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Top 10 Places To Visit In Los Angeles County

Updated on November 28, 2010

Planning a road trip or weekend get-away to the greater Los Angeles area?

Here are 10 favorite attractions to check out! I can vouch for all of them - they are well worth experiencing.

  1. The Griffith Observatory If you are into stargazing, this is the place to visit! There is no admission charge (except for the planetarium show) and the renovation left many of the classic exhibits intact.

2. Descanso Gardens  Located at the foot of Angeles Crest National Forest in La Canada, these gardens are the perfect retreat any time of the year. If you are into photo opportunities, this is a must-see place!

3. The Capitol Record Building

Built back in 1954, this landmark 13 story office buliding resembles a stack of records with a stylus on top. The Beatles, Beachboys, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, to name a few all recorded on this record label.

4. La Brea Tar Pits If you are a visitor from out of state, this is a must! I have not been there in years, but remember being in awe over the wooly mammoth, sabre-tooth tiger, and dire wolf fossils.

5. The Original Pantry Cafe Established in 1924, this place landmark restaurant never closes. Coffee is still $1.35 a cup and the waiters even look like they are from the 40's.

6. The Watts Towers Made from structural steel and mortor, these towers are amazing! A diverse mosaic of broken glass, sea shells, pottery and tile, they were built without machine equipment.

7.  Aquarium of the Pacific   If you love the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it, you will love Aquarium of the Pacific.  You can also hand-feed birds and touch sharks!

8. Gene Autry Museum

9.  Southwest Museum of the American Indian

10. Bob's Big Boy - Toluca Lake      The way to end a perfect day of local sightseeing is to stop at one of the southern California original Bob's.  You can still have car hop service and the burgers are still wonderful !


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    • profile image 7 years ago

      I like travelling very much,sometimes, I don't know where to go so I often browse some newspapers about Tourist attractions.Recently, I found a web site called Top10Places( is a great website.It can tell me where should I go to travel.I can Simply navigate to my destination.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      was in The Griffith Observatory a few months ago, make sure you watch the shows, hadn't seen anything like it.

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      Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Hi Rose~

      Thanks for reading and commenting! You won't be disappointed if you ever visit the Los Angeles area, I promise!

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      Rose Kolowinski 7 years ago

      The Griffith Observatory and the gardens would be on my list to visit. My two favorite hobbies - astronomy and nature photography! Thanks for the interesting list!

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thanks fastfreta! Feel free to add the link! Appreciate your readership and comments!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Hey I should have added those to my hub, on why I love So. Cal. Thanks for sharing. Good job.

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      jill of alltrades ( i love your name btw)

      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to me Hub! Let me know when and if you ever return and I will give you a personal tour!!

      All the best to you!

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Catlyn,

      I was in LA once but only for a brief stopover. I never got to tour the county at all. I hope I will be able to visit again one of these days.

      Thank you for pointing out these interesting places to visit.

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      James - You are welcome! I enjoyed your Hub on New York as well!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Interesting tour! Thank you for providing this delightful look at things to see in LA.