LA is a diverse city with a reputation for being the creative center of America. Visitors will find a thriving culinary scene, incredible shopping, outstanding museums, and fun-filled family attractions.
When you visit Universal Studios, you will come across exhibits, rides, games, and interactive displays from all your favorite movies, shows, stars, and what not! The studio is the real-life display of renowned films or shows that Universal has produced, including the 'Springfield area from Simpsons.' In addition, it has an area dedicated to 'Despicable Me' and the famous 'Minions.' You would be glad to know that it has recently opened the dedicated area for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here, you can stroll around all the things you've seen in the Harry Potter movies and enjoy a ride that takes you through the entire Hogwarts Castle! In addition, you will get a chance to protect the AllSpark from the Transformer's movie in a 3D ride or witness Jurassic Park where dinosaurs are let loose, and you have to save yourself. And, of course, throughout the entire park, you will keep running into your favorite characters from all kinds of movies and shows.
LA is a paradise for petrol-heads. There are so many unique cars on the street, and if you failed to catch a glimpse of them, there are two many museums to view cars from the last two collections. The first is the antique Nethercutt; the second is this, the fabulous Peterson Automotive Museum. The museum has over 100 cars exhibit across 25 galleries. Some of these are incredibly famous cars, which many of you would have probably seen on TV. These cars include the famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond: Skyfall, the iconic Batmobile from the 1992 movie Batman Returns, Disney's favorite Lightning McQueen, and drifting and Ken Block, his 2011 Ford Fiesta from Gymkhana 3! In addition, the museum has educational tours for those who want to get into the intricacies of these spectacular machines and various dedicated exhibits to different eras and types of cars.
The LA Music Center is the center of all the performing arts in the city. It is a place incredibly vibrant and diverse. It has had hundreds of performances throughout the year by its four resident companies - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Center Theatre Group. Apart from these, there are several festivals, concerts, and workshops for people to form relationships with the performing arts and people from different communities. The Music Center has four venues for all these varieties of performances - the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and the recently opened and striking Walt Disney Concert Hall.
With outstanding rock formations, tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and verdant palms, the zoo is a pleasant natural habitat for exotic fauna. The 7,500 extra well taken care of trees and groves create a beautiful spot for picnics and celebrations or just soaking in the Californian sun. During cold evenings, you can enjoy the grand light show and walk through disco-balls in the forest to meet reindeer. At Hippo Encounter, children can have the heartwarming experience of petting a friendly hippo and her baby.
The Runyon Canyon Park is a unique natural area in LA. Here, the air is fresh, the noise is canceled, and beautiful views and hikes are offered. It's filled with beautiful green trees and shrubs, walkways taking you through this beautiful environment to vista points from where you can see things like the famous Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, and if it's a clear day, the Pacific Ocean, among many others. You can spend a good few hours in the outdoors, exploring the park and the various trails. The park has various entry points. When entering the canyon's bottom, you can choose whether to go clockwise up the canyon or counterclockwise, which are both excellent and refreshing trails about 30 - 45 minutes long.
The prime time to explore Los Angeles is from March to May and from September through November. The air is cleaner, and the crowds are less oppressive.