Visiting Los Angeles is exciting, though it can also be overwhelming. It's huge and there's so much to do. This list of the top 20 things to do in LA will help you choose your favorite activies and plan a fun, memorable trip.
 

  1. Venice Beach and Boardwalk
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    Beyond your basic beach! All your senses are engaged in this highly active, diverse locale. Behold an ecclectic mix of local art, music, food and entertainment. Across the boardwalk from the famous Muscle Beach, grab an amazing $2 fish taco to enjoy while you people watch, then pop into the Venice Beach Freakshow. Rent a bike or take a segway tour to Santa Monica, less than 3 miles down the beachfront bike path.
     
  2. Santa Monica Pier
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    Less than 3 miles from Venice Beach, enjoy food, fun and fishing. Get a thrill at Pacific Park amusement park, play games in the arcade, visit the aquarium beneath the historic Carousel building, attend trapeze school, and more.
     
  3. Beaches
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    The Los Angeles coast line has several beaches, so you're sure to find one that suits you. Manhattan Beach and Redondo beach are lively urban beaches. Zuma Beach is further north and the water will be colder. There are many more, so check the area you'll be visiting.
     
  4. Malibu Wine Safari
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    Head 30 minutes north of LA to drink in a taste of Malibu's wine country. You'll enjoy breathtaking views, fabulous local wines, and interacting with exotic animals. A truly unique experience!
     
  5. Six Taste Food Tour
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    This unique, multi-sensory tour lets you explore the food, culture, and history of one area of Los Angeles at a time. There are nine location based tours to choose from.
     
  6. Griffith Park
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    This 4200 acre park is home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Griffith Observatory, hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, and more.
     
  7. Runyon Canyon Park
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    This 130 acre park in Hollywood is a great escape from the urban city environment. View the city from their beautiful walking and hiking trails.
     
  8. Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour
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    Choose from a daytime or sunset hike and experience fantastic views of LA, including the Greek Theater, Bird Sanctuary, Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, and of course, the famous Hollywood sign.
     
  9. Dodger Stadium
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    Opened in 1962, this famous ballpark gives you the opportunity to take in a reasonably priced, behind the scenes tour. For the full experience, take in a game, and grab an authentic Dodger Stadium dog!
     
  10. The Grove
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    Enjoy an assortment of entertainment options at this diversified shopping venue. See a movie in classically inspired five star luxury accomodations, watch the glorious dancing fountain, dine at any of the tasty restaurants or take the 6 minute trolley ride to the Farmer's Market.
     
  11. The Queen Mary
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    Experience the rich history of this floating hotel and entertainment venue in Long Beach. Stay on board, take a tour, dine and enjoy special events. Take the twilight tour for a first hand account of the Queen Mary's notorious haunted history.
     
  12. Aquarium of The Pacific
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    This venue is home to over 11,000 animals, including various species of marine life and birds. The aquarium features indoor and outdoor exhibits, an ocean science center, and an animal care center.
     
  13. Harbor Cruise and Whale Watching
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    The Los Angeles area offers several harbor cruises to see the sites from another perspective and potentially spot a glorious whale.
     
  14. Disneyland and California Adventure Theme Park
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    Kids of all ages love this famous themed amusement park. Spend your day enjoying rides, restaurants and other attractions. Some of the restaurants offer a character dining experience. Other amusment parks in the Los Angeles area include Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
     
  15. Universal Studios Hollywood
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    This movie studio turned amusement park features a studio tour, thrill rides and live action entertaiment. Ride attractions utilize technology like 3D, flight simulation, and other motion simulators to create an amazingly realistic experience.
     
  16. Studio Tours
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    Take a tour of Warner Brothers Studios or Paramount Pictures for a behind the scenes experience of backlots, sound studios and exhibits.
     
  17. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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    This group of tar pits, in the midst of urban Los Angeles, is the result of natural asphalt seeping up from the ground for tens of thousands of years. Observe fossil discoveries made right here at this active excavation site and watch fossil preparation in the fossil lab. Explore exhibits, the tar pits and a 3D movie experience.
     
  18. Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre
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    View the stars on this famous celebrity sidewalk, along with their immortalized hand and footprints in the courtyard outside the iconic Chinese Theatre. Located within the bustling Hollywood & Highland center, you'll find plenty of other activities as well. Visit Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, Egyptian Theatre, and the historic El Capitan Theatre. Shop, eat and enjoy some music.
     
  19. Catalina Island
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    Take the hour long boat ride from Long Beach to visit this island paradise. Relax and unwind at the beach or spal. Find adventure with ziplining, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, biking or a glass bottom boat tour.
     
  20. See it all
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    The Los Angeles Hop on Hop off Double Decker Bus Tour is a great way to pack in all the sites during your LA visit. Choose a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass to take advantage of multiple routes.
     

As you can see, there's much to do here. Enjoy your visit to Los Angeles!