Thursday, June 25, 2015

Top 20 tourists attractions in Los Angeles

1. Walk of Fame:

Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame:
Established: 1958.
Location: Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Type: Entertainment hall of fame.
Visitors: 10 million annually.

The Walk of Fame, better known as the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk covering around 18 blocks in Hollywood and one of the most popular tourist destinations in California. In fact, people visit California to have a picture with the monuments. This is a permanent monument to the achievements of different people in the history of entertainment. The monuments are comprised of five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars while the number of such monuments is over 2500. The monuments mostly contain the names of different renowned actors, directors, musicians, producers and others who have an active role in the entertainment industry. About 10 million visitors annually visit the public monuments. The Walk of Fame is stretched over 2 kilometers in the east to west directions. The stars are set with a gap of six foot with the other star. The detail identity and category of the stars are placed on the star and there are five categories for them. This is one of the best destinations for visitors in the USA.

2. Hollywood Sign:

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign:
Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Country: United States.
Construction started: 1923& Completed:1923.
Renovated: Repaired 1949.
Demolished: August 1978.
Structural system: Wood and sheet metal (1923–1978), Steel (1978–present).
Size: 45 ft (13.7 m) tall, 350 ft (106.7 m) long.
Original: 50 ft (15.2 m) tall.
Architect: Thomas Fisk Goff.

Mounted on the mount Lee, the icon of culture in the USA, Hollywood sign is located in Los Angeles under California. The entire locality is also known as Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood Hills area, and the sign was formerly known as Hollywoodland Sign. This is a landmark for the USA. The word – Hollywood is spelt here in capital letters colored in white and around 14 meter tall. In lengths, the sign covers up 350 feet at a time. The history of the sign dates back to 1923 and the locations were used for advertising for the real estate companies. Then the sign underwent different troubles. Now, the surrounding land of the sign is now the part of Griffith Park and the sign is protected by a nonprofit organization though it experienced damages and restoration for several times. During the restoration, the signs were donated from different individuals related to the entertainment industry. The sign is inaccessible to the public and there are barriers to prevent the unauthorized access. This is one of the most visiting places and millions of visitors around the world come here to watch the sign.

3. Griffith Observatory:

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory: 
Architectural style: Art Deco.
Location: Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Elevation: 346 m (1,135 ft).
Construction started: June 20, 1933.
Architect: John C. Austin, Frederick M. Ashley.
Designated: November 17, 1976.

Located on the Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory provides observatory facilities to its visitors. It is located at the Griffith Park in California. The observatory is a famous tourist spot in the state and provides different services including observing the Hollywood sign, observing the space and the display center there exhibits the science-related objects and issues. The observatory was founded in 1935 and it requires no admission fees at all but the visitors should have to pay a little if they want to enjoy some shows inside. The observatory is surrounded by over 3000 acres of lands. In 1896, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith donated the land to the city of Los Angeles with the condition to build an observatory which will provide different scientific issues to the public. He actually dreamt of making astronomy accessible to people of all level. Construction of the observatory began in June of 1933 and the major renovation took place in 2002 that lasted for four years. This is one of the most important visiting sites for the tourists in California.

4. Knott's Berry Farm:

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm:
Slogan: America's 1st Theme Park, California's best Theme Park.
Location: 8039 Beach Boulevard Buena Park, California 90620.
Owner: Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
Opened: 1920.
Operating season: Year-round.
Visitors per annum: 3,683,000 in 2014.
Area: 160 acres (65 ha).
Rides: 40.
Roller coasters: 10.
Water rides: 2.

Considered as the 13th most visited theme park in North America, the Knott’s Berry Farm is one of the most attractive amusement parks located in California. The park is set on 160 acres of lands and Cedar Fair proudly owns the park. Around 10,000 seasonal and permanent employees work here to run the park daily. The park is decorated with 40 rides for all ages of people. Roller coasters, family rides and the historical rides are the most popular ones in the park. The history of the park and the Knott family goes back to 1920. At that time the family sold berries, and gradually they occupied a place on the map with their hard efforts and sincerity. After the death of the founding members of Knott’s, the business was sold to Cedar Fair which has shaped the location to the current theme park. A large number of crowds gather in the park to enjoy their leisure hours and this is a great place for the tourists indeed in California.

5. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels:

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angles:
Location: 555 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, California.
Country: United States.
Denomination: Roman Catholic.
Founded: 2002.
Architect: Rafael Moneo.
Style: Contemporary Modern; deconstructivist elements.
Completed: 2002.
Construction cost: $250M.
Capacity: 3,000 people.
Length: 333 feet (101 m).

Better known as COLA, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angles is a Latin Church cathedral in California. The cathedral was formally opened in September in 2002 and provides a good range of services to the Catholics and is a seat of a local Archbishop. The existing structure has replaced the former structure for being damaged in a severe earthquake in 1994. The current structure design has brought some arguments and many of the people are on a negative opinion over the design imposed during the reconstruction. Besides, the costs were higher than expected to complete the entire structure and building. The naming of the cathedral suggests its close association with Virgin Mary. The cathedral is the mother church of around five million Catholics and it contains a mausoleum in the lower level. Burial facilities and spaces are available there which is a source of fund for the cathedral. It also contains the tombs of different renowned bishops and now this is one of the most visiting sites for the tourists out of California.

6. Universal Studios:

Universal Studios

Universal Studios:
Type: Subsidiary.
Industry: Film.
Founded: April 30, 1912 (as Universal Film Manufacturing Company).
Founder: Carl Laemmle, Pat Powers, Mark Dintenfass, William Swanson, David Horsley, Charles Baumann, Adam Kessel, & Jules Brulatour.
Headquarters: Universal City, California, U.S.
Area served: Worldwide.
Products: Motion pictures.
Revenue: Increase US$4.239 billion (2011)
Operating income:Increase US$27 million (2011)
Universal Animation Studios, Focus Features, Illumination Entertainment, Working Title Films, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, United International Pictures (50%).

Known as the Entertainment Capital of LA, this is the 17th most visited theme park in the world and also film studio. It is located in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. This studio is globally famous for its movies and for the attractive logo that appears on the screen before any movie made in the studio. Being one of the oldest filmmaking studios in the world, it is still being used by the movie makers in Hollywood. The theme park was set to make the visitors informed about the real studio and sets used in the movies. The park contains some renowned hotels, restaurants, shops etc. The entire location is divided into two areas and there are nine rides, outdoor playing areas and, shows over different issues, and arrangements for foods and beverages are made inside. Easy access from public transportation has made it easier for the tourists to visit the theme park and this is also a great destination for the tourists in Los Angeles.

7. Watts Towers:

Watts Towers

Watts Towers:
Location: 1727 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles, California 90002.
Built: 1921–1954.
Architect: Simon Rodia.

Inside the Simon Rodia State Historic Park, the Watts Towers are the set of collection of 17 interconnected structures shaped in sculptures. The towers are known in different names including Towers of Simon Rodia. The tallest of the towers is 30 meters in height and the design of the towers and their walls were made by Sabato (“Simon”)Rodia. The designer worked as an Italian immigrant and the towers are considered as a great example of outsider art in the USA. Located adjacent to the Watts Tower Los Angeles Metro station, the towers are regarded as a historical cultural monument in the state. The sculptures are made of steel and in a combination of concrete and wire nets. The sculptures are well decorated with ceramic tiles, seashells, bottles, mirrors and much more. Interestingly the making of the towers was done with hand tools and the designer worked alone to build the towers. The structures have also appeared in music and documentaries. Now this is one the most sought tourist destination in LA.

8. Venice Beach:

Venice Beach

Venice Beach: 
Country: United States.
State: California.
City: City of Los Angeles.
Area: 3.1 sq mi (8 km2).
Population (2008): 40,885.
Density: 12,324/sq mi (4,758/km2).

