The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty Center

The Getty Center is a must-see attraction in LA. It’s an oasis of calm which sits high up on a hill with stunning views of Bel Air and downtown Los Angeles. It’s basically an art gallery and café and along with the Getty Villa in Malibu, the two sites form the Getty Museum. The modern art is impressive and there are several galleries in several buildings to see packed with European paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, decorative arts, and photographs.

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Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour, Los Angeles

Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour, Los Angeles

We think the Warner Brothers VIP Tour is the best genuine studio tour you can do. There are no roller-coasters or 3D screens, just the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at a genuine working movie studio. There’s loads to see but we found the most impressive thing of all is the chance to see the “back lots” where wooden fake streets are adapted for each movie scene they want to shoot there. When we visited, one back-lot street was being converted for the next movie which was fascinating to see.  

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Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign

Erected in 1923, the Hollywood Sign is one of those tourist attractions everyone wants to see, but it isn’t actually open to the public and you can’t actually get to it. Instead, you’ll have to settle for hiking on foot or in our case, we simply wanted a photo as close as we could get in a car. We think the closest place to get to in a car is Canyon Lake Drive which is near the Hollywood Reservoir.

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