Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of trapped animals.

Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: https://tarpits.org

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Hollywood Walk-of-Fame

Address: Lanewood Ave &, N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: https://www.walkoffame.com

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!-Hollywood

Mural made of puzzle peices

Museum with kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads & rare animal skeletons.

Address: 6780 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Website: https://www.ripleys.com/hollywood/

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Griffith Observatory

Observatory
Space Museum

The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.

Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Venice Beach

Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. 

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Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California that is over 100 years old.

Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: https://santamonicapier.org

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Downtown Los Angeles
The Hollywood sign off in the distance