Los Angeles is tagged as the world's visual entertainment empire as it houses film making and television broadcasting studios like Paramount Pictures Studios and Warner Bros. Studio. Aside from showbiz, there are a lot of things to do that this city has to offer.

Los Angeles is known for being one of the most diverse and unique sets of neighborhoods in the United States. It is ranked as second best shopping destination, fifth city with the widest food selection, and sixth city with the best nightlife scenes in the USA. Here are some of the things that you can do in Los Angeles.

1. Griffith Observatory

Activity: Hiking
Time: 2 hours ~ Half-day

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If you're looking for some nature tripping, Griffith Park is the place to be. Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the country. It has more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails for the nature lover in you. It also has numerous waterfalls and lagoons. Also in this park, you will find most of the iconinc spots such as the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, the Hollywood Sign, the Autry Museum of the American West and, of course, the observatory.

Past travelers enjoyed the park's views, especially those provided during their hikes to the famous Hollywood Sign. Griffith Park is open to the public seven days a week from sunrise until to 10 p.m. Admission to the park is free, but some individual attractions and facilities such as sports courts and some of the park's museums may charge entry fees. Limited complimentary parking is provided throughout the property. Visit Griffith Park's website to find out more.

2. Rodeo Drive

Activity: Shopping
Time: 1~2 hours

This is like the shopping mecca in Los Angeles. Designer brands, up and coming boutiques, they're all here. Rodeo Drive is popular with wealthy shoppers, sunglass-wearing celebrities and tourists hoping to see fashion icons. You can enjoy window shopping and food tripping at Rodeo Drive. People with a passion for cars can also enjoy this area looking for expensive vehicles parked along Rodeo Drive's curb.

Rodeo Drive is free to visit 24 hours a day, but shops and nearby eateries have varying hours of operation. Parking prices vary by location, but several areas offer waived fees for one or two hours. A few bus routes also make stops nearby. For more information and store directories, you may visit Rodeo Drive's website.

3. Sta. Monica Pier and Beach

Activity: Swimming, Sightseeing
Time: 2 hours ~ Half-day

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Thanks to its soft sands, ideal weather and bevy of attractions, Santa Monica contains one of the most legendary beach scenes in the United States. With averages of about 340 days of sunshine a year, Santa Monica acted as the backdrop for the popular television series "Baywatch." In addition to the famous pier's Ferris wheel, visitors can zip around on a roller coaster, catch lively street performances, play carnival games and grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors or at a sit-down restaurant.

Tourists enjoy Santa Monica as the whole town is accessible by walking. Travelers also recommend riding the Ferris wheel at the pier and people-watching at the Third Street Promenade. The pier is open 24 hours a day, however, hours will vary for local businesses. Parking is plentiful and costs between $6 and $15, depending on the season and lot location. Travelers can also get to the area by taking the Big Blue Bus or riding the Metro's Expo Line to the Downtown Santa Monica station. For more information, check out the Santa Monica Pier's website.

4. Hollywood Walk of Fame

Activity: Sightseeing, Night activities
Time: 1~2 hours

Take a stroll at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where stars left their handprints and signatures on the sidewalk. At the area where the Walk of Fame ends, you'll arrive in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre, originally known as the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. These two remarkable places represent the glory days of Hollywood's Golden Age.

TCL Chinese Theatre offers theater tours for $16 - kids tour tickets cost $8 and senior tickets are $13.50 each - from 10 a.m. to 9, 9:30, 9:45 or 10 p.m. every day except Monday. As for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it is open to the public 24 hours a day, and most of its activity and notable names are located between the 6800 and 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard (which, luckily, is directly in front of the theater).

5. The Getty Center

Activity: Sightseeing, Museum
Time: 2 hours~Half-day

For the artsy hearts, you can check out The Getty Center. The Getty Center is one of the most impressive architectural works in the US. The Getty Center houses some of the finest works of art in the world. Some of the artworks here are Renaissance paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historic manuscripts and more, all inside a modern campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. The museum also offers spectacular views of Los Angeles on clear days.

Visitors loved the museum for its value and beauty, highlighting the contrast between the art center's subtle refinement and the over-the-top glitz of Hollywood. Free 45-minute guided tours are provided at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. for groups with 15 to 30 people, while complimentary headsets can be borrowed for self-guided audio tours. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the Getty Center's website to learn more.

These are just some of the things to do in Los Angeles. What do you look forward to do in L.A. next?

Jan Audrey Francisco

Lyca is a digital content specialist based in Quezon City, Philippines. He specializes in arts and artists contents.

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