Sights & Attractions in Los Angeles

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Sights Overview
Name Category Location
 
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
With spectacular views of Surfrider Beach and lush garden grounds...
Museums / Galleries Malibu
 
Angels Flight Railway
The turn-of-the-20th-century funicular, dubbed "the shortest...
Transportation Sites Downtown Los Angeles
 
Annenberg Community Beach House
This beachfront property was originally developed in the 1920s...
Zoos / Aquariums Santa Monica
 
Architecture and Design Museum (A+D)
Unique buildings are what make Los Angeles a captivating city...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
ArcLight Cinerama Dome
Film buffs and preservationists breathed a sigh of relief when...
Arts / Performance Venues Hollywood
 
Avila Adobe
This residence was built as an 18-room home in 1818; today only...
Houses / Mansions Downtown Los Angeles
 
Barnsdall Park/Hollyhock House
The panoramic view of Hollywood alone is worth a trip to this...
Houses / Mansions Hollywood
 
Bergamot Station
Named after a stop on the Red Trolley line that once shuttled...
Museums / Galleries Santa Monica
 
Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
The iconic "Pink Palace" has been steeped in Hollywood lore since...
Hotels Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel
Anchoring the south end of Rodeo Drive at Wilshire Boulevard...
Hotels Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Bradbury Building
Stunning wrought-iron railing, blond-wood and brick interior...
Architectural Sites Downtown Los Angeles
 
Bunker Hill Steps
Threading a peaceful path through Downtown's urban towers, a...
Squares Downtown Los Angeles
 
California African American Museum
Works by 20th-century African-American artists and contemporary...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Los Angeles
 
California Heritage Museum
The real star of this collection is the 1894 Victorian house...
Museums / Galleries Santa Monica
 
California Science Center
You're bound to see excited kids running up to the dozens of...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Los Angeles
 
Capitol Records Tower
According to legend, singer Nat King Cole and songwriter Johnny...
Architectural Sites Hollywood
 
Carroll Avenue
Looking like a street lifted out of another era, the 1300 block...
Neighborhoods / Streets Downtown Los Angeles
 
Castle Green
One block south of Colorado Boulevard stands the onetime social...
Hotels Pasadena and Environs
 
Century City
A sprawling 280 acres of office buildings, a shopping center...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Chateau Marmont
If we had a dollar for every time a celebrity interview was conducted...
Hotels Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Chemosphere House
Shaped like a flying saucer from a 1960s film, the Chemosphere...
Houses / Mansions Hollywood
 
Chinese American Museum
In the El Pueblo Plaza adjacent to Olvera Street, you might think...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Los Angeles
 
City Hall of Los Angeles
An icon of the Los Angeles cityscape, this gorgeous 1928 landmark...
Government Buildings Downtown Los Angeles
 
Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)
This small but important cultural landmark in the city pioneered...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Dan Blocker State Beach
Originally owned jointly by the stars of the Bonanza TV series...
Marinas / Piers Malibu
 
Descanso Gardens
Getting its name from the Spanish word for "rest," this lovely...
Gardens / Arboretums Pasadena and Environs
 
Disney Studios
Although tours of this film studio are not available, a peek...
Film / TV Studios Hollywood
 
Dockweiler State Beach
The longest (4-mi) strip of beach in the county, Dockweiler has...
Beaches From Playa del Ray to Torrance Beach
 
Dolby Theatre
Formerly the Kodak Theatre, the Dolby's interior design was inspired...
Arts / Performance Venues, Tours Hollywood
 
Downtown L.A. Standard
Housed in the former Superior Oil Headquarters, the Standard's...
Hotels Downtown Los Angeles
 
Egyptian Theatre
Hieroglypics in Hollywood? Why not? Impresario Sid Grauman built...
Arts / Performance Venues Hollywood
 
Exposition Park
Originally developed in 1880 as an open-air farmers' market...
Parks Downtown Los Angeles
 
Fenyes Mansion
With its elegant dark wood paneling and floors, curved staircases...
Houses / Mansions Pasadena and Environs
 
Greystone Mansion
L.A.'s answer to the châteaux of Europe, this 1927 neo-Gothic...
Houses / Mansions Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Guinness World of Records
Saluting those who have gone the extra mile to earn placement...
Museums / Galleries Hollywood
 
Guitar Center and Hollywood RockWalk
For those who love to rock, this store salutes you. At the Guitar...
Stores / Malls Hollywood
 
Hancock Park
Highland Avenue marks the western perimeter of the neighborhood...
Parks Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Heritage Square Museum
Looking like a prop street set up by a film studio, Heritage...
Museums / Galleries Pasadena and Environs
 
Hermosa Beach
South of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach has all the amenities...
Beaches From Playa del Ray to Torrance Beach
 
Hollywood & Highland
Bringing some glitz, foot traffic, and commerce back to Hollywood...
Stores / Malls Hollywood
 
Hollywood and Vine
The mere mention of this intersection inspires images of a street...
Neighborhoods / Streets Hollywood
 
Hollywood Bowl
Classic Hollywood doesn't get better than this. Summer-evening...
Arts / Performance Venues Hollywood
 
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Leave it to Hollywood to have a graveyard that feels more V.I.P...
Cemeteries Hollywood
 
Hollywood Heritage Museum
A must for Cecil B. DeMille fans, this unassuming building across...
Museums / Galleries Hollywood
 
Hollywood High School
Grease is the word! This stellar high school has seen a who's...
Educational Institutions Hollywood
 
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
In the hotel world, the Roosevelt's something of a comeback kid...
Hotels Hollywood
 
Hollywood Sign
With letters 50 feet tall, Hollywood's trademark sign can be...
Memorials / Monuments Hollywood
 
