For the first time visitor Los Angeles can seem a daunting place to visit. An metropolitan patchwork of 88 separate cities the sheer size of the region, and not to mention its pace of life, can leave you scratching your head as to what to see or do first. There literally is hundreds of different points and sights of interest to take in and with the limited timeframe of your vacation it would be impossible to see them all. So if you find yourself in a position of planning a vacation to Los Angeles this Essential Guide To Sightseeing In Los Angeles is something you should really take notice of.
Downtown Los Angeles
Many people will tell you there is no such thing as downtown LA yet this is not true. The Civic Center is its vibrant heart and several points of interest are worth checking out in this area including City Hall, which served as the headquarters of The Daily Planet in Superman, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles which commemorates the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and maintains some of the city’s earliest and most charming architecture. Olvera Street is the main highlight of this fascinating showcase of yesteryear.
No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a jaunt into Hollywood. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, which honours over 2000 stars from television, film, music and theatre should pique your interest as will the Mann’s Chinese Theater which is famous for its forecourt where numerous celebrities have left impressions of their hands or feet. The opportunity to have your photograph taken with Superman, Michael Jackson, Wonder Woman and Charlie Chaplin should not be missed, whilst the various street performers that work Hollywood Boulevard are worthwhile entertainment in themselves.
Renowned home of the Rich and Famous, a tour around Beverly Hills is a must, if only to see how the other half live. The millionaire mansions in this neighbourhood are mind blowing and if you are lucky you might see a celebrity driving in or out of their house. The haute-couture designer stores of Rodeo Drive make interesting browsing and the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel is also worth a detour too as well.
A lovely seaside town, Santa Monica has a lovely pier replete with a Ferris Wheel and other rides as well as a pleasant pedestrianized downtown shopping area to stroll around in.
Featuring an eclectic mix of artists, hippies, new agers, musicians and the fitness fanatics working out at Muscle Beach, the famous Ocean Front Boardwalk is an excellent place for people watching.
Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, South Central is however a fascinating place to learn more about African American culture. It is probably not a good place to visit at night, especially on your own, as the gangs, drugs, crime, poverty and drive-by-shootings that are often portrayed on television are still there, but an organised tour here will give you a unique perspective of a side of life you won’t see in any tourist brochure.