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Things not to miss in LA???

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1. Posted by magsa (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

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Hello
Enroute to New Zealand, I am spending ten days in LA. I just wondered where are the places I can not miss?? I have already decided to go Disneyland, Universal, Hollywood sign, that boulevard with the footprints and stars, so I wondered what else I can not miss?? As you can tell I am not afriad of going to touristy places, the cheesier the better!!! Less touristry suggestions would also be welsome!
Love Mags xxx

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

Check out going to a TV studio to see the filming of a TV show. Jay Leno's Tonight show at NBC in Burbank is always a favorite.
Also, got to the Huntington Library and Getty Museum (get tickets before arriving in LA for this one). Go visit Malibu west of LA where the TV stars live, or take a tour of the stars homes in the Bel Air/Beverly Hills area (and get a recent map--the ones they sell on the streets are about 10 to 20 years old and way out of date).

Also, go to the beach--Santa Monica or Malibu on the west side or Huntington Beach/Newport Beach/Laguna Beach on the south side are good.

During the months of July and early August they have the Laguna Beach art fesitval--this is really fun--go to the sawdust festival during the late afternoon and into the evening to really feel like you've been somewhere.

As an alternative, go to San Diego for a day--visit the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, or the San Diego Wild Animal Park--go ride waverunners in Mission Bay (rent them at the San Diego Hilton Resort). And eat either at Old Town San Diego--or at Bali Hai on Shelter Island. Lastly, consider a day in Mexico--go to Rosarita Beach around 30 miles south of the border (avoid Tijuana). Just south of Rosarita is the FOX Studios where they filmed "Titanic" and "Master and Commander". There's kind of a mini-Universal Studios here to visit as well.

Consider taking a cruise on the bay to go whale watching or just to cruise the coast.

In other words, relax and have fun--that's what it's all about in California--and the reason to travel.

3. Posted by Aclvr1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hey those are some pretty good ideas from the last poster : ) Although see if Ellen tickets are available - She always has really cool goodies for the studio audience ~ While in Anaheim visiting the Mouse if you have time Check out the block - Its an outside Mall - With cool places like Ron Johns Surf Shop, Hilo Haties, Vans skate shop, and Dont miss Tu Tu Tangos - Hmmmm.... What else ?? Hey Your Pad or Mine? Rubber Stamp store in Garden Grove is really cool hehehehehheeh : ) Take Care Have a lovley trip ~~ Lis: Big cheesygrin:

4. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I'd agree w/ Calcruzer, particularly about the Sawdust Festival in Laguna which is an unusual experience, but also look at these places to consider, too:

Aquarium of the Pacific:
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/

California Science Center:
http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/

La Brea Tar Pits:
http://www.tarpits.org/

TV Tickets for American version of "Whose Line is it Anyway"
http://www.studioaudiences.com/show.asp?show=25

Venice Beach is aways considered a place to see the crazy side of Los Angeles:
http://www.laparks.org/venice/venice.htm

Disneyland could take you 2 days, depending if you do California Adventure and/or on how "into it" you are.

Down in that general area there is Medieval Times:
http://www.medievaltimes.com/index2.htm

And Legoland if you travel with children:
http://www.legoland.com/california.htm

Check for concerts while you are here:
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/
http://www.pollstar.com/
http://www.thelamusicscene.com/ (see the calendar section)

AND IF YOU WANT TO DO SOME THING REALLY WEIRD:
Museum of Jurrasic Technology:
http://www.mjt.org/

Have a super time!!!

5. Posted by RJ Mc (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Yep! those are great suggestions. Should be enough to keep you busy for the entire time. Hope it's the best! - Rebecca

6. Posted by magsa (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Wow thanks for all the info! That's fantastic I'll get looking into it all....
This time in five weeks I will be on the plane to LA!!!!!
xxx

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

You can also take some tours around Beverley Hills (90210 ) that take you to the houses of the starts. You don't go in the houses of course, but you drive past the mansions owned by various people and the tour gives a commentary/story on them. You can take the tours from Sunset Strip.

Also, there's a great farmer's market in LA which is worth a look. I know it sounds a bit boring but it's something different.

You can also do a day tour to Tijuana which is really interesting. Just keep in mind that the tour guide will "guide" you to stores which pay him a commission. And haggle hard!

Apart from that, there's the usual Disneyland stuff.