In my opinion here in Southern California, the best tourist attraction they have is Knott's. Could be because its somewhat of a hidden gem here. I know a lot of people would say disneyland, so what's everyone else's opinion that has been to SoCal or plans on visiting?
My favorite places are the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. You can easily spend the whole day at the Zoo. Both places are less crowded and the food is much better than Disneyland (yuk!).
Yea the San Diego Zoo is nice. Sadly its been over two years since I was last there.
D-Land, I feel, is just not worth it really. You get there, get crappy customer service and crappy everything else and on top of it all everything is too damn overpriced. Plus the lines... even with a fast pass you're waiting at least an hour or two depending on the rides popularity.
Catalina Island is the best! 23 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Catalina Express runs boats back and forth pretty much all day from several points on the mainland. It's another world over there - you'll love it!
I agree with Catalina. It's a great place to visit. I would go more often except that the Express is a little pricey, but then that helps keep the number of people down and gives Avalon it's island charm.
I've been there. Went to see a special exhibit on artifacts recovered from the Titanic. Interesting, but I wouldn't make a special trip just to tour the ship. Knott's is better, and Catalina is WAY better.....but then, you know I'm a little prejudiced toward Catalina.
I love Olvera Street.... well, mostly I love the food on Olvera Street!
I actually have written a couple pieces, and am still working on an entire series of guides to "The Real O.C." (you can see them on nickib.tumblr.com)...
But, hands down, I love Knott's. It has every element one could need for a great day out (fun rides, great atmosphere, interesting attractions/shows, good foods - especially funnel cakes and chicken dinners).
Everyone's comments are right on! Olvera Street and Knott's are great. Also, about three hours north of LA is Solvang, which is a neat place if you like Danish-type things. Pink's for hot dogs in LA is for celebrity watchers! The Block in Orange. Little Tokyo and Chinatown in downtown LA. Annual Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. Old Town San Diego...There are SO many places!
Knotts is doing well however the wax museum next door folded.
While you're in Buena Vista you HAVE TO check out both the "Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament" - and - "The Pirate Adventure Dinner".
I've been to both and they are extremely entertaining for the whole family.
Long Beach also has a great attraction, the Titanic sister ship the Queen Mary. They host late night spooky tours and fun events all the time. There is also a Russian Submarine parked right next to it that you can go inside of.