Located in the west part in Los Angeles, Venice beach is a recreational beach area which attracts people most. Venice was founded as a resort town here in 1905 and got merged with Los Angeles in 1926. The beach area is crowded with people from different countries and vendors who are selling numerous objects. The beach was founded by a businessman after buying over 3 kilometers of ocean front property. Initially, there were a ship restaurant, a dance hall and an auditorium but the most attractive place was the sloping beach. Population centering the beach started growing gradually and it stood as one the most prominent locations to pass leisure hours. The locality holds over 37, 000 populations in its small area and mostly the place remain always crowded for a hangout on the beach. The visitors are allowed to participate in handball, tennis, skate dancing, volleyballs, biking etc. in the beach area and each of the types has different trails respectively.

9. The Getty Center:

The Getty Center

The Getty Center: 
The Getty Center Exhibitions Pavilion.
Established: 1997.
Location: Los Angeles, California.
Visitors: 1,153,903 (in 2009).

Mostly famous for its architectures and gardens, The Getty Center is a campus of Getty Museum and also holds other programs. The expensive center ($ 1.3 billion) was publicly opened in December of 1997. The park is located in Brentwood and over one million visitors come here annually to visit the museum. The museum is well decorated with the artifacts and paintings of the pre-20th century. Most of the prominent paintings of European drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and decorative arts are preserved here. Besides, the centre has an outdoor exhibition hall in the garden where different sculptures are exhibited. The Getty Research Institute and some other offices are also housed in the centre. The central garden, decorated with different colorful flowers and plants is considered as a sculpture which is made in the form of a garden.

10. The Hollywood Bowl:
The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl:
Location: Los Angeles, California.
Type: Outdoor Amphitheater.
Capacity: 17,376.
Opened: July 11, 1922.
Renovated: 2003-2004.

Located in Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater and owned by the County of Los Angeles. The Bowl is set in the Backdrop of Hollywood Hills the amphitheater has been carved into the hill and this is the home ground for Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. A good number of musical events are held here annually where thousands of people become the audience. The history of the Hollywood Bowl dates back in 1919 as part of an outdoor performance for a newly formed Theatre. The place was then used as a picnic spot for the locals and was covered with natural shades. Officially the Bowl was opened in July in 1922. Initially, the Bowl was used in its natural form but once the gathering of the theatre loving people increased, the set up was changed to arrange seats for the growing audiences. A large number of public figures, musicians and dancers have performed here. Now, the Hollywood Bowl has become one of the most impressive visiting places for the tourists.

11. Beverly Hills:

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills:
Country: United States of America.
State: California.
County: Los Angeles.
Incorporated: January 28, 1914.
Area: 5.710 sq mi (14.790 km2).
Land: 5.708 sq mi (14.784 km2).
Water: 0.002 sq mi (0.006 km2)  0.04%.
Elevation: 259 ft (79 m).
Population (April 1, 2010): 34,109.
Estimate (2013): 34,658.
Density: 6,000/sq mi (2,300/km2).

Located on a triangle-shaped condition, Beverly Hills city is mostly famous for its accommodation of many Hollywood superstars. Though the name suggests about hills, most of the houses are flats and the houses are valued based on their locations. Besides, this is a shopping street as well covered with expansive Beverly Gardens Park and some other smaller gardens. The illuminated Beverly Hills sign also attracts people, particularly at the night times. The settlement in the locality began in the 18th century while the city was a ranch for growing vegetable and many investors have tried to find out minerals here in the early 19th century but they did not find anything except water. Gradually, the town was developed by the inhabitants in different times. Due to Mediterranean micro-climate, the city is moderately warm and cold which has made the place attractive to the Hollywood stars and artists. The city has active participation in politics and the houses many offices and business organizations.

12. Santa Monica Pier:

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier:
Type: Amusement Pier.
Spans: Pacific Ocean.
Locale: Santa Monica, California, United States.
Opening date: September 9, 1909.
Designated:  August 17, 1976.

