Los Angeles is one of those cities everyone needs to visit at least once in their lives. While one visit is not going to be enough time to see everything the LA region has to offer, spending several days in the City of Angels can prove to be a fun-filled adventure for just about anyone.

If the sprawl of Los Angeles seems overwhelming to the point where planning a trip seems daunting, use the following as a guide for ensuring the essentials were covered:

Sunset Boulevard

It would take a lifetime to truly enjoy all the things the 22-mile-long Sunset Boulevard has to offer, but first-time visitors can focus their attention on the section running through the city of West Hollywood known as the Sunset Strip. Packed with nightclubs, restaurants, interesting hotels and historic landmarks, the Sunset Strip and surrounding West Hollywood is the undisputed epicenter of LA culture.


Those with a deep appreciation for major motion pictures, network television, and/or popular music need to make the pilgrimage to Hollywood at some point in their lives. While modern-day Tinseltown is more of a museum dedicated to the history of show business rather than home to live sets, tours of Paramount Studios and the Capitol Records Building provide a sense for the region’s contributions to entertainment on a global scale.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles

Hungry yet? If so, make sure to grab something to eat at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, an iconic soul food restaurant chain with locations across the Greater Los Angeles area. As the name suggests, the restaurant’s signature dish combines the breakfast waffle and dinner fried chicken in one delicious meal.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Many people have the mentality that once you’ve been to one theme park, you’ve been to them all. These folks haven’t been to a Disney park yet, particularly the original Disneyland park built in the southern LA suburb of Anaheim and its sister park next door, Disney California Adventure. The attention to detail and design of the attractions – what the company refers to as Imagineering – stems from the innovative genius of Walt Disney himself. This approach to theme parks redefined the industry and laid the groundwork for Disney parks in Florida, France, Japan, and Shanghai.

Further Family Fun

The magical world of Disney isn’t the only family-friendly attraction in the Greater Los Angeles area. Anaheim itself is home to another popular amusement park, Knott’s Berry Farm, while Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain are situated on the opposite side of the LA regional map. Furthermore, smaller attractions such as Sky High Sports are scattered throughout the city, making it easy for families to keep the fun going.

In-N-Out Burger

Lastly, no trip to LA is complete without going to In-N-Out Burger and ordering a Double-Double, Animal Style. Or just stick with the more modest cheeseburger. Either way, the food is delicious and an iconic aspect of Los Angeles culture.

A city like Los Angeles is one which needs to be visited several times to truly enjoy. If first-time visitors focus on the must-see and do list, they have a whole city full of things still waiting to be explored. In either case, it’s going to be a great time.

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Donn Schlosser