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Top 22 attractions to explore in Los Angeles County

Most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2018. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion.

Attractions in Los Angeles County

Aquarium of the Pacific100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits ranging in size and capacity from about 5,000 to 350,000 gallons. Exhibits introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region. .

Autry Museum of the American WestGriffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Dedicated to exploring an inclusive history of the American West. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach.

Bradbury Building304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

An architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1893, the five-story office building is best known for its extraordinary skylit atrium of access walkways, stairs and elevators, and their ornate ironwork.

Griffith Observatory2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory offers a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935.

Hammer Museum10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA

An art museum and cultural center known for its artist-centric and progressive array of exhibitions and public programs. Particularly important among the museum's critically acclaimed exhibitions are presentations of both historically over-looked and emerging contemporary artists.

Hollywood SignLos Angeles, CA 90068, USA

American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood. "HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 45-foot (13.7 m) tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long. Visitors can hike to the sign.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

Largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually. It holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.

Los Angeles Zoo5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

A 133-acre (54 ha) zoo founded in 1966. Major attractions include botanical gardens, Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, Gorilla Reserve, and Elephants.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

Largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history.

Petersen Automotive Museum6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

One of the world's largest automotive museums with over 100 vehicles on display in its 25 galleries. The remaining half of the collection is kept in a vault, located on the basement level of the building. Age restrictions and an admission premium are in effect to view the vault collection.

Runyon Canyon Park2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA

60-acre (65 ha) park with numerous hiking trails. Because of its proximity to residential areas of Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills, celebrity sightings are common here.

Largest urban national park in the United States and the world. It preserves one of the best examples of a Mediterranean climate ecosystem in the world. It also protects one of the highest densities of archaeological resources in any mountain range in the world.

Santa Monica Pier200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

Large double-jointed pier containing a small amusement park, concession stands, and areas for views and fishing.

The Broad221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

A contemporary art museum with free general admission to its permanent collection galleries. Houses a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists.

The Getty1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA

Well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and photographs from the 1830s through present day from all over the world. The Museum's collection includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens.

Collections-based educational and research institution. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acres (49 ha) of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the "Japanese Garden", the "Desert Garden", and the "Chinese Garden".

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

A group of tar pits from where asphalt has seeped up from the ground for tens of thousands of years. Over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of trapped animals. The Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there.

Travel Town Museum5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

A railway museum focusing on the history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s, with an emphasis on railroading in Southern California and the Los Angeles area.

Universal Studios Hollywood100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA

A film studio and theme park. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use and is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world.

Walk Of Fame6901 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

Comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of musicians, actors, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others.

Map of attractions in Los Angeles County