Hollywood Wax Museum
If a walk through Hollywood hasn't yielded any star-spotting...
Museums / Galleries Hollywood
 
Italian Hall Building
This landmark isn't open to the public, but it's noteworthy because...
Parks Downtown Los Angeles
 
The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
There's a lot offered here in terms of books as well as traditional...
Parks Downtown Los Angeles
 
Japanese American National Museum
What was it like to grow up on a sugar plantation in Hawaii?...
Parks Downtown Los Angeles
 
Kidspace Children's Museum
Looking like a Looney Tunes cartoon, this activity-focused, kid-centric...
Museums / Galleries Pasadena and Environs
 
Koreatown
Although L.A.'s sizable Korean population is scattered throughout...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Las Tunas State Beach
This small beach known for its groins (metal gates constructed...
Beaches Malibu
 
Leo Carrillo State Park
On the very edge of Ventura County, this narrow beach is better...
Beaches Malibu
 
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Wander through a recreated tropical forest, a South Africa landscape...
Gardens / Arboretums Pasadena and Environs
 
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
A museum dedicated solely to the Holocaust, it uses its extensive...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Los Angeles Zoo
A short drive from downtown Los Angeles at the junction of the...
Zoos / Aquariums Hollywood
 
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Bird-watchers, take note: in this 5-acre marshy area you can...
Beaches Malibu
 
Malibu Pier
This 780-foot fishing dock is a great place to drink in the sunset...
Marinas / Piers Malibu
 
Malibu Surfrider Beach
Steady 3- to 5-foot waves make this beach, just west of Malibu...
Beaches Malibu
 
Manhattan Beach
A wide, sandy strip with good swimming and rows of volleyball...
Beaches From Playa del Ray to Torrance Beach
 
Marina del Rey
Just south of Venice, this condo-laden, chain restaurant–lined...
Marinas / Piers Venice Beach
 
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The "wow" factor hits you as soon as you walk in the door. Dripping...
Hotels Downtown Los Angeles
 
Miracle Mile
The strip of Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea and Fairfax avenues...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Mission San Gabriel Archangel
Wondering where the Mission District got its name? Here's the...
Religious Sites Pasadena and Environs
 
Muscle Beach
Bronzed young men bench-pressing five girls at once, weight lifters...
Beaches Venice Beach
 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
This 1913-built beaux-arts museum has the same quaint feel of...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Los Angeles
 
Nicholas Canyon County Beach
Sandier and less private than most of the rocky beaches surrounding...
Beaches Malibu
 
The Old Mill (El Molino Viejo)
Built in 1816 as a gristmill for the San Gabriel Mission, the...
Architectural Sites Pasadena and Environs
 
Old Town Pasadena
Once the victim of decay, the area was revitalized in the 1990s...
Neighborhoods / Streets Pasadena and Environs
 
Pacific Asia Museum
Devoted to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands...
Museums / Galleries Pasadena and Environs
 
Pacific Design Center
World-renowned architect Cesar Pelli's original vision for the...
Stores / Malls Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Pacific Park
Built on Santa Monica Pier, extending over the bay, this small...
Amusement Parks Santa Monica
 
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
This member of the Natural History Museum family is sunk, bunkerlike...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Pasadena Museum of California Art
The first thing you see when you approach this museum is the...
Museums / Galleries Pasadena and Environs
 
Pershing Square
The city's cultures come together in one of the oldest parks...
Squares Downtown Los Angeles
 
Richard J. Riordan Central Library
It's still known locally as the Central Library—but after fires...
Libraries Downtown Los Angeles
 
Ripley's Believe It or Not
"Odditorium" is a good name for it—while the ticket price may...
Museums / Galleries Hollywood
 
Rose Bowl
With an enormous rose, the city of Pasadena's logo, adorned on...
Sports Venues Pasadena and Environs
 
Skirball Cultural Center
With a mission of exhibiting the connections "between four thousand...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Staples Center
Home to the Lakers, the Clippers, the Sparks, and ice hockey...
Sports Venues Downtown Los Angeles
 
Sunset Plaza
With a profusion of sidewalk cafés, Sunset Plaza is one of the...
Squares Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Topanga State Beach
The beginning of miles of public beach, Topanga has good surfing...
Beaches Malibu
 
Topanga State Park
This is another way into the Santa Monicas via the Trippet Ranch...
Parks Malibu
 
Tournament House (Wrigley Mansion)
Chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley purchased this white Italian...
Houses / Mansions Pasadena and Environs
 
UCLA Hammer Museum
The bold murals and installations at this museum have been known...
Museums / Galleries Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
Union Station
Once the key entry point into Los Angeles prior to LAX, Union...
Transportation Sites Downtown Los Angeles
 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
With spectacular buildings such as a Romanesque library, the...
Educational Institutions Beverly Hills and the Westside
 
University of Southern California (USC)
There's more to this private university than mascot Tommy Trojan...
Educational Institutions Downtown Los Angeles
 
Watts Towers
The jewel of rough South L.A. is the legacy of Simon Rodia, a...
Memorials / Monuments Downtown Los Angeles
 
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
In 1976 John Portman designed these five shimmering cylinders...
Hotels Downtown Los Angeles
 
Westward Beach–Point Dume
Go tide-pooling, fishing, snorkeling, or bird-watching (prime...
Beaches Malibu
 
Will Rogers State Beach
This clean, sandy, 3-mile beach, with a dozen volleyball nets...
Parks Santa Monica
 
Will Rogers State Historic Park and Museum
The humorist, actor, and rambling cowboy Will Rogers lived on...
Parks Santa Monica
 
Zuma Beach Park
This 2-mile stretch of white sand, usually dotted with tanning...
Beaches Malibu
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