Los Angeles, the most populous county in the United States, s a major economic, financial, cultural and technological center in California. Many big-name corporations are headquartered in Los Angeles, and as a sea port and trading center, it plays a significant role in the United States’ economy. However, this facet of Los Angeles is not what makes it famous all over the world. What makes L.A. a popular tourist destination is the fact that Hollywood is in L.A. People come to Los Angeles to be star-struck, to rub elbows with celebrities, to be entertained, to be amused and to have fun.
There are many places where people can have fun in Los Angeles, and here are four of them.
Venice Beach is an oceanfront town that is greatly noted for its atmosphere of counterculture. The name “Venice Beach” both refers to the beach and the surrounding neighborhood. Venice Beach is not exactly an ideal place to go swimming but it is a great spot for surfing and the waves of Venice Beach are magnets for surfers.
The views of the Pacific Ocean from the Boardwalk is simply awesome; the Boardwalk runs parallel to the beach and it is a great place to spend an afternoon watching people. Skateboarding is also a popular pastime on the promenade of Venice Beach.
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Santa Monica Pier
Another place to enjoy the seaside in Los Angeles is Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Pier is famous for its old-school amusement park, with its rollercoaster, carousel, kiddie rides and Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel of the Santa Monica Pier is a landmark in itself in the city. Anglers casting their lines are a common sight on the Santa Monica Pier. On some nights of the week, free film showings are held at the Santa Monica Pier, especially when the weather allows it.
The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon dining on affordable designer snacks, watching people and contemplating the Pacific Ocean.
The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is an amusement Mecca on that corner of California. This park blends the original Walt Disney theme park concept with the newly developed California Adventure theme. The Disneyland Resort has nine themed lands with rides that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, and even by adults. Even though the place is vast, the place can get really crowded, especially in summer. It takes around four days to fully enjoy the Disneyland Resort, and even adults who think themselves too old to enjoy rides will find some fun shopping and antique spotting in the park.
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Universal Studios Hollywood is the first and the oldest of all the theme parks owned by the Universal Studios. It features rides across a very much active studio backlot. The park is divided into two areas – the Upper Lot, which is the biggest area in the park and which has the most rides; and the Lower Lot, the area with the more adventurous rides. These rides have their own theme based on the films that the Universal Studios have produced over the years.