The Santa Monica Pier is a century-old landmark in Los Angeles and located in Santa Monica in California. The entrance to the pier is attractive and mostly famous for the amusement park, Pacific Park, Ferris wheel run by solar panel etc. This is mostly a popular place among the tourists and the locals. This is also a heaven for the anglers and they are privileged with a corner to exercise angling. The restaurants provide the delicious foods to the visitors. Summer is the best time to enjoy outdoor events like movies, concerts, and family picnics, and the shows that held here are free to the visitors present there. When the pier was opened in the beginning of the 19th century, it was supposed to carry sewer pipes. But the place became attractive for its natural state when people started visiting the place frequently. Due to its natural beauty, the landmark has been in used in different Hollywood movies and some of the video games have been made keeping this location in the background. This is a wonderful place for the tourists, indeed.      

13. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium:
Type: Amusement Pier.
Spans: Pacific Ocean.
Locale: Santa Monica, California, United States.
Opening date: September 9, 1909.
Designated: August 17, 1976.

Concentrating on the marine life of Southern California, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an aquarium which mostly displays the marine life found in the locality. The place is also famous as it holds different events for schools and groups. The aquarium is under the responsibility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and initially a small building housed the aquarium and the old building shifted to a new house in 1981 which cost $ 3 million. The building got further expansion in 2004. The aquarium was inaugurated in 1935 as a store of marine specimens and it started achieving popularity when it was opened for school groups. The live collections of the aquarium are also adorable. The name of the aquarium got changed in 1990 and the public events brought its reputation more as an aquarium. The former building of the aquarium contained offices, an exhibition in indoor and outdoor spaces and wet laboratories. Now the wet laboratory is housed in a two-storied building while the front sides are made with fiberglass sculptures. This is another important tourist spot in Los Angeles.

14. Westwood Memorial Park:

Westwood Memorial Park

Westwood Memorial Park:
Location : 1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90024.
Owned by: Service Corporation International.
Designated: May 16, 2003.

This is a cemetery and better known as the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. The cemetery is located in the Westwood village. This is mostly known as many of the celebrities, from the entertainment industry, have been buried here. But the place is also used as a burial ground for the other people as well. The place is notable for the grave of Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon and more others. In line with the cemetery, this is also a small park. The only entrance of the cemetery is located on the Glendon Avenue. Many of the people crossing by the cemetery are unaware about the graves of the Hollywood celebrities who had made histories with their performances. The cemetery is cared well and always quiet and the visitors could drive directly into the park with the single circular road. Finding a grave of any stars or people buried here is easier than the other graveyards but at times it becomes difficult to find the name if the location is unknown. This is a great place for the visitors as well.

15. California Science Center:

California Science Center

California Science Center: 
Established: 1951
Location: Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
Type: Science museum.

The state agency and museum is located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles and mostly famous for its collections. The center was founded in 1951 and was termed as California Museum of Science and Industry and it received the current name in 1998. This is the largest hands-on science center in the West Coast and run by a public-private partnership. The partners are – the State of California and the California Science Center Foundation. The science center is also famous for its annual science fair known as the Californian State Science Fair. The visitors are able to enjoy the exhibitions and demonstrations which require a ticket certainly. The IMAX movies are also special and exhibit the most special travelling exhibitions, activities like climbing wall, motion simulations and high-wire bicycle ride. The history of the museum dates back to 1912 and the building was designed with terra cotta and brick. Gradually the place turned into a place for recreation and people started gathering here in their leisure hours. The science wing on mathematics was opened in 1961 named Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond. Now this is one of the most desired places for the visitors in LA.       

16. Malibu Beaches:
Malibu Beaches

Malibu Beaches: 
Country: United States.
State: California.
County: Los Angeles.
Area: 19.828 sq mi (51.354 km2).
Land: 19.785 sq mi (51.242 km2).
Water: 0.043 sq mi (0.113 km2)  0.22%.
Elevation: 105 ft (32 m).
Population (April 1, 2010): 12,645.
Estimate (2013): 12,861.
Density: 640/sq mi (250/km2).

Malibu is a city in Los Angeles which is enriched with the beach. The exotic beaches in the city have made it as one of the most sought destinations in the entire country. The beaches are warm and sandy while the beautiful location houses many of the Hollywood superstars just beside the beach. The scenic beauty is stretched around 27 miles and mostly the residential part is located a bit far away from the beach. The beach is always crowded with tourists and locals while the wind from the Pacific Ocean is mind blowing. There are several beaches in the area and the most prominent of them are – Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Zuma Beach, Surfrider Beach, County Line beach etc. History of the beach dates back to the 15th century when people arrived here for fresh water and then the location was occupied by different invading nations. The development of the Malibu city and beach started in the 19th century and now this is an affluent city.

