Why LA's Still Got It Going On!

Everyone has to visit the fabled streets of Los Angeles at least once in their lives and even if you're not heading out to follow the Hollywood dream, there are still plenty of chances to strike it big on the west coast.
Stag do parties, couples and even families will find no end of things to do that will keep them happy and occupied from morning to night. So, if you've never been before or you'd like to check out a few activities that you may have missed on your last visit, take a peek at the top ten list below and discover why LA has still got it going on.

Disneyland Park
The original and still considered the best theme park featuring all of the iconic Disney characters and a few that you may never have heard of. Main Street, Adventureland and Fantasyland are just some of the areas that you'll find and from roller-coasters and flume rides to science exhibits and the American frontier, this has to be a highlight of any family trip to LA.

Universal Studios
There's always someone who's heading out west to make it big in the movie business however, a visit to Universal Studios allows you to get behind the scenes without having to wait tables or suffer the casting couch. King Kong, JAWS and The Curse of the Mummy can all be found in some guise or another and if you're looking for rides, familiar characters and an insight into Hollywood then right here's where you find all of the above and then some.

Mulholland Drive
If you're hoping to delve a little deeper into the real LA then why not take the winding road into the Santa Monica Mountains and check out the awesome views of the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles from Mullholland Drive. This road features some of the most exclusive properties in the world and if you're looking to get into the movies then you may wish to watch David Lynch's Mullholland Drive picture before you visit.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Located along the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard this is one of the most popular sights in LA and a must for all those looking to get photographed next to their favourite star's hand prints. Everyone from actors and actresses to musicians and even astronauts have been inducted into the most-prestigious walkway on the planet and if you have the time to visit all 2400 five-pointed stars then you may want to consider getting out more.

LA Zoo
You'll find over 130 acres of exhibits and attractions housed within Los Angeles Zoo and if you're a fan of botanical gardens then you'll be pleased to learn that are more than 7400 individual plants spread across 15 different collections. It's all happening at the zoo with gorillas, elephants, reptiles and chimps providing just a few of the favourites.

Griffith Observatory
Situated on Mount Hollywood and holding some exceptional views of both the downtown area and the Pacific coast, the Griffith Observatory is a great place for star-spotting of a different nature. With an excellent planetarium facility as well as an awesome exhibition related to space and science this is just one of those places that's well-worth a visit no matter what you're looking for in LA.

Dodgers Stadium
This is one of the most famous ball parks in the whole of America and if you're heading down Elysian Park Avenue you may just want to pop in and pay your respects. With a capacity for over 50,000 screaming fans, this is the perfect venue if you want to soak up some genuine west coast atmosphere and even if you can't get tickets then are some excellent behind-the-scenes tours that will help you learn about the importance and the heritage of LA baseball.

Santa Monica
Anyone visiting LA has to check out the beach at least at some point during their stay as from sun, surf and sand to the ferris wheel and amusements on the pier, if you're looking for the quintessential LA lifestyle then this is where you're bound to find it. As resort towns go Santa Monica is certainly a cut above the rest and what better way to escape the city than to enjoy a mug of coffee as you watch the mist roll in off the Pacific.

TCL Chinese Theatre
Located on Hollywood Boulevard and formerly known as Mann's, the TCL Chinese Theatre has emerged as one of the icons of LA with such a distinctive frontage that you won't fail to spot it on a tour of the city. Still functioning as a working cinema there are plans afoot to convert the Chinese Theatre into America's largest IMAX with many of the original features remaining in place including the decorative walls adorning the auditorium.

Griffith Park
If you've got plans to head out on your grand American adventures to LA and you fancy taking a bit of time out from the hectic city life then a trip to Griffith Park maybe exactly what the doctor ordered. Covering over 4000 acres and providing no end of recreational activities, including: outdoor concerts, 18-hole golf courses and loads of running, horse-riding and cycling trails, Griffith Park is the perfect alternative to the city and the ideal spot for picnics and people watching.

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Chris can't wait to return to LA where he fully intends to soak up the sights on a tour of the city.

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