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City of Angels. La La Land. Tinseltown.
If there was ever a competition for the city with the most names, it would be difficult to beat Los Angeles. And why not?
Given its rich and diverse history and its numerous different flavors, I would expect no less.
With a population comparable to that of New Zealand and a GDP greater than that of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, The City of Los Angeles can make countries jealous.
So if you have the good fortune of being in Los Angeles (whether you are a visitor or a resident), make sure you explore the city and enjoy the best of what the city has to offer. Please be responsible, though, and do not violate the COVID-related guidelines.
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions — five of the best places to visit in Los Angeles.
Griffith Park and Observatory
This place has so many things to offer, no matter what your interests are, you are almost certain to have a great time.
Whether you are looking for a nice place to have a relaxing time, a walk, a short hike, or a long trail, Griffith Park is the place for you. And with its many great activities, it’s a dream place for kids.
The observatory located inside the park offers you an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. That is enough to make the visit worth it.
But if you are into telescopes, planets, and space, it has even more to offer. In fact, one of its telescopes, the Zeiss refractor, has been viewed through by over seven million people — the most for any telescope.
When you visit, don’t forget to carry sunscreen and a lot of water with you. Water is not always available, and one can easily get dehydrated in the sun — if you plan to hike or something like that.
Universal Studios Hollywood
If you like theme parks and rides, Universal Studios Hollywood is not a place you would want to miss. Besides being a working movie studio, the theme park is known for its thrilling rides based on famous Hollywood movies.
And then you have the Universal CityWalk, where you can enjoy its shopping, dining, and theatres. You can also explore some of Universals’s most popular movie sets.
But yes, it can be expensive. Or very expensive if you are interested in the “VIP experience”. And don’t forget to book your tickets online if you don't want to waste time waiting in long lines.
The Getty Center
For those interested in history, architecture, and art, the Getty Center is a great place to visit. The museum has a great collection of sculptures and artwork, including the Vincent Van Gogh painting, Irises.
But that’s not all. The Getty Center’s buildings and garden are beautiful, and its superb hilltop location allows for breathtaking views of the city.
Visit once, and chances are you will want to visit again!
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
When we hear the word “history”, we generally think back a few thousand years. But how about looking back at creatures that inhabited our planet tens of millions of years ago?
At the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, you can see the bones and skeletons of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are the main attraction, but you will see and learn about a lot more (including the history of California) as the museum takes you on a journey through time.
This place is great for adults and kids alike.
Petersen Automotive Museum
A wonderland for car enthusiasts or those fascinated by vintage automobiles. Or for anyone interested in the evolution of motor vehicles over the past century.
They have an unmatched exhibit of cars, motor-bikes, and trucks — from the ancient to the modern. Besides, they also have a great education department and hold a number of amazing events throughout the year.
If you enjoy this place, you might also want to visit The Nethercutt Collection. It houses an exquisite collection of cars, furniture, timepieces, musical instruments, and more. Some like it even more than the Peterson Museum.
Each of the places mentioned above is amazing and can give you experiences and memories you will want to keep with you forever. Some of them may be closed at present, though, because of the pandemic.
But once things get back to normal, visiting these centers would be a great way to celebrate.