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Explore Los Angeles’ Most Exciting Attractions – An Insider’s Guide

Nov 28, 2018 | California | 0 comments

Updated: October 1, 2023

Are you ready to take a dazzling journey through the sights and sounds of Los Angeles? From its iconic monuments to its off-the-beaten-path attractions, LA is the perfect destination for travelers looking for an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for shopping along Rodeo Drive or visiting some of the city’s most popular landmarks, this insider’s guide will help make your trip one to remember! Read on to discover all that L.A. has in store – from exploring Hollywood and Universal Studios to discovering hidden gems around every corner – no matter what type of traveler you are, there’s something special awaiting you in Tinseltown!

Woman enjoying the views in Sherman Oaks, California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Must Do in Los Angeles:

Rent a house in the Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks neighborhood is located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The neighborhood is located in the middle of everything, without the Beverly Hills price tag. Its close proximity to the 101 freeway offers quick access to Hollywood and Downtown, too.

Suggestion:

Rent a house on VRBO or Airbnb, it is cheaper than a hotel room. Also, Dollar Rental has great prices on car rentals. It is Dave Ramsey-approved.

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Fun Fact: Several celebrities live in Sherman Oaks such as Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Paula Abdul, Drew Barrymore, and Luke Perry (RIP).

Woman enjoying the views in Sherman Oaks, California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Visit the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”

Lanewood Ave &, N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Suggestion:

Embark on a captivating celebrity home tour along the famous “Walk of Fame” – a plethora of options await! Just before you decide, make sure to browse through online reviews for complete accuracy. After all, getting stuck on a bogus tour is the last thing you want. Oh, and don’t forget – be prepared to haggle over prices as most of them accept cash only.

Pink’s Hot Dogs in Los Angeles

709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Experience Hollywood at its best and indulge in the mouthwatering delights of Pink’s Hot Dogs. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Suggestion:

Everything on the menu is amazing, so get what you want!

Woman taking a selfie with her hot at Pink's Hot Dog restaurant in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Visit Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Take a picture at the Santa Monica 66 End of Trail street sign, and check out the beach!

Suggestion:

Try one of the ice cream shops on the pier. They make a cookie monster ice cream that is to die for.

Woman taking a selfie on the beach at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Woman posing with Route 66 sign at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Kids eating ice cream at night at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Buy discount tickets. Log into Ebates, click on Expedia, and order tickets for 4% cash back. You can buy a day and get a second day free! While at Universal don’t forget to go on the “World Famous Studio Tour” only available at the Universal Studios Hollywood.

Suggestions:

Try “Butter Beer” at Harry Potter World and a Duff Beer at Moe’s Bar in Simpson Land. To top it off don’t forget to eat a Homer-sized donut and a genuine Krusty Burger! Also, the Mummy Roller Coaster Ride is by far the most thrilling at the park.


Los Angeles Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

A must-visit destination for parents with small kids – the LA Zoo! Unlike our local Houston zoo and many others across the country, the LA Zoo presents a unique animal collection that you won’t find elsewhere. Could it be their proximity to the renowned San Diego Zoo that adds to their extraordinary variety?

Family posing in front of the LA Zoo in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

SUR Restaurant in Hollywood

606 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Get a babysitter and hit up Hollywood. Make reservations at the famous SUR Lounge and request a celebrity server. Try to take a picture in the back alley with the SUR sign (Where all the delicious drama happens on “Vanderpump Rules”).

Suggestion:

Try the Goat Cheese Balls, Stassi’s ultimate favorite from “Vanderpump Rules”. These heavenly bites were served to us by none other than Lisa Vanderpump’s very own son. How awesome is that?

TomTom Bar

8932 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Leave your car with Valet at SUR lounge and walk to “TomTom’s” Bar. Stay late because that’s when the celebrities show up! While we were there we saw Lisa Vanderpump, Tom, Jax, and Britney!

Suggestion:

Order a round of “Stroke of Midnight” drinks. They are strong & yummy. Honestly, all of their signature cocktails are strong and yummy, you literally cannot choose a bad drink.


Visit The Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Research hiking videos and maps on YouTube. Our favorite trail was Beachwood Canyon Trails.

Masa of Echo Park

1800 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Stop for some delicious deep-dish pizza at Masa of Echo Park. Keep in mind the deep dish takes 45 minutes to cook, but so worth it.

Suggestions:

Get an appetizer while you wait, if you’re starving. And don’t forget to indulge in some local draft craft beers.

Slice of deep dish pizza from Masa of echo Park in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Visit Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. This place has tons of rides for all ages, the whole family will be happy. Order tickets online via your phone at the gate, it will save you $$$.

Suggestion:

Check out all the amazing food at the park. If thrill rides are your thing get a fast pass. There is almost zero wait for this option, but it basically costs the price of an additional ticket. The famous chicken at the Knott’s Chicken Restaurant was a HUGE disappointment for me. What can I say I’m from the south so I have high expectations.

Rides at nightime at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Mom and daughter on rides at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Little girl riding rides at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Bowl of dessert from Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Visit the “La Brea Tar Pits.” Walk around outside and view the tar pits for free or pay a small additional fee and you can visit their museum.

Suggestion:

Go inside and view the museum. You’ll see lots of great fossils of saber tooth cats, wooly mammoths, and dire wolves. A 30-minute show is included with the museum ticket price, which goes over the history of this famous site.

Woman posing with the welcome sign for La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Dinosaur display in the lobby of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

This is just scratching the surface of all that Los Angeles has in store! So, if you’re ready to experience all the city has to offer, start planning your trip today with Glam Escapes. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, our travel advisors are dedicated to getting you the best deals and making sure your journey is unforgettable. Get insider knowledge about unbeatable restaurants, unique sightseeing activities, and fun shows and attractions that only a local would know. With a little bit of help from Glam Escapes, you can have the perfect LA experience – one that leaves your friends envying your adventure once it’s over. So don’t miss out on this opportunity; let Glam Escapes book your next trip so you can explore the City of Angels like never before!

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