5 recommendations from a columnist’s trip to Los Angeles

Kevin Mensah and Kevin Mensah

Over spring break I had the opportunity to visit a city that I had been longing to see since I was a kid. Here is list of some of the things I did and would recommend to anyone traveling to L.A.

 

Griffith Observatory

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The Griffith Observatory is one of the most popular attractions in L.A. Located just south of the Hollywood sign, this attraction is one of the best vantage points of the famous Hollywood Sign and the “City of Angels.” The observatory is free and has a planetarium, an exhibition space and a functioning Tesla coil.

 

Rodeo Drive

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Located in the heart of Beverly Hills is Rodeo Drive. It’s one of the most famous streets in the world, known for renowned stores and hotels. The drive is filled with well-known brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Balenciaga and more. Although it is free to walk around, be prepared to spend serious money if you plan on shopping here.

 

Urban Lights

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One of the most popular public art pieces is located right outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This piece of art was installed 11 years ago and has been a symbol for the city of Los Angeles ever since.

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse and Bruce Lee all have one thing in common: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching throughout Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame is an internationally recognized Hollywood icon and another main attraction. While walking through, you may stumble across multiple places such as Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, Guinness World Record museum and more.

 

Venice Beach

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After exploring all of the previous attractions, spend a day in Venice. It has a little something for everybody. You can add some graffiti to the graffiti wall, skateboard in the skatepark or pump some iron at Muscle Beach. Right outside of the beach you can explore the Venice Canals Historic District, modeled after the canals in Venice, Italy.