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The Top 5 Must-See Landmarks Of Los Angeles

Phenia Hovsepyan |
July 26, 2010 | 7:49 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Los Angeles is one of the most eclectic and beautiful cities in the world.

A vast metropolitan full of vibrant people and diverse culture, L.A. is home to people from all over the world who love the city for all it has to offer.

From the glamour and celebrity of Hollywood to breathtaking and peaceful beaches; from some of the best shopping and dinning on the West Coast to wonderful nightlife and entertainment; from world-class museums to amazing city views with lights as far as the eye can see--many would say L.A. has it all.

Here is a closer look at five historical Los Angeles landmarks that attract tourists and locals on an everyday basis.

On a hill overlooking West Los Angeles, The Getty Center offers wonderful city views and is home to priceless works of art.

Whether you want to enjoy a picnic in the beautiful flower garden or visit paintings by masters like Vincent Van Gogh, The Getty is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

The Getty hosts special exhibitions throughout the year and offers entertainment as well as informative tours. It is a gem in the world of art and architecture, and a place you can visit over and over again.

The Santa Monica Pier is perhaps one of the most famous places in all of Los Angeles.

The historic pier, which celebrated its 100th birthday in September 2009, offers unique shopping, live entertainment and great dinning.

Pacific Park, located on the pier, is a great place for kids to have fun as well as for city locals to go on a first date.

Also home to the iconic ferris wheel that has been captured in so many movies, taking a ride and seeing the view of the beach from above is on the to-do list of every Los Angeles tourist.

Next to the beautiful rose gardens of Exposition Park is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The Natural History Museum is home to incredible exhibits of life on earth and how it has changed over time.

From mammals roaming the world today to dinosaur skeletons of life long ago, it is no wonder that kids are always excited for the special school field trip to the museum.

The one thing the world associates most with Los Angeles is Hollywood.

Tourists from all over the world come to the famous crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Not a day goes by without countless visitors taking photos of their favorite celebrity names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, going on bus tours around stars' homes, and shopping for all the souvenirs of their trip to the movie capital of the world.

The Hollywood and Highland Center is the focal point of the shopping, dinning and nightlife of Hollywood.

The famous Kodak Theater, which is host to the Academy Awards, the Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and views of the Hollywood sign, surrounded by shops and entertainment, make a day touring the heart of Hollywood a very eventful one.

The Griffith Observatory sits above the hills of Hollywood overlooking all of Los Angeles.

Perhaps more amazing than the views of the night sky are the views of the city, stretching out as far as the eye can see.

The Observatory offers free admission to all its visitors who have come to learn about the wonders of the universe.

Whether one wants to see an eye-opening show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, explore the different exhibits on space time and the earth’s place in the universe, or just go hiking in the trails of Griffith Park at sunset, visiting the Observatory never gets old.


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