The question visitors to Los Angeles should pose, is not “what is there to do in Los Angeles?” but “what to do first?” The list of fun things to see and do in the City of Angels is inexhaustible. Topping the list and not surprisingly so, are Disneyland and Hollywood. Both are spectacular, but there is so much more to Los Angeles than the glitter and glitz of Hollywood and the enchantment of Disneyland. Regardless, any visit to Los Angeles would be lacking without a trip to either.
One of the best tourist attractions in the Los Angeles Area is not man-made and is sixty to ninety minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport. Travelers can step off the plane, hop in a rental car or take public transportation to hit the beach, before heading to their hotel or final destination. Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Redondo and Hermosa Beaches are not that far from LAX. Though these five are not the closest beaches, they are however, the easiest for tourists to access from the airport and should be the first choice for brave souls who might consider taking a jaunt to the beach between planes. Given the infamous Los Angeles traffic, tourists should take time and traffic into consideration before heading out to the beach, even during a long layover.
One of the most famous Los Angles beaches is Santa Monica. Santa Monica Beach combines the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Amusement Park for the kind of tourist experience we’ve all seen in the movies. Santa Monica has been the backdrop of many, many movies and was the stomping ground for movie stars like Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and Jane Fonda. James Dean was also shot there in the movie, ”Rebel Without a Cause”. The pier opened in 1909.
A Santa Monica destination that is not as famous, but is well worth a visit, is Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Park. Visitors to the park will enjoy the semi-arid climate, which is in itself, unique. The coastal and mountain location combined with the middle latitude placement, defines the region’s climate as Mediterranean one of only five of this region type in the world. Hikers, mountain bikers, scenic and nature enthusiasts will be entertained by the parks vast and varied vistas.