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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Top Los Angeles Holiday Attractions

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This holiday season, give your family a one-of-a-kind gift that won’t soon be forgotten: a vacation in Hollywood! What better time than the season of magic and joy to visit the city that’s got a magic of its own. And while Los Angeles isn’t known for its white Christmases, the city of move magic is no stranger to creating picturesque scenes that will make you think you’ve been picked up and placed in another part of the world. This means can get the winter wonderland experience if you’d like, without the cold and the hassle! Spice up your trip with top Los Angeles attractions, and use the Smart Destinations’ Los Angeles Holiday Attractions package to get the biggest bang for your buck. All four attractions on this pass, the Dolby Theater Tour, Madam Tussauds Hollywood, the Hollywood Movie Stars Home Tour and the Redline Tour of Hollywood, are conveniently located along … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving

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No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to you. Heading to Gotham for T-Day? There are a plethora of New York Attractions that will expand on your Thanksgiving holiday the same way that gravy complements mashed potatoes. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, soar to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. - the Empire State … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Holiday Lights

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With winter months averaging in the balmy 70-degree range, the holiday months in Los Angeles offer an alternative to the typical image of pine trees and snow-covered hills. But don’t underestimate the power of holiday cheer in cohesion with the power of the sun’s rays – Californians know how to celebrate the holidays in style! Imagine strings of lights hugging warmly around exotic palm trees, the sun setting as you stroll down the jovially-adorned Santa Monica Pier, and the delightfully illuminated houses rivaling the gleam of the Hollywood sign above – a Los Angeles holiday is one you will never forget! So where can you see the most vibrant L.A. holiday light displays? Rodeo Drive:  While you may have passed this famous shopping street on the Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour, Rodeo Drive is worth revisiting once the sun goes down. Stroll past lavish shops with decadent … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Vegan Cuisine

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Voted by PETA as one of the top three vegan-friendly cities, Los Angeles is home to a wide selection of amazing vegetarian chain and niche restaurants with sensational reviews. The vegan/vegetarian market in the LA area has seen immense growth in recent years, creating Stella’s Best vegan ice cream, opening a vegan restaurant at LAX, offering vegan hot dogs at Dodger Stadium, and generating new vegan restaurants regularly - meaning there always almost always something new to try! As one of the top recommended plant-based chain restaurants, Real Foods Daily sports locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Pasadena. It’s a convenient place to stop after a visit to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, or a stop at the Hollywood Museum. Their menu hosts a variety of foods to suit any pallet. From the Kimchi Maki Roll to the Mediterranean Bowl, you’re biggest obstacle will be … [Read more...]