal Studios is fun. You could even take a Hollywood tourbus to famous sites and star's homes.

    Different cities have cool hangout spots and shopping. Old Town Pasadena, Silverlake, Melrose, CityWalk and Beverly Hills are some.

    While you're here have an In N Out Burger or a chili dog from Tommy's. LA has so many different types of cuisine, Asian in Alhambra to Ethiopian on Fairfax... also The Dodgers might be havin a home series if you like baseball.

  • 1 decade ago

    I went December, 2007 and had a great time, heres some things we did:

    -Adventure Helicoptor Tours

    Whiteman Airport

    10500 Airpark Way Unit M3

    Pacoima, CA 91331

    -Universal Studios Hollywood

    -Starline Tours (Recomend Tour 1B)

    -Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure

    -Tijuana, Mexico tour- <<<RECOMEND

    -San Diego Zoo and Seaworld

    Hope I help. Have a great time!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    go downtown also anheim has a lot of cool places, its a little ways from L.A. but not much. downtown LA is fun though

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to Knottsberry farm

    Sea world

    Newport beach


    Ca Adventures


  • 1 decade ago

    go to rodeo drive or go in Hollywood and knock on Rob's house :) or go to Shawun Whites house :) I've bin there before... It's fun!

  • 1 decade ago

    go to the beach..universal studios.. check out hollywood...look for actors and actresses

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Start a crip/bloods Gang war :D YAY!

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