1. Check out Universal Studios for unlimited fun and entertainment. For those not in the know, the famous theme park features rides and games that are built around concepts in Hollywood movies. Take a ride on The Revenge of the Mummy, which is a slow ghost train featuring animatronics, or watch out for the Waterworld show, where a full sized plane is thrown over the set towards the audience. Checking a show schedule will help you plan your itinerary to include themes from all of your favorite movies.
2. Take a look at Grauman's Chinese Theatre where the first silent movie was played and where the red carpet ceremony for the Academy Awards begins. Outside the theatre are the handprints and footprints of Hollywood stars on the Walk of Fame.
3. The Getty Center caters to art history lovers with its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The architecture and spectacular views are also great attractions to the museums.
4. Disneyland in California is a smaller version of Disney World in Florida, but just as much fun. The rides, shows, parades, and of course, Mickey Mouse, make it a kid's paradise. The adults will enjoy the water, laser, and fireworks show. Get yourself a fastpass to get past the long queues for each ride.
5. Venice Beach is one of LA's most popular beaches for all the activities and nearby attractions. Come out to Venice Beach for biking, rollerblading, lifting weights, swimming, sunbathing, people watching, and so on. The canals of Venice and Marina del Rey are all nearby.
6. Rodeo Drive is a fun place to be to rub shoulders with your favorite superstars. Located in Beverly Hills, this is an upscale shopping district covering three blocks with designer label boutiques. That said, there are a number of stores offering items at affordable or discounted prices.
7. Los Angeles Zoo is a fun place for the family to hang out together. Showcasing all the usual animals expected in a zoo, it also has many educational exhibits.
8. The Griffith Park Observatory offers a fantastic view of the city of Los Angeles as well as the Hollywood sign. As a planetarium, it offers some interesting information about our planet and its neighbors in the universe.
9. TV show lovers absolutely must not miss the opportunity to watch one of their favorite TV shows live as part of the audience. Free tickets can be requested via mail or online.
10. For the more active and adventurous, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing are all available at the Angeles National Forest, which has thousands of miles of forest, mountains, streams, waterfalls, and campgrounds.