When an Ultimate California Sports Vacation calls, it’s important to know how to make your trip to the West Coast a homerun! Los Angeles is a cultural, arts and sports hub that will put stars in the eyes of both sports fans and dutiful companions. Visitors have dozens of hot spots to visit throughout Los Angeles that will enhance a sports holiday. That means you’ll be staying busy if you love museums, parks, unique shops, glamorous estates and Hollywood landmarks. Are you ready to embrace the sport of travel during your upcoming Ultimate California Sports Vacation experience? Take a look at some landmarks to pad your itinerary!
1. Get to the Museum
While Hollywood tends to outshine the rest of the city’s cultural institutions, the fact is that Los Angeles is an epicenter of art and culture. Los Angeles is actually home to many of the best museums in the country. Make sure you’re seeing the exhibits at a bright spot like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to fit in an entire campus worth of attractions with a single visit. LACMA happens to share a beautiful park space with the famed La Brea Tar Pits.
2. See Hollywood’s Real Stars at the Griffith Observatory
Hiking the canyons in and around Griffith Park is really enough of a treat! However, something magical happens when you walk through the doors of the Griffith Observatory to visit the famed Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye. In addition to being the top place for star finding, the Griffith Observatory also offers unmatched views of Los Angeles that really let you know what the “City of Angels” looks like from heaven.
3. Tour the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Get in the epicenter of cinema history with a tour of this iconic museum that fuels the hearts of film buffs. The museum is stocked full of memorabilia and priceless treasures from film history. This also happens to be the only place on the planet where you can hold an Oscar in your hands!
4. Experience Quintessential Los Angeles at the Getty Center
It’s impossible to untangle everything that the Getty Center represents about the Los Angeles experience. This stunning mansion on a hill offers some of the best views of the city in existence. Visitors can stroll through an amazing garden before stepping inside to view an unmatched collection of works featuring pieces from Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and many more.
5. Follow in the Steps of Greatness at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
You can’t come all the way to Los Angeles without following the gilded trail known as the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Featuring more than 2,600 of the biggest names of screen ad stage, the Hollywood Walk of Fame covers 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard before overflowing into three blocks of Vine Street. Make sure your tour of the names includes a stop in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre to see the famous handprints and footprints in the cement!
6. Get Back to Basics at the Natural History Museum
While Los Angeles may be known as a superficial city, the Natural History Museum brings it all back to the basics! This comprehensive museum examines the history and development of the Los Angeles region dating from the lives of its indigenous inhabitants to today. You’ll recognize the 63-foot fin-whale skeleton in the entrance from many movies and television shows!
7. Skate Around Venice Beach
Is there anything better than a West Coast beach? You haven’t lived the true Southern California experience until you’ve played around at Venice Beach. Known as the “bohemian” center of the city, Venice Beach is home to a world-famous boardwalk that attracts both beach bums and eccentrics alike! This continues to be one of the best places in the city for “people watching.” Consider renting a bike or some rollerblades to cruise down the boardwalk taking in sunny vibes. Don’t forget to duck away from the crowds for a bit to explore the silence and beauty of the famed Venice Canals.
8. Shop Like the Celebrities Shop on Rodeo Drive
An enduring feature of Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is home to one of the best collections of luxury shops in existence! There’s no need to have a Beverly Hills bank account to enjoy Rodeo Drive. Window shopping at Louis Vuitton and Prada is exciting enough! In addition, Rodeo Drive has the distinction of containing the only shopping mall in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
9. Consider an Excursion to Disneyland
While Hollywood may feel like its own playground, the fact of the matter is that a bigger, better playground awaits in nearby Anaheim, California. Anyone who travels a far distance can kill two vacation birds with one stone by finally checking Disney off their list while in California for a sports vacation. California’s Disneyland is home to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Avengers Campus.
10. Rev Your Engine at the Peterson Automotive Museum
Los Angeles is known for its fast cars! See the fastest of them all at your own pace at the famed Peterson Automotive Museum. This museum profiles the development of Southern California car culture. Guests enjoy up-close views of Hollywood vehicles, vintage cars and high-speed wonders.
11. See the City’s Underbelly at the Lea Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Animal remains found at Rancho La Brea inside present-day Hancock Park in 1875 still cause wonder today! Millions of fossils have been pulled from the bubbling pits in the 140 years since the discovery. Tour the black pit in all its glory before stepping inside to see preserved specimens inside the attraction’s museum.
12. Discover Ingenuity on Display at the California Science Museum
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly excursion during a big sports holiday in Los Angeles, the California Science Museum is the best pick. This museum is home to the true Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit. This is a great place to visit with a kid interested in space and flight!
13. Get Aquatinted With the Los Angeles Comedy Scene
Los Angeles is the launching point for thousands of comedy careers. Many of the comics we all know and love today earned their chops at clubs like the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store. You can catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s rising comedy stars by touring the city’s comedy clubs. Many big-name comics also show up for unannounced sets each night!
14. Shop Outdoors at the Grove
Anybody who is anybody in Los Angeles shops at the Grove! The Grove is a large outdoor marketplace offering fresh fruits and vegetables, food stalls, flowers, clothes, crafts and artisan items. The campus also offers more than 50 modern retailers. Established in 1934, the Grove is considered by many to be the best spot for shopping and dining in Los Angeles.
15. Chase Hollywood Magic on Mullholland Drive
Famous for being the setting of many Hollywood chase scenes, Mulholland Drive is a spectacular route that can be covered in its entirety in about an hour. The route is peppered with lookout spots offering some of the best views of the city. Mullholland is also home to some of the most beautiful estates in the city.
16. Explore Universes at Universal Studios Hollywood
How do you turn the best sports vacation into the best vacation of your life? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during your California getaway! Other highlights in the park include The Simpson’s Ride, Revenge of the Mummy and the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
17. See a Live Taping
Countless talk shows, sitcoms and variety shows offer seats for live tapings. However, this could take some planning. Search for tickets offered by studios that coincide with your travel dates to secure your spot ahead of time. You should know that most studios do not allow children to attend tapings.
18. Ride Your Bike Along the Strand
This is one of those hidden Los Angeles gems that most tourists won’t stumble upon on their own. The Strand actually refers to the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail that essentially traces all of Los Angeles. Cyclists can pick up the trail at Will Rogers State Beach before traveling down a scenic route to Torrance County Beach. You can also explore the trail by foot using pedestrian routes that dip into spots like Venice, Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica.
19. Take in the Sights at Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake shows off the trendy side of Los Angeles. This former reservoir is now an artsy, scenic public recreation spot full of gardens and fountains. It offers great views of downtown’s skyline.
20. Explore the Grounds of the Hollywood Bowl
Here’s a great idea for a picnic! Bring some lunch to the beautiful grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. While the Hollywood Bowl is famed for being one of the most iconic venues for live music in the world, it also houses 14 quaint picnic areas.
See the Best of Los Angeles During an Ultimate California Sports Vacation
While many people see Los Angeles the ordinary way, only a lucky few get to see Los Angeles through the eyes of a sports fan. The Ultimate California Sports Vacation lets you blend the worlds of sports and Hollywood for an experience that’s like nothing else on the planet! Get your game-day tickets and hotel accommodations squared away to have the freedom to pepper in all of the extras your heart desires while touring Los Angeles! Book your Ultimate California Sports Vacation today!