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Things To Do When Visitng Los Angeles For The First Time

Updated on February 24, 2018

The Griddle Cafe

If you like pancakes, chili or breakfast food, The Griddle Café is a must. They have some of the largest and delicious pancakes you will ever have. The Griddle Café is known for not only its Red Velvet Pancakes but also for adding items like Oreos, pumpkin pie filling and espresso to their pancakes. A few of the other items on their menu include Cheesecake French Toast, Apple Cobbler French Toast and a Baked Potato Omelette. The Griddle Café is a wonderful place to eat but is located next to the Directors Guild of America it tends to be very popular. The Griddle Café is only open for breakfast and lunch so if you’re going to go make sure you get there earlier in the day.

Hollywood and Highland

Johnny Depp's hand and Foot prints
Johnny Depp's hand and Foot prints | Source
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Hollywood Wax Museum
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Hollywood Wax Museum | Source
Harrison Ford from the Hollywood Wat Museum
Harrison Ford from the Hollywood Wat Museum | Source
Hellboy from the Hollywood Wax Museum
Hellboy from the Hollywood Wax Museum | Source

Hollywood and Highland

Known as one of the most famous intersections in the world, Hollywood and Highland is home to many of Los Angeles staples. Besides having an outdoor mall, Hollywood and Highland also includes the Dolby Theater where countless award shows, such as the Academy Awards, the BET Awards and the ESPY’s are housed and many celebrities like Eddie Izzard, Celine Dion, and Prince have performed there. Hollywood and Highland is also in the middle of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has an information booth where you can ask where a celebrity’s star is. You can enjoy a film at one of three theaters in the area, The Egyptian, Disney’s El Capitan, and The TCL Chinese Theater, or see your favorite actors hand and foot prints in front of the TCL Chinese Theater. Hollywood and Highland is full of companies that offer to show you the location of many celebrity homes as well as provide you with a tour of the city. Near Hollywood and Highland there are several museums including Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Guinness Book of World Records and the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Television Show Audience Member

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Television Show Audience Member

With Los Angeles being one of the entertainment capitols of the world, television shows are always in need of an audience. Most of them use their show’s website to register audience members. Tapings usually only take a few hours but if you decide to be an audience member for an award show it will take up most if not all of your day. A lot of the series that need live audience members just offer you a chance to see the show live and maybe be on camera. However, some shows will actually pay you for your time and sometimes give you free gifts, for example a copy of a book that just came out.

Knott's Berry Farm

The Peanuts Gang Preforming at Knott's Berry Farm
The Peanuts Gang Preforming at Knott's Berry Farm | Source
A Saloon Show at Knott's Berry Farm
A Saloon Show at Knott's Berry Farm | Source

Knott's Berry Farm

Known for being America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm is a fun place for people of all ages. They have everything from family friendly shows to crazy roller coasters. Snoopy alike and the Peanuts gang will entertain parents and children as they sing and dance during their various shows. Knott’s Berry Farm has attractions ranging from a Ferris wheel to the Boomerang, which turns you upside down six times in less than a minute before sending you backwards through the ride. At night in the fall, Knott’s Berry Farm, transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm. This Halloween themed spectacular is filled with some of the most terrifying mazes in the Los Angeles Area. Besides shows and coasters, Knott’s Berry Farm is known for their Boysenberry treats (candies, pies, punch, jam, etc.) and Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken dinner. Lines to eat at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant can be over 90 minutes so it’s best if you head there the moment you start feeling hungry.

Los Angeles

Captain Jack Sparrow from the Hollywood Wax Museum
Captain Jack Sparrow from the Hollywood Wax Museum | Source
Anthony Hopkins star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Anthony Hopkins star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame | Source
Knott's Berry Farm from above.
Knott's Berry Farm from above. | Source
Knott's Berry Fram
Knott's Berry Fram | Source
The piano player at Disney's El Capitan Theater
The piano player at Disney's El Capitan Theater | Source

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier as seen from the beach
The Santa Monica Pier as seen from the beach | Source
The beach at the Santa Monica Pier
The beach at the Santa Monica Pier | Source

Santa Monica Pier

Since becoming America’s first concrete pier in the United States in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier has been considered not only of the best fishing spots in Los Angeles but a great place for everyone to visit. The Santa Monica Pier houses a bit of everything from restaurants and bars to, roller coasters, a historic carousel, Ferris wheel and an aquarium. During the summer, the pier houses live bands and plays classic movies for everyone to enjoy. If you want to get closer to the water there are bike rentals and beach shops. For the more adventurous the Santa Monica Pier also houses a trapeze school, where you can fly high above the pier. The Santa Monica Pier is also the location of the end on the Historic Route 66 and there is a small shop dedicated to the legend of this route. The Santa Monica Pier is next to the Third Street Promenade, which is a great outdoor mall for those who loves to shop.

Amoeba Music

For all those music buffs out there, Amoeba Music is the place to go. Amoeba Music is the largest independent record store in the United States. There you can find anything from the latest CDs and Vinyls to cassettes and 45 records you haven’t seen in years. Amoeba Music also houses a large collection of Blue-Rays and DVDs if you are missing something from your collection. Every month Amoeba Music has live bands perform on stage in the store. Artists like Ellie Goulding, Amanda Palmer and Los Lobos have performed at Amoeba Music.

Runyon Canyon

The view from Runyon Canyon
The view from Runyon Canyon | Source
Heading to the top of Runyon Canyon
Heading to the top of Runyon Canyon | Source
The View from the top of Runyon Canyon
The View from the top of Runyon Canyon | Source

Runyon Canyon Map

Runyon Canyon Park

If you hiking is your thing, Runyon Canyon Park is 160-acres of heaven. Featuring some of the most awe-inspiring views of Los Angeles and the occasional celebrity sighting, making Runyon Canyon an amazing way to start or end a trip. The park has hiking trails for those of almost every skill level from beginner to avid hiker. Runyon Canyon is also a dog park so if you have a furry four-legged friend you can bring them along as well. For those looking for a more relaxing time at Runyon Canyon, the park does offer a free yoga class that allows you to unwind and take in the sights of the city.

The Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles as seen from the Griffith Observatory at night.
Los Angeles as seen from the Griffith Observatory at night. | Source
The main entrance to the Griffith Observatory.
The main entrance to the Griffith Observatory. | Source

The Griffith Observatory

Home to stunning views of Los Angeles at night, the Griffith Observatory is an amazing place to visit. It doesn’t matter if you love astronomy or just want to take in the sights, the Griffith Observatory is a great place to spend at least a few hours. Occasionally astronomers will bring out meteors that have landed around Los Angeles for guests to hold and takes pictures with. For movies buffs, the Griffith Observatory has been in many films over the years. Ranging from James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” to “Queen of the Damned” and “Who Framed Roget Rabbit.”

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