Attractions in Los Angeles
LA is a city full of exciting possibilities, from day trips
with woolly mammoths at
the La Brea Tar Pits to evenings spent cheering on the LA Lakers with
basketball fanatics such as Jack Nicholson, Selma Hayek, Dustin
Hoffman, and Justin Timberlake. To help you narrow down your options
and plan the perfect trip, here is a diverse sampling of LA's most
popular attractions. Because while the possibilities may never end,
every vacation must.
Contemporary art lovers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to
stroll through Los Feliz, which has long been
known as a haven for funky artists and their even funkier art. La Luz
de Jesus Gallery, found in this area, regales onlookers with cheeky
examples of Pop Surrealism, while the Black Maria showcases socially
and politically subversive art.
Those in the mood (or the budget) to look at great art but not
buy it can spend their time at LA's prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA). The MOCA houses one of the most extensive collections of
Western art from 1940 to the present, including works by Jackson
Pollack, Sam Francis, and artists that are current and cutting edge,
such as Japan's beloved Takashi Murakami.
Once a trip to the MOCA bites you with the museum bug, spend a
day on Museum Row, where you'll find
more museums to pique your interests. At the Museum of Tolerance you'll learn
about children of the Holocaust, while down the street the Page Museum
at La Brea Tar Pits will take you back in time with fossils of extinct
animals trapped forever in its gooey depths. The Los Angeles County
Museum of Art is hailed as one of the best art museums in the nation,
and the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles will give you an
interesting glimpse into the world of design. All these and many more
museums are just a stroll away.
If you come to LA with kids in tow, you'd be a bad parent to
deprive them of the "Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland, or one of its equally
blissful spin-offs -- Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Camp Snoopy
and Six Flags Magic Mountain --
especially after a day or two spent on Museum Row.
LA can be a bit overstimulating for both visitors and
residents. If you need a little vacation from your LA vacation, there
is no better balm than Griffith Park, the largest
city-run park in the United States. Come for a day of hiking and
picnicking, or head over to the Griffith Park Observatory to catch the
best views of the city and amazing planetary shows. Griffith Park is
also home to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Museum of the American West, and
the beautiful, open-air Greek Theater.
And finally, no visit to Tinsel Town is complete without a
stop at the movies. Check out one of LA's historic movie houses such as
the classic Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood or the Sunset 5 in West
Hollywood, which is well known among industry professionals for showing
the best new, independent films. Or, if you've got the extra time, make
your debut on the silver screen as a movie extra. Calls for extras can
be found in all the local papers, and who knows, the next star on the
Walk of Fame could be yours!