Spending the Christmas/Hanukah/New Year's holidays in southern California? We'll spare you the jokes about singing White Christmas. Although Southern California is a great place to sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, songs about dreidels, and Auld Lange Syne, there are a number of wonderful holiday events that can't be found anywhere else.
Here are our top suggestions for things to see and do.
Out of the many Attractions/Things to Do in Los Angeles , the Hollywood sign is one of the most well-known sites in America. This poses the question: How close can one get to the famous sign?
The sign was first constructed in 1923 and originally said "Hollywoodland". It has since been torn down and rebuilt and it now just says "Hollywood". Sitting on the top of the hill in Los Angeles, it is on Mt Lee. Unfortunately, it is illegal to put any hands on the sign but standing close is still permitted for you to get the opportunity to shoot your best selfie.
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!
If you would like to see these animals and more, then spend a few fun-filled hours at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
It spans 113 acres and offers much to see and do including:
Hippo Encounter Tour - This exciting experience offers a behind-the-scenes meeting with the zoo's hippos, Mara and Rosie. You'll learn about their eating habits, daily care, and training. The Hippo Encounter Tour is available on weekends and holidays.
Animals and You Program - The Animals and You Program allows guests to get up-close with a variety of animals. They include African Desert Hedgehogs, Cayuga Ducks, San Diego Gophers, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and Inland Bearded Dragons.
The Manhattan Beach Pier is an excellent attraction for people to visit when they are in Manhattan Beach, California. The pier is just over 900 feet long and is situated at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
At the end of the pier, the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is situated. This area is open to the public and includes a number of fantastic sea life to view. For example, you will find sharks, lobsters and many other brightly colored sea animals when you visit this aquarium.
Along with the aquarium, the views are a fantastic reason to visit the pier as well. This is one reason that the pier is so popular among artists and photographers. It is on this pier that you can capture some of the most beautiful images of the Pacific Ocean. You can also catch a glimpse of the surfers that frequent the area beyond the pier.
There's certainly no shortage of attractions and things to do in Los Angeles, from places like Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland to science centers and iconic Hollywood destinations. There are hundreds of reasons to visit Los Angeles; here are just three of them.
The Getty Center is a prime destination for art lovers of all mediums. Their permanent J. Paul Getty collection includes illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, sculpture, pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, photography and more. You'll also find 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures installed throughout the grounds and integrated masterfully with the environment.
A California vacation wouldn't be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood; its many exciting day-through-night attractions and events illustrate why it's called "The Entertainment Capital of L.A."
The many movie-based attractions of the theme park take you on thrilling rides and let you go behind the scenes of movie studios in both live and 3D shows of some Hollywood favorites. Get totally immersed in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you delve into the mysteries of Hogwarts, explore and sample fare from Hogsmeade and much more. Thrill to an intense 3D experience with King Kong, then enjoy a trip through The Simpsons' world with a visit to downtown Springfield and Krustyland, and savor typical Simpson burger, beer and donut cuisine at places like Moe's Tavern and Duff Beer Gardens.