Sunny Los Angeles is a city of energy and dreams that attracts millions of tourists every year. It’s the place where, loved by millions of fans, Archibald Leach became the famous Cary Grant, and where Arnold Schwarzenegger worked his way from Muscle Beach to being the Governor of California.
Apart from the thousands of Hollywood names that you see on the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles is known for the endless sunshine, ocean views and a long list of places to visit and things to do. If you have already taken a photo of the famous Hollywood sign and popped into an In-N-Out Burger for lunch, here is a list of things to do this summer in the City of Angels.
Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour
Many visit Los Angeles in the hopes of catching a glimpse of their favourite A-list movie star, singer or TV show host. When you have exhausted all of the local landmarks, specialist Los Angeles Tour agencies offer opportunities for fans who would like to immerse themselves in the Hollywood world a bit more. For example, the Star Homes Tour lasts two hours and includes a lot of luxurious mansions and fine dining restaurants where it is likely you’ll catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two. Properties that belong to Oprah, Tom Cruise, the Osbournes and other A-list celebrities are all pointed out during the tour, as you travel through the world-famous areas of Hollywood like Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip and Bel-Air.
Visiting Little Tokyo
Looking for something whilst you are in Los Angeles? Your answer may be found in a district called Little Tokyo. A small piece of land in the middle of the big city hides many pages of Japanese American history. After visiting the Japanese American Historical Museum, a stroll along the busy streets will strike you with how authentically Japanese it looks. For an even more authentic Japanese experience, it’s worth popping into one of the local restaurants where traditional dishes like sushi and Shabu Shabu are made right in front of you.
This summer, the 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo competition will be held on the streets and will take place on Friday the 19th of July and Saturday the 20th. This two-day culinary experience will be accompanied by the annual sake tasting event. This will be its 13th annual running in Little Tokyo.
Those who love to shop will find a lot of interest in the Tokyo Japanese Outlet. No matter what you are looking for, whether it’s clothes, a stuffed Hello Kitty, or a Pikachu, you will be able to find it in Little Tokyo.
As well as being packed with culture, Los Angeles has plenty to keep sports fans occupied. For football fans, the Los Angeles Rams, who are currently ranked third favourite to win Super Bowl LIV, will begin their pre-season games in August. Basketball fans can watch the WNBA team—the Los Angeles Sparks take on several teams throughout August, including the Las Vegas Aces, Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm. All of these games will be played at the STAPLES Center.
If baseball is more your thing, then the Family Event at Dodger Stadium is for you. Held on the 3rd of August between 6pm and 9:30pm, fans will get to see the Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres. Meanwhile, soccer fans can catch the L.A. Galaxy take on Los Angeles Football Club at the Dignity Health Sports Park.
If you prefer wheels over balls, Monster Jam is for you. It promises action packed racing, donuts, wheelies and freestyle action from some of the greatest monster trucks ever made. Monster Jam is for all petrol heads that believe bigger is definitely better. You can catch it at the STAPLES Center.
Catch a Movie at an Outdoor Movie Theatre
Being the capital of American filmmaking, Hollywood has plenty of opportunity for movie fans to get their fix. Each summer, a unique outdoor movie theatre appears at Cinespia, located on the grounds of the Los Angeles cemetery. For native Angelenos, standing in line for hours to get into the overcrowded, spooky, outdoor cinemas is a rite of passage. If you’re from out of town, this is a great way to truly experience what it is really like to be from L.A.
This year, events will take place between July and August, with screenings of many genres of films, including: Point Break, Boyz n the Hood, Never Been Kissed and I Know What you Did Last Summer.
Do an Outdoor Gym Workout
You’ve seen it in the movies and video game depictions of Los Angeles, but this summer you can experience it for real. In Los Angeles, outdoor parks with work out facilities are free to use and are dotted throughout the city. For example, take advantage of the swings, ropes and rings in downtown Santa Monica. This outdoor beach gym features parallel bars, ring swings and uneven bars with versions for all ages. In addition to enjoying a great workout, you’ll be able to soak up the buzzing atmosphere and enjoy the beautiful view.
If cardio is more your thing, there are plenty of places to go running. For example, there are 199 concrete steps at the Santa Monica stairs, allowing you to practice your hill climbing. If flat ground is more your thing, then Balboa Park might be for you. With spectacular views and a flat, wide, dirt path, you can jog to your heart’s content.
Summer is one of the best times to visit Los Angeles. The electric atmosphere goes hand-in-hand with the beautiful beach, rolling Hollywood Hills, and glitz and glamour. A visit to L.A. at any time of year will give you the opportunity to spot the rich and famous, but the summer is when they spend more time outdoors. Even if celebrities are not your thing, there are plenty of other things you can do in Los Angeles. Whether you are a fitness fanatic seeking to work out in interesting places, a sports fan looking to catch an exciting game, or looking for something more unique, L.A. has got you covered.
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