17. Santa Monica Beach:

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach:
Location: Los Angeles County, California.
Nearest city: Santa Monica.

Located along the Pacific Coast Highway, the Santa Monica Beach is the place where the LA people rush to enjoy the lively sunrise and sunset scene every day. The beach is over 3 miles in length where the visitors are allowed to do many things. The well-decorated parks, picnic areas, restrooms, lifeguard stations, playgrounds for kids and adults everything is in order to serve the needs of the visitors round the day. Bike rentals are doing well with their business as the visitors prefer to drive bikes on the bike tracks. Another feature of the beach is that it contains some tracks which are enabled to carry visitors with disabilities. The authority has banned smoking in the beach premise. Earlier, in the 20th century, a part of the beach was known as the Negro Beach as the African Americans were allowed to use a part of the beach. The beach is truly a splendid place for the people outside of LA.

18. Chinatown:


Neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Commercial center for Chinese and other Asian businesses.
The original Chinatown was Developed in the late 19th century.

The neighborhood in Downtown of Los Angeles is famous as a trading and commercial center. The place is inhabited by the Chinese and Asian people who own their respective businesses since 1938. The area is set with different Asian restaurants, shops selling numerous things and art galleries. The locality is the residential area for the low-income group people and contains around 10,000 inhabitants. The Chinatown originally was set here in the last part of the 19th century, and experienced different disasters throughout the years while the most important disaster was the establishment of the Union Station that demolished the town. The current town was established later. Among the notable establishments, the towns own a city park, a library, two schools and medical center and hospital. The location is used in different films. The Asian foods sold at the restaurants are yummy! This is a nice place for the visitors outside of the USA.

19. Dodger Stadium:

 Dodger Stadium 

Dodger Stadium:
Location: 1000 Elysian Park Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90090-1112.
Owner & Operator: Los Angeles Dodgers.
Capacity: 56,000
Field size:
Left Field - 330 feet (101 m)
Medium Left-Center - 360 feet (110 m)
True Left-Center - 375 feet (114 m)
Center Field - 400 feet (122 m)
True Right-Center - 375 feet (114 m)
Medium Right-Center - 360 feet (110 m)
Right Field - 330 feet (101 m)
Backstop - 55 feet (17 m)
Broke ground:September 17, 1959
Built: 1959-1962
Opened:    April 10, 1962.
Construction cost: $23 million ($179 million in 2015 dollars).
Architect: Praeger, Kavanagh, Waterbury.
Structural engineer : William Simpson & Associates Inc.

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Los Angeles and the Dodger Stadium is a shrine for the baseball lovers. The ground is located in the Elysian Park and is also the home ground for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The stadium was opened in 1962 and it cost around 23 million us dollars. The construction period took less than three years while the funding was done from private sources. This is also the third oldest ballpark here but the east capacity is the largest one. The stadium has hosted major leagues and events. It also held soccer tournaments in 2013. The design of the stadium is distinctive and contains an expansive parking lot. The use of ramps has been minimized and this is an earthquake resistant stadium in LA. Two large electronic scoreboards are set in the ground which looks great. This is one of the tourist friendly locations in the LA.

20. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles:
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: 
Established: 1913.
Location: Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California.
Type: Natural history museum.

Considering the size, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. The museum is better known as NHM and the collections of the museum are over 30 million artifacts and specimens. Opened in 1913, the museum contains history over 4 billion years. The museum has been reformed and some of the exhibition halls have been renovated and the outdoor Nature Gardens and Nature Lab was opened in 2013. Initiative to establish a museum in the locality began in 1910 and additional wings for the museum were also built as the rate of visitors was on increase. In the early days, the museum was divided into two parts and in 1965 it was renamed with the current name. The museum owns three floors for permanent exhibitions and two satellites. People who want to have a trip in LA could visit this museum to gather some special knowledge.

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