Explore Los Angeles for your next vacation and soon you’ll enjoy entertaining attractions, lots of culture and fabulous food options to please the most sophisticated palate. You can take in the vibrant downtown nightlife and experience activities galore during the day. Pack in as much or as little as you want to suit your itinerary. A vacation rental home allows you to rest up for the next action-packed day of vacation.

5 activities to see the most of Los Angeles

  1. Explore the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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    A trip to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without checking out the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sidewalks on each side of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are lined with stars recognizing big names in the entertainment world. You’ll see names of comedians, actors and actresses, musicians and even some animated characters like Bugs Bunny. Although 24 ceremonies are held each year to feature the most current stars on the walk, you can take your own tour at any time. There is no fee. Some of the stars that made the cut to this well-known attraction include Chuck Norris, Sandra Bullock, Rodney Dangerfield and Jackie Gleason. You can look back down Memory Lane and remember former entertainers while viewing current stars who are still living and entertaining.

  2. Visit Venice Beach

    Los Angeles has 75 miles of picturesque coastline with scattered beaches throughout. Venice Beach has enough activities to accommodate a wide range of interests. You can see the popular Muscle Beach outdoor gym, try one of the famous restaurants with gastronomic feasts, peruse the art displays and listen to the street musicians. Try out the elaborate skate park for yourself or watch the daring skateboarders navigate it. There’s plenty of shopping with boutiques in the area and a sandy beach if you want to catch some rays and chill out for an afternoon. If you choose a vacation rental home in this area, you’ll be able to take it all in at your own pace. Consider renting a bike and escaping on some of the bike trails.

  3. Tour the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is ideal for museum enthusiasts and visitors who want to learn more about the art expression and culture of the city. It’s considered to be the largest art museum on the West Coast, housing nearly 135,000 pieces of art. Numerous galleries and exhibit halls are in the museum campus with tours included with the admission ticket. Permanent and temporary rotating exhibits are listed on the website so you can plan your museum visit accordingly. Artwork expressions include contemporary and modern art galleries, Japanese paintings, outdoor sculptures, Southwest ceramics and Iranian historical art.

  4. Spend a Day at Descanso Gardens
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    The beauty and serenity of Descanso Gardens makes this a must-see attraction for your Los Angeles trip. The 160 acres are filled with distinct gardens, including a rose garden with 1,600 rose bushes, a manicured Japanese garden and an oak tree garden with giant oak trees. The variety in the gardens ensures that something is always blooming anytime of the year. You’ll also see water features and wetlands in various areas. Tour the Boddy House, which was the home of the garden founder Elias Manchester Boddy. The Sturt Haaga Gallery is also located in the Descanso Gardens. It entertains rotating exhibits related to botany, ecology and conservation. This is such a huge area that you might want to allot a whole day or at least an afternoon to walk through the various gardens. Be sure to have your camera ready or your smartphone charged for multiple photo ops.

  5. Check Out the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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    Just outside of L.A. you’ll find the impressive Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It rests on top of a hill on 300 acres of land with excellent views of mountains. The library and museum honor and remember the 40th President of the United States. Permanent exhibits include many interactive displays, a replica of the Oval Office and a First Lady tribute to Nancy Reagan. The museum also includes films, historical photos, on-site food options, an Irish pub and a museum store. Perhaps the most popular area of the museum is the Air Force One Pavilion, which is located conveniently on the first floor. Visitors can actually walk onto the Air Force One airplane that transported former President Ronald Reagan.

Los Angeles is an urban sensation with a little bit of everything right at your fingertips. It’s an ideal spot for vacationing because it does offer so much, from beaches to museums to famous attractions. The sophisticated Metro Rail light rail system, the subway and public transportation buses make it easy for visitors to get around the city. A lot of locals and visitors use bikes for their transportation. Riding a bike allows you to soak up the SoCal sunshine while you’re traveling.