Los Angeles offers a wealth of vacation activities. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Your Guide to Los Angeles
What to Do:
Griffith Park Observatory
Natural History Museum
Santa Monica Pier
TCL Chinese Theatre
When to Go:
Los Angeles boasts a fairly moderate climate for most of the year, so it’s easy to plan a visit for almost any time, although winter can get a little too chilly to fully enjoy the beach.
Los Angeles International Airport offers frequent flights from all major carriers to and from the city daily.
Where to Eat:
Canter’s Fairfax Delicatessen and Restaurant
419 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal CityWalk
1000 Universal Studios Blvd. #99
Universal City, CA 91608
Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Where to Stay:
The Beverly Garland
4222 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Famed for its fabulous weather and a diversity of offerings that spans everything from beaches to theme parks to the world capital of film and television, Los Angeles is truly in a league of its own. But the City of Angels isn’t just for hopeful starlets or sun-seeking beach bums — this Southern California hub boasts such a wealth of vacation activity options that you are sure to find something that will please each and every member of the family.
For a true taste of Hollywood history, head to the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), where children and adults alike can enjoy the tradition of fitting their hands into the cemented prints of Hollywood’s most famous stars. While in the area, delight the kids by grabbing a bite at Pink’s Hot Dogs, a landmark Los Angeles eatery.
To keep the movie magic flowing, spend a day at Universal Studios for an inside look at the industry. While the park’s rides and shows are sure to thrill the whole family, the real treat is the studio’s backlot tour, which offers a peek at iconic film and television sets as well as impressive and exciting special effects demonstrations.
Take advantage of Los Angeles’ enviable year-round sunny skies with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier, which houses rides, games and even a small aquarium, all just steps from the beach, and the Third Street Promenade’s array of shopping and dining. For another outdoor option, take in a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, perfect for a lazy day in the sun or a warm summer evening. Or spend an afternoon exploring L.A.’s giant Farmers’ Market on Fairfax Avenue, which offers tastes of the world’s cuisines and unique culinary finds.
For fun times with a little learning on the side, the city’s most family-oriented museum is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, which celebrates its centennial this year. Summer visitors can see 53 free-flying butterfly species in the Butterfly Pavilion, open until Sept. 2, and enjoy the new Nature Gardens, set to open this June. In the evening, head to the iconic Griffith Observatory, located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, to see the lights of the L.A. skyline, enjoy free stargazing and take in a show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
With avenues for exploring everything from the stars of Hollywood to the stars in the sky, families will soon understand why Los Angeles is like no other.