Recently, you have been dreaming of California, so you will be making 2014 the year you finally experience Los Angeles. With many draws to this legendary city (film industry, surfing culture, some of the best weather in the USA, etc), there are no shortage of things to do in the Greater Los Angeles area.
So that you are able to make the best use of your time when you are in SoCal, we have put together a list of five activities that will appeal to most people in your party, whether they are interested in movie stars or hanging ten at Huntington Beach. Let’s get started!
1) Live it up at an amusement park
With excellent weather throughout the calendar year with respect to the rest of the nation, the Greater Los Angeles area has become a popular place for amusement parks to set up. Families fleeing the snow and cold of the northern tier of the country will find many ways to pursue excitement here, as parks ranging from Universal Studios Hollywood to Knott’s Berry Farm, and of course, the legendary Disneyland, arguably the granddaddy of all amusement parks.
2) Get into the great outdoors at Griffiths Park
Those like enjoy getting into the great outdoors on their vacation should head to Griffiths Park on their L.A. vacation. Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains that tower over inner Los Angeles, Griffiths Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Uberfit locals jog here religiously, and hiking is also a popular activity with residents and visitors alike. Movie buffs will also enjoy this place, as countless films and TV shows have been shot here, and continue to be produce here as well, with productions being shot here 346 of 365 days of the year in 2011.
3) Explore the history of LA at a local museum
Despite this region’s youth compared to the rest of the world, in the short time that this region has been continuously settled, it has developed a rich culture, in no small part due to the thriving media industry that has existed here over most of its history. One of the most popular patrons of the arts has been the Getty estate, who has a variety of visual arts located in two gorgeous buildings up in the hills above LA. While there are many impressive paintings and sculptures, the most stunning holdings at both locations is the photographic art that has made the Getty name synonymous with this art form. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County also have displays and exhibits that will the museum buff busy.
4) Trace the steps of the stars at various attractions throughout the city
Of course, one could not get through an article like this one without mentioning the impact that Hollywood has had on the identity of this arid Southern Californian metropolis. To that end, visits to headline attractions such as the Walk of Fame, the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood sign are pretty much mandatory. Those seeking to star hunt will have the best luck on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, though picking up a star map (sold everywhere here) will vastly improve your chances of seeing your favourite film star!
5) Get down to the waterfront
Finish your trip to LA by living the Californian dream: head down to the beach and watch surfers do their thing at Surf City USA (Huntington Beach) and/or watch ubermuscular guys and gals lift absurdly heavy weights in the public eye (Muscle Beach). After living vicariously through these extraordinary people, end your day with a stroll down the Santa Monica Pier, a hyperactive entertainment complex with amusement park rides, pubs, restaurants, and even a trapeze school!
LA has something for everyone
No matter the interests of your friends and family, the greater Los Angeles area has something in store for everyone. From movie lovers to surf enthusiasts and families with kids, once the time comes to head home, leaving this place will prove difficult.