Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles
The most interesting tourist attractions places in Los Angeles. Photos and a brief description.
Los Angeles is a city of dreams, the "blue dream" of the young and ambitious, those who come here for big money and a bright life. This is a city of celebrity, total luxury and well-being. And it doesn't matter at all what really lies behind the facades of buildings and brilliant decorations. For many years, the young, energetic and beautiful have been rushing to Los Angeles. They created a special atmosphere of "being chosen", an easy life under the bright California sun. Beaches, luxury hotels, nightclubs, parties, trendy shops – the whole giant entertainment industry is working at full capacity in the city. For tourists, a trip to Los Angeles is an opportunity to see with their own eyes the habitat of Hollywood stars, touch the magic of the film industry, and also feel like a carefree "playboy".
Top Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles
The most famous area of Los Angeles, where world-famous film studios are located and popular films are created. The most visited places in Hollywood are the famous Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. In the historical theaters of the district, premieres of future bestsellers are often held, as well as the Academy Award is awarded. Many celebrities are buried in the local cemetery.
A stylish and affluent urban area, where mainly celebrities, famous athletes, industrial magnates, wealthy foreigners and politicians live. In 1919, actor D. Fairbanks Jr. settled here. He was followed by Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and other famous people. A bus tour of the luxurious streets of Birley Hills is organized especially for tourists.
Santa Monica Pier
The area is located in the west of Los Angeles near the coast. Like Beverly Hills, wealthy people and celebrities also live here. Santa Monica is a popular seaside resort, the area became famous in the 80s of the XX century. Local beaches are in high demand among surfers, fashionable partygoers, young pleasure seekers. At the service of tourists – excellent infrastructure and entertainment facilities for every taste.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Pedestrian sidewalk located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The place became famous thanks to the memorial tables in the form of stars, which are mounted in the pavement. The names of film actors, artists, cartoon characters and even individual companies are engraved on these stars. To get to the Alley of Stars, celebrities need to apply to the Hollywood District Chamber of Commerce and pay 25 thousand dollars.
The famous inscription of white letters "HOLLYWOOD", located in the Hollywood Hills. It was placed as an advertisement for a new residential area in 1923, but eventually turned into a symbol of the American film industry. The inscription is known all over the world as a special brand and a quality mark. It is located at an altitude of about 500 meters on the slope of Mount Lee Hill. The inscription was attacked by vandals more than once, but it was quickly restored.
TCL Chinese Theatre
The theater is located on Hollywood Boulevard. The building was erected in 1927 at the expense of S. Grauman in the "pseudo-Asian" architectural style. The interior decoration is distinguished by splendor and pretentiousness, like the palace of the Chinese emperor, gilding, red color, bright frescoes prevail here. The theater is considered as a symbol of Chinese culture. Premieres of many Hollywood films take place on its territory.
Now the stage is called "Dolby Theater". This venue is like the annual presentation of the "Oscar" – the Academy Awards. The building was opened in 2001, it is located in the historic center of Los Angeles. The theater is a multifunctional complex, which includes several cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. You can go inside the theater with an excursion, which is arranged every 30 minutes.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The original building of modern architecture, erected in 2003 according to the project of F. Gary. The financing of this project was carried out by the wife of W. Disney. The structure is designed in such a way that excellent acoustics are created in the hall. The futuristic panels of the concert hall facade, due to their irregular shape, look like frozen blocks of ice in the bright sun.
The cultural center, which is considered one of the largest in the world. A huge number of priceless works of art are stored here. The museum was opened in 1997, more than $ 1.3 billion was spent on its creation. Billionaire J. P. Getty, a collector, connoisseur of antiques and a great enthusiast, actively participated in the financing. The Getty Center consists of several pavilions where paintings, sculptures, decorative and applied art objects are exhibited.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
An art museum located in the central part of Los Angeles. The gallery is visited annually by up to 1 million people. The museum collection, which covers almost all historical periods, has about 100 thousand copies. Currently, the gallery's funds continue to be actively replenished. In front of the entrance there is an original light installation consisting of 200 lanterns.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The museum building is a monumental marble structure with a domed roof and a colonnade, it is listed on the American Register of Historic Places. The museum opened in 1913, and subsequently additional premises were added to it for several decades until 1975. The museum collection is considered to be the largest in the western part of the USA, with 33 million exhibits stored in the funds.
