Los Angeles is famous for many things, the biggest probably being its position as a hub for film and television production. Packed with television and film studios, LA is a city that oozes charm and excitement. It’s also the home to thousands of the world’s most famous celebrities – meaning you could be in for a treat if you happen to stumble into a well-known face when taking a stroll along the street.
There are plenty of other aspects to Los Angeles that cannot be ignored while on holiday, though. The city, as expansive as it is, is packed with various famous landmarks, many of which are well worth a visit. The best known of these is likely to be the Hollywood Sign, which resides on the face of the Hollywood Hills in Mount Lee. Built from 50 foot high letters, the sign originally said Hollywoodland and was created to advertise a new housing development being built in the area. In the advent of American cinema, the sign became iconic and so was left up, with the ‘land’ segment being removed in 1949. A symbol of the American movie industry, the sign is well worth a visit.
Sports fans will be interested to visit the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which has played host to the Olympic Games twice – the only stadium in the world to have done so. Due to this accolade, it is also the only Olympic stadium that has held several Super Bowls and World Series events, and now enjoys the status of being a National Historic Landmark. Taking in a game of American football at this stadium is a sight to remember.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an intricately designed concert hall where you can take in some of the most breathtaking orchestral displays. Seating over 2,000 people, the concert hall is huge – but it’s the exterior of the building that fascinates most. With sweeping designs that capture the very cutting edge of modernity, this concert hall makes way for many excellent photo opportunities.
Of course, there’s plenty more to see in Los Angeles and it’s more than worth spending your time planning a travel itinerary before you head out exploring. As well as the above, you’ve got Chinatown, the Griffith Observatory, the Gerry Center, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Boulevard to squeeze in – so you can enjoy having a full day planned from the moment you wake up in one of the many Los Angeles hotels.