The City of Angels has a wide variety of activities that are popular with locals and tourists, and the list of must-see places to visit in Los Angeles includes options for relaxing outdoor activities, high-energy escapades and indoor entertainment. Choose a vacation home to rent located near your favorite venues to benefit from the comforts of home while enjoying your vacation. Staying in a vacation home instead of a hotel gives you access to a kitchen so you can save money over the cost of eating out. It also provides a sense of peace after a day spent exploring the iconic sights in the city.

The 5 must see places of Los Angeles

  1. Universal Studios – Hollywood

    Movie lovers may want to add the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood to the itinerary. The tour is one of the more well-known attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, possibly because it was first offered as a venue for tourists in 1915. That makes the Studio Tour the site’s longest-running attraction, and it gives visitors the chance to see where their favorite movies have been and are filmed. The King Kong 360-degree 3D exhibit is also available to add the thrill factor to the tour.

  2. Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Classical music enthusiasts may enjoy adding a stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall when planning to visit Los Angeles. The LA Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform in this architecturally unique concert hall. In addition to attending a concert, the facility also offers self-guided and guided tours for visitors who want to learn about the hall’s history. A restaurant, store and outdoor amphitheater that hosts children’s events are also part of the tourist offerings.

  3. Runyon Canyon Park
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    Runyon Park Canyon is a popular spot for photographers and anyone who wants to get a feel for “Old Hollywood.” The park has a few old-style Hollywood mansions, and it boasts picturesque views of the cityscape below. The San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean are visible from the high trails in the park. The park is also a must-see stop for hikers who enjoy a peaceful escape from the fast-paced energy of the city.

  4. Santa Monica Beach and Pier

    Sun lovers enjoy chilling out on the two-mile stretch of sand that makes up the Santa Monica beach, and the pier is home to an amusement park that features a solar-powered Ferris Wheel. Whether you want to pack your swimsuit for a day at the beach or take your camera along for some photos from the top of the Ferris Wheel, this popular stretch of waterfront is known as one of the most popular beaches in LA.

  5. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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    Entertain dinosaur enthusiasts and world history buffs with a stop at the La Brea Tar Pits. There’s no charge to enjoy the sights at the tar pits, but there is a fee to enter the museum. Tours are included with the cost of entering the museum, adding to the learning experience for both children and adults.