Petersen Automotive Museum
The museum was opened in 1994 largely thanks to the financial contribution of media magnate R. Peterson, who is at the origin of two popular magazines about cars. The collection of cars is located on 4 floors. A separate floor is allocated for thematic expositions dedicated to famous Hollywood films, where the plot revolves around racing and cars (for example, the film "Hijack in 60 seconds").
The famous amusement park, known to every American (and not only) since childhood. It is located in the city of Anaheim south of Los Angeles. The park was opened in 1955 and has since acquired several branches around the world. Disneyland is a real fairy-tale city where Walt Disney characters live, magic castles rise, there are whole painted cities and bright memorable shows take place every day.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Hollywood branch of the world-famous wax museum. Here you can admire Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many other legendary celebrities, as well as TV show stars and singers. It is curious that the Madame Tussauds Museum in Los Angeles is more visited compared to the "head office" located in London.
The Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 2015. Billionaire I. Brod took part in the financing of the project. The building is located next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The original facade of the building consists of irregular white cells. It reminds visitors of a piece of cheese, a sponge and a subwoofer at the same time. The museum contains works by artists of the second half of the XX century.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The territory of bitumen /tar lakes in the city limits of Los Angeles, where numerous remains of prehistoric animals were found: saber-toothed cats, mammoths, bison, giant sloths and others. There is a paleontological museum here, which presents finds dating back to the Late Pleistocene period. The territory of the museum is decorated with figures of mammoths and other extinct animals.
California Science Center
The museum was founded in the middle of the XX century. The collection consists of exhibits demonstrating achievements in the field of astronautics, aviation, high-tech and science-intensive industry. The territory is divided into several thematic zones, a separate hall is allocated for the demonstration of the shuttle "Endeavour". The museum also has an IMAX cinema. Various thematic events are often organized in the scientific center.
The Observatory is a popular tourist attraction and at the same time a serious scientific institution. It was opened in 1935. Visitors can attend a performance or lecture at the planetarium, as well as view a thematic exhibition where telescopes and models of planets are demonstrated. During the Second World War, pilots were trained at the observatory, and in the 1960s astronauts were trained here to fly to the moon.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Roman Catholic Cathedral, built in the original postmodern style. The building has no right angles, the facade looks quite laconic, and the interior space resembles the scenery for a fantastic saga. The cathedral was erected in 2002 on the site of the church of St. Viviana, destroyed by an earthquake in 1994. The author of the project was the Spanish architect R. Moneo.
A street located in the historic part of Los Angeles. The place became known even during the reign of the Spaniards, then it was called "El Pueblo de la Reina". A large and colorful Mexican market is located on the street, all kinds of fiestas, processions and musical festivals often take place here. There are numerous cafes where you can taste spicy Mexican dishes.
One of the central alleys of the Beverly Hills district, the center of prestigious brand stores and a real shopping mecca. Rodeo Drive has boutiques of all famous and respectable brands of world fashion. Only exclusive goods are sold in local stores and the highest class service is provided. Some showrooms are open only by pre-order.
The sports complex, which was opened in 1999. Various mass and sports events are held here: national leagues, championships, awards, colorful shows. Staples Center is the "home" arena for many famous teams belonging to the NHL, NBA and other sports leagues. More than 4 million people visit the arena annually, its capacity is about 20 thousand spectators (depends on the nature of the event).
Union Station Railway Station
The station, built in the 30s of the XX century. The architecture of the building is a mixture of colonial style with Art Nouveau. The station became famous due to the fact that episodes of many famous films were filmed here, among them "Pearl Harbor" and "Catch me if you Can". Metro lines and tram tracks pass through the station. The Parkinson brothers worked on the station project.
An open-air concert hall and museum located in the Hollywood Hills. Since the 20s of the XX century, concerts of famous musical groups such as "The Beatles" and "Depeche Mode" have been held here. Also, world symphony orchestras often perform here. The building is built in the form of an amphitheater, which provides excellent acoustics. In the museum you can look at old posters, tickets and various concert paraphernalia of the past years.
Universal Studios Hollywood
A large amusement park designed for adults and children. In the theme areas, visitors to the park are greeted by their favorite heroes of films and cartoons. Movie sets and real shooting props are displayed in the pavilions. On the territory of the park there are also operating pavilions where films are shot. Universal Studios is located near the Hollywood area.