Planning a trip to LA–Checkout must visit places

 

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Los Angeles is a not only Hollywood city but much like a fantasy land. In LA, you can find mix of the all the pleasures one may want to enjoy while traveling. If you are Hollywood fan you have plenty of places like Universal Studios ,Warner bros studio tour, from theaters to museum to walk of fame,you will be dazzled with this city full of stars. If you want to enjoy ,their are so many world’s best beaches like Santa Monica, El Sol beach etc. You can enjoy all type of cuisines in the city from Native American, to Chinese, to Thai , to Indian. This is also a shoppers paradise. So Let’s see how we can plan a trip to visit all the famous places we should not miss at all. Here is the list of places:

Universal Studios

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If you are travelling to LA for the first time, you should visit Universal Studios Hollywood. Visiting Universal studios is all about Harry Potter mainly as that is the first attraction of Hollywood studios. Harry potter rides are heavily crowded always and expect almost half an hour wait time for your turn if you are planning to go on weekend. Apart from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, The mummy, Transformers were good rides and less crowded comparatively. We can purchase tickets online from Universal Studios website or can buy over the counter as well. Weekday ticket is around $105 per person for normal entry, they do provide VIP day passes also which are close to $400 per person. If you are on budget travel and going for 3 or 4 days to LA , my suggestion would be buy 4 day “Go-City card” from Costco which will cost you around $200 and covers all the places in LA. The only condition is you have to visit Universal studios on Weekday with Go-City card.

Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood

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Who does not know about Madame Tussaud’s wax statues. You can find real life-like wax statues of your favorite celebrities. You will find all type of stars in Madame Tussaud from Hollywood to great politicians to sports legends. You can enjoy carefree time hanging out and posing with Hollywood stars. Don’t forget to bring camera while visiting. Ticket Price for museum is $30.95 per person but this attraction is included in Go-City pass. If you have purchased pass just show the pass in your mobile and they will let you go in.
Note: Bollywood lovers may get disappointed as there are no Bollywood stars in LA Madame Tussaud.

TCL Chinese Theater and DOLBY Theater Guided Tour

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Both attractions are just next to each other. TCL Chinese theater has powered red carpet movie premiers and special events attended by Hollywood’s biggest and brightest celebrities. Cost of VIP ticket is $15 for Chinese Theater. Dolby Theater was excellent if you have interest in learning about Hollywood Academy awards history. You can go for the guided tour where they give you in depth history and tour of Academy awards.This is not really for small children as the history may sound boring to them. Ticket cost is $23 per person and their show timings vary. We had to go 2nd day as on first day last tour was organized at 1:00 PM so plan accordingly.

Griffith Observatory:

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The Observatory was a great place to visit in evening time to see the lights – it was unbelievable. You can opt for guided tour also but we just went their to enjoy the sight of Hollywood sign and observatory. Also to see complete LA. It is free unless you want to go up viewing the deck of observatory. Currently parking is free but they are installing pay and park machines.

Warner Bros Studio Tour:

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We went to Warner Bros Studio Tour on Sunday. There are both plus and minus on visiting the studios on Sunday as they will show you most of the areas which generally are closed due to ongoing shootings but there are no shootings happening on Sunday, minus is you will not have chance to see stars :p . When we went to Warner Bros studio awe did not really know what to expect from the tour. This tour was all about seeing and understanding how movies/serials are shot, you get to see real sets where currently shoots are happening. They tell you all the tricks and techniques used in making movies/serials. You can almost take pictures everywhere except the areas where current episodes are getting shot. Ticket cost for studio tour was $60 per person (They don’t allow children on trip I think below 8 years:( )So plan accordingly. This is also included in Go-City pass.

Santa Monica Pier/Beach

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There are so many beaches in LA but I believe Santa Monica beach s pretty famous. On this beach , you will find 3 parts. One where people generally take bike on rental and ride along the beach. Second is Amusement park for children and third is where you enjoy beach. This beach is generally pretty crowded and not for people who don’t enjoy many people around. There are other beaches also in LA. We went to Dockweiler Beach which was not very crowded but it was near Airport so plan noise may get irritating at times.

Share your travel experiences and let me know if I have missed any places..