Huntington Library Opens New American Art Galleries

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Art lovers visiting the LA area this summer are in for a delightful surprise – the beautiful Huntington Library is about to open up a brand new expansion of their American Art galleries. Be sure to stop by the Huntington for a few hours to check out the new space; it’s bound to be a fantastic addition to a culturally inspired Los Angeles vacation. The new space debuts on July 19th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place (and it is a little hidden in San Marino), the Huntington is a unique cultural center that combines a little bit of everything – lush botanical gardens, a world-renowned research library, and several well furnished art galleries. Now, they’ve expanded their American Art gallery by adding five new rooms (previously used as storage space) – that’s a lot more space for art! The expansion means that over 100 new works of art can be displayed to … [Read more...]

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Are you searching for seals and dolphins on your kayak ride through La Jolla? Scouring tide pools for tiny starfish and anemones? There’s an easier way to see the best Pacific sea life on your LA vacation this summer – with a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Located in Long Beach, California (just south of LA proper), the Aquarium of the Pacific is the best place to get to know the creatures that live and play in the world’s largest ocean. With more than 11,000 different creatures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to a stunning variety of specimens from the Tropical Pacific to Southern California and Baja California all the way to the chilly North Pacific. Some of our favorite areas and special exhibits at the aquarium include: the Sea Otter Habitat, featuring Maggie, the beloved resident icon of the zoo; the Shark Lagoon, perfect for those of you who wish every week was … [Read more...]

Summer at Knott’s Berry Farm

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A Southern California vacation often involves a trip to one or more of the area’s top theme parks. However, summertime in places like Disneyland means lots of crowds and long lines – not to mention the astronomical prices. This summer, enjoy short lines and sweet rides at a theme park that maintains a hometown feel: Knott’s Berry Farm. Plus, with Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets, the price is unbeatable. Billed as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a long history of providing quality entertainment and hospitality in Southern California. What started as a highway-side fruit stand known for the creation of the hybrid boysenberry and delicious berry pies in the 1920s evolved into a “summer long county fair” by the 1950s and a theme park to rival the giants by the 1990s. Today, the park continues to grow, and while you can still get a slice of fresh … [Read more...]

A Guide to LA Studio Tours

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Planning your trip to LA and trying to decide which studio tour is right for you and your family? Check out our handy guide to the top Los Angeles Studio Tours for information on tour content, location, hours of operation, and any additional admission information you need to know. Each of these tours has something unique to offer visitors. Indulge your love for the entertainment industry with a visit to one – or to all! – of these top Los Angeles attractions. In no particular order: Universal Studios Universal Studios Hollywood often tops many must-see lists. Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of the most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through the park, pointing out some of the exciting pieces of movie magic that you’ll see throughout the tour. Highlights include a bit of … [Read more...]

Los Angeles 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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If there’s one day of the year where the city known for its glitz and glamour is even more filled with sparkle and light than usual, it’s the Fourth of July. Los Angeles attractions love Independence Day as much as the rest of us, so you can expect to find the whole sprawling metropolis celebrating. Of course, it’s the fireworks that are the main attraction. This year, when you spend Fourth of July in Los Angeles, you should know where to go to see the best fireworks displays from the most ideal viewing spots. Whether public extravaganzas or ticketed events, these five Los Angeles attractions each put on a fireworks show you won’t want to miss—and over half of them are free. Rose Bowl - AmericaFest AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known Fourth of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern … [Read more...]

Inside Madame Tussauds Los Angeles

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Madame Tussauds, known today as a world-wide chain of tourist attractions devoted to celebrity figures in wax form, has origins in Europe that extend as far back as the late 18th century. Marie Tussaud, the original wax sculptor from whom the museum takes its name to this day, created her first full wax figure in 1777. It was a replica of Voltaire. While you probably won’t find any 18th century philosophers at Madame Tussauds Los Angeles, the Hollywood location is the top spot to see amazingly life-like replicas of movie stars and pop icons. With Madame Tussauds Los Angeles Discount Tickets, snapshots of you with your favorite celebrities are an affordable and unforgettable souvenir to bring home from your Los Angeles excursion. So what’s inside Madame Tussauds Los Angeles? First, you’ll be given the chance to make a red carpet arrival. Your red carpet experience will feel … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Summer Events 2014

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If you are heading out to the GoldenState this summer, there certainly won’t be a shortage of things to do. There are spectacular happenings throughout California throughout the year, but the list of 2014 Los Angeles Summer Events is impressive all on its own. With a Go Los Angeles Card from Smart Destinations, you’ll be able to see all of the best Los Angeles Attractions for one discounted price. Save 55% off gate prices as you visit as many of the 37 included attractions as you want to over the course of two weeks. On June 21 and 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, some of the most lovable characters of all time will be putting on a live show designed to teach one of the most important skills in life in Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend. In the show, Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street gang help Grover form a friendship … [Read more...]

Cheap Los Angeles Attraction Tickets

Cheap Los Angeles Attraction Tickets

From the glitzy streets of Hollywood to the sunny beaches of Santa Monica, Los Angeles is the ideal vacation destination. Whether you’re traveling with friends, your significant other, or the whole family, you’ll find plenty of attractions, tours, and cruises to fill your time. Now, while LA is one of the most exciting cities to explore, it can also be one of the most expensive; from five star restaurants to shopping on Rodeo drive, the cost of your excursions can add up fast. So don’t forget to pick up some Go Los Angeles Card attractions discount tickets to save money on all your other activities! Kids will never forget a day at Universal Studios Hollywood or Knott’s Berry Farm. But studio tours and amusement parks are among the priciest attractions – especially for a family of four. Fortunately, with a Go Los Angeles Card, you can get free included admission to all the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles July 4th 2014 Attractions

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No matter where you go or what you do in Los Angeles, the Fourth of July is guaranteed to be fun, festive, and busy, busy, busy. However, to ensure the holiday is one that you’ll enjoy to the fullest, it’s good to know what’s going on and where you’ll get the best deals while having the most enjoyable time. One of the most famous Fourth of July attractions in Los Angeles is the annual July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. This year’s performance features Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell. You’ll also see the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. While the show takes place three nights in a row – on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th – tickets are bound to become scarce, so you’ll want to get them soon. There are many other great daytime attractions and themed activities in Los Angeles that … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and Los Angeles are the forerunners. Southern California’s relaxing beach town vibe is just the kind of … [Read more...]