Known for its rich filmmaking heritage and celebrity spotting, Los Angeles dazzles millions of tourists from around the world each year. With a multitude of attractions, it’s challenging to narrow down the itinerary, especially with so many opportunities for sightseeing in LA. To help you experience the best trip with inexplicably gorgeous views, we’ve compiled the top destinations. Read below to add these sites to your list!

1. Hollywood Sign

An international symbol of Los Angeles and celebrity fame, the 45-feet tall Hollywood Sign perched on Mt. Lee attracts visitors from around the world. This preserved and protected sign was originally built in 1923 and read “Hollywoodland”. In 1978, the sign was replaced due to decay and has continued to be restored to remain a Los Angeles landmark. While you can hike to get somewhat closer to the sign, it’s illegal to come near it, and it sits behind a restricted gate with further security. To get the best views and perfect photo opportunities, head to the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, or the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

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2. Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard’s famed 22-mile long road stretches from the lively Sunset Strip to picturesque Malibu. From The Roxy, where Rocky Horror Picture Show first premiered in 1974, to grunge nightclubs like The Viper Room, you can make an evening just out of Sunset Strip. In addition, the historic hotel Chateau Marmont has housed celebrities from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Scarlett Johansson and presents a chic bar, Bar Marmont.

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For a scenic route, hop in the car to pass Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, and UCLA to gain some of the best views of Southern California during the day. Additionally, we encourage you to stop at the peaceful Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine to walkabout the temple and meditation garden grounds off of Sunset Boulevard.

3. Beverly Hills

This neighborhood screams “lifestyles of the rich and famous”, as this Los Angeles suburb is renowned for luxury shopping, dining, and spa treatment centers. As a result, Beverly Hills enables visitors to garner some of the best sightseeing in LA. From deluxe service at the 5-star Beverly Hills Hotel and shops down Rodeo Drive to visiting the famous Witch’s House and the Greystone Mansion, you and your family will have plenty to see and do.

4. The Getty Center

Perched on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains in the Brentwood neighborhood, The Getty Center merges beautiful modern architecture with lovely garden landscapes. In the distance, visitors can see the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains. Spend time surveying the architecture on a 45-minute guided tour describing the curvilinear design elements and Italian travertine materials of the Getty Research Institute campus.

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Housing libraries, galleries, and offices, the building uniquely incorporates natural light, sunken gardens, glass walls, and terraces to create a peaceful space for staff and visitors. Moreover, their vast permanent art collection spans continents and eras with special exhibitions and temporary exhibits in rotation as well.

5. LACMA

LACMA, as it’s known, is the largest art museum in the western United States. Displaying classic global art collections as well as indoor and outdoor contemporary art installations that seem larger than life, LACMA is surely worth a visit.

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Most notably, Chris Burden’s 2008 large-scale installation “Urban Light” located at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to the museum has been shown in film media and attracts countless visitors per year. The installation is constructed of restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. Whether or not you choose to get tickets to the museum, you can definitely snap a picture with the Urban Light installation.

6. Chinatown

Chinatown, or New Chinatown, in Los Angeles, is a vibrant center for Chinese and Chinese-American history, culture, and commerce. Chinese immigrants first came to the area in 1852 and established a rich community despite the discrimination they faced. In 1938, New Chinatown opened. Since then, it has grown to include huge cultural events such as celebrating the Chinese New Year, Chinatown Summer Nights, the Moon Festival, and CicLAvia.

7. Runyon Canyon Park

This incredibly popular hiking spot offers excellent views and a fairly easy hike for visitors of all ages. Three miles roundtrip, the loop provides about an hour and a half of quality hiking in the center of Hollywood. Plus, you’re welcome to bring your dogs, and there are some off-leash areas as well.

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Visitors can get to the park via south entrances on Fuller Avenue and Vista Street. The park’s north entrance is located at Mulholland Drive and Runyon Canyon Road. We suggest carpooling, biking, taking the Metro bus 217, or the Red Line subway to avoid traffic and residential parking issues.

8. Griffith Observatory

A cultural icon, the Griffith Observatory leads the charge in educating the public on the history and study. This free-admission, public facility attracts millions every year with its interactive, comprehensive exhibits. It is also the most-visited public observatory in the world. Built in 1935, the Observatory is located in Griffith Park above the Los Feliz neighborhood. With multiple floor levels of exhibits, a planetarium (for a small fee), free public telescopes, and special events and programs such as star parties, you don’t want to miss out on this historic destination. Also, as mentioned earlier, you can see the Hollywood Sign quite well from the Observatory’s grounds. For quality sightseeing in LA, visit the Observatory.

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