Top Los Angeles Tourist Attractions

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Though Los Angeles remains an extremely popular tourist destination, it’s also gained the somewhat unwarranted reputation of being a bit too gimmicky or too commercial. While the Los Angeles landscape would not be complete without its share of glamour and glitz (it is the home of showbiz, after all!), the top Los Angeles tourist attractions merit a deeper look. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the L.A. sprawl or a seasoned veteran of the City of Angels, make sure to check out these Los Angeles attractions, taking the opportunity to experience the culture, history, and innovation that make the metropolis so unique. Venice Beach & Boardwalk Venice Beach conjures iconic images of L.A.'s alternative beach bum scene, where skateboarders, body builders, and artists of various sorts hang out in a circus-like environment that couldn't be recreated anywhere else. At first, this … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. This can be due to lack of planning, chaotic itineraries, unhappy family members, and the number one cause: overspending. Whatever your budget, your summer vacation … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Los Angeles 2014

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Although St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t exactly scream fun in the sun, maybe it should. For revelers who will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles this year, there are actually a wide variety of places to go and a number of options about what to do. Who says that East Coast cities like New York and Boston get to have all the fun on the annual mid-March holiday anyhow? If you have going to be on the West Coast for Monday’s festivities, be sure to check out some of the Los Angeles Attractions that are open year-round. One thing you may want to do on St. Patrick’s Day is attend Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival from 6am - 2am on the 17th.  The festival is located in Downtown LA at 613 South Grand Avenue and it will feature food, drinks, a ton of games and music from DJ’s including DJ Aaron Castle, DJ Waldo and DJ Timmy Two Shoes! The festival offers free … [Read more...]

L.A. Natural History Museum Butterfly Pavilion

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Beginning on Sunday, April 13 at the L.A. Natural History Museum, the Butterfly Pavilion will be opening up again for the 16th straight year. Featuring 30 free-flying species of our colorful airborne friends, the Butterfly Pavilion is definitely worth seeing before it closes up shop on September 1. The majority of the fluttering flyers in the Pavilion will be native to the GoldenState, but there will be 10 species that are arriving from South Florida and Texas for the event. All of the butterflies will fly amongst the nectaring plants within the outdoor exhibit and the Pavilion will have somewhat of a subtropical feel as well. Listen as male Grey Cracker butterflies distinctively crack their wing as they patrol their territory and watch the day-glow green Malachites float through the air as they usually do in southern regions of the United States. There will also be local … [Read more...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Attractions List

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The City of Angels is home to a lot more than the glitz and glitter you always hear about. While Hollywood Blvd. and the big film and television studios are certainly a big draw, Los Angeles also boasts fine art museums, historic institutions, and unique art museums that make for a thriving cultural scene. Of course, you can't forget the theme parks, big and small, that fill the LA County area. The great thing about the Go Los Angeles Card is that it grants you access to all the top Los Angeles attractions. So whether you're in the market for Universal Studios Hollywood discount tickets or Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets, you know you're getting the best deal. Take a look at all 37 things to do in Los Angeles: Los Angeles Attractions Universal Studios Hollywood Madame Tussauds Hollywood Hollywood Homes Tour Knotts Berry Farm Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hollywood … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in L.A.

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Looking for last minute Valentine’s Day ideas for the weekend in Los Angeles? In the city of glitz and glamour, you can expect businesses and restaurants to go all out on the romance scale. While this is great for some, many prefer Valentine’s Day plans that are less expensive, more casual, less stuffy, and more fun! There are so many exciting things to do in Los Angeles this Valentine’s Day, no matter what your interests. The Theme Park Date Show your special Valentine a good time with one of the many different theme parks in Los Angeles—or see them all! You’ll get your taste of showbiz when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes both a behind-the-scenes tour of the working studio and an amusement park filled with thrill rides based on all your favorite movies and television shows. Meanwhile, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a thrill seekers paradise, … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Tourism Discounts

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Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach towel in the sands of Santa Monica while LA natives bike or jog on the paved trail behind you and off in the distance a camera crew captures footage that could wind up on your favorite television shows. There’s probably a street performer nearby, strumming a guitar and belting out tunes that everybody knows, and as he plays on the docks, a pelican waddles past him and steals the some bait from the group of fishermen angling off the pier. Undoubtedly, there are several high-tech looking cameras around, in the hands of cameramen with black-rimmed glasses, snapping photos of Hollywood hopefuls. You look up to see the big Ferris wheel turning against the sky, and in the background, jagged cliffs lean precariously over the Pacific. Something about Los Angeles makes you feel like you’re on vacation all year round. For tourists, this is great, … [Read more...]

Top Los Angeles Winter Attractions

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There are several reasons why a trip to Los Angeles in the winter will be advantageous to both you and your wallet. Among the top few reasons are that the weather is mild, hotel rates are nearly half of what the are in the peak season, and you’ll experience way fewer crowds and lines at the top Los Angeles attractions! Theme Parks & Studio Tours Visiting Universal Studios Orlando without having to navigate through throngs of tourists is any movie buff’s dream come true. Fortunately, you can make this a reality by scheduling your trip to Universal in the winter—from the enormous back lot, to the special effects stage, to the all new King Kong 360 3-D movie adventure, it’s all yours to explore! You’ll travel through working sets, learn all about cutting-edge movie-making technology, and get on board rides built to resemble your favorite blockbuster hits. Want to see more … [Read more...]

The Oscars 2014

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It’s almost spring, and that means one thing to the Hollywood elite and cinephiles alike – Oscar Season! Formally known as the Academy Awards, but popularly called “The Oscars” after the statuette given to each award recipient, this event is among the top Los Angeles attractions each year. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 2, 2014, at the popular Dolby Theatre (which you can visit and tour with your Go Los Angeles Card – just not while they’re using it for the awards!). As always, the Oscars promise to be an exciting evening of dance, song, and of course, theatrics! Some of 2013’s best films, musical scores, and performers have been nominated for this year’s awards, including “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” for Best Film; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Best … [Read more...]