Los Angeles & Anahiem Attractions
Los Angeles Zoo
View a collection of 1,200 animals from around the world. With flowing grounds, and idyllic Southern California weather, the Los Angeles Zoo is the perfect LA getaway. The Ahmanson Koala Housemade the Los Angeles Zoo the only zoo in the world to exhibit these nocturnal animals in a darkened setting. Visit the African lions and the infant pangolins, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The Zoo also has an Animal Encounters program that encourages interaction between visiting kids and residents of this wild kingdom. The Botanical Gardens is home to many plants,trees, and locals birds. Located on the northwest corner of Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 6 p.m. from July 1 through Labor Day. Visit www.lazoo.org.
Experience the splendor, pageantry and romance of the Middle Ages at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Feel the thunder of hooves, the shattering of lances, the clash of swords and the ringing axes as knights engage in combat for the title of champion. You will enjoy an exceptional royal feast as you witness the chivalry and horsemanship of the Medieval days in this magnificent setting. Visit www.medievaltimes.com.
Movieland Wax Museum/Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
Located in Buena Park, California, Movieland Wax Museum is the most unique House of Wax and one of the world's largest wax museums. The museum features 10,000 square feet of strange and unusual activities and artifacts, some which are unavailable anywhere else in the world. For more information, visit www.movielandwaxmuseum.com.
This old-school amusement park is small but its spectacular location on the Santa Monica Pier along the ocean makes it worth a visit. There's a rickety roller coaster and a slew of arcade games, and the park's perch allows it to feature the best view in Los Angeles - from the top of its tall Ferris Wheel riders can see up and down the beautiful Pacific Coast. For those seeking lunch or dinner, The Lobster at the top of the pier serves delicious seafood. For more information, call (866) 488-4858.
An elegant floating city, the Queen Mary (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is one of the most famous ships in history. Queen Mary offers 80,000 square feet of space in 14 remarkable salons, each decorated with warm wood paneling, a tri-level Exhibit Hall original paintings and large murals, brass and nickel-silver fixtures, and etched leaded glass accents, Paranormal researcher Peter James presents an exciting dinner and Ghost Tour to paranormal hot spots. Visit www.queenmary.com.
Raging Waters, California's largest waterpark - ranked #3 by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US Water Parks - features 50 beautifully landscaped acres and 36 slides and attractions, plus a sand beach. Experience the new Dragon's Den, a breathtaking two-person bowl slide that offers maximum thrills and cutting-edge slide design and technology. Twist down the 10-story High Extreme, float down the ¼ mile Amazon River or relax in the huge Wave Pool. Younger guests will never tire of Kids' Kingdom and Splash Island. Visit www.ragingwaters.com.
Rodeo Drive/The Golden Triangle
The so-called Golden Triangle holds more wealth and fine stores than small countries. At its center is the renowned Rodeo Drive, the street on which Julia Roberts had her shopping spree in "Pretty Woman." It is the street that sports designer stores such as Tiffany's, Cartier, Chanel, Bally, Gucci and other well-heeled notables. On nearby Wilshire Blvd., there is Niketown, Barneys, and the "Winona" Saks Fifth Avenue.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Constructed in 1921 to host the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl is famous for its sight line-enhancing elliptical shape and large seating capacity - now at 92,542. Known for the New Year's Day football game, the Rose Bowl has hosted five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1994 Men's World Cup, and the 1999 Women's World Cup, and is home to UCLA football, Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, Fourth of July celebrations, concerts and the world's largest flea market. See 100 varieties of rose bushes situated between the stadium and the fence. The Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day feature an exciting match between championship collegiate football teams. Visit www.rosebowlstadium.com.
Go below the surface, above the waves and beyond your expectations at SeaWorld San Diego. Meet animals up close, see wondrous creatures, and challenge yourself to games of skill and physical feats. From captivating views of SeaWorld to splashing adventures, SeaWorld rides offer excitement and wonder. From a spine-tingling 4-D movie to an electrifying performance of highflying dolphins to Shamu, SeaWorld's spectacular shows will amaze. The Behind-The-Scenes Tour is an unforgettable experience to discover the real SeaWorld. Visit www.seaworld.com.
South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza is an exclusive shopping center resort andone of the largest shopping centers in the country. Located in beautiful Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza features 322 stores - major department stores, such as Macy’s and Nortsrom, and well-known designer stores and boutiques - restaurants and events and exhibits. New additions include Ralph Lauren, New Balance and Barneys New York. South Coast Plaza offers a multitude of unique dining options throughout the Center. Visit www.south-coast-plaza.com.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Harbor
This Southern California theme park features exciting thrill rides, world-class entertainment, shows, concerts, family adventure and the largest collection of extreme coasters on the planet. The DejaVu coaster encourages a stress-relieving scream, and X, the latest in stomach-churning coasters, features 360-degree rotating seats. Sweet 16 is Southern California's first floorless coaster. A ride on Scream simulates racing through the air in a flying chair, and the Batman ride is a thrill.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Enjoy a family water park with aquatic rides and slides for those hot summer days. Hurrican Harbor features: Taboo Tower's three thrilling body speed slides, three twisting and turning open tube slides at Arrowhead Splashdown, Tiki Falls' two dark slides and one translucent tube slide, Castaway Cove, an exclusive children's water play kingdom, Shipwreck Shores, which offers water activities for the entire family, the Forgotten Sea wave pool, and The River Cruise on the Lazy River. Visit www.sixflags.com.
SpeedZone, a park built around speed and competition, incorporates real racing action, indoor interactive entertainment and great food to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Situated on approximately 12 acres of land in Los Angeles, the park offers guests a chance to get behind the wheel of four types of cars, including custom-built, ¾-scale grand prix cars and 18-foot-long, 300-horsepower dragsters racing on tracks designed by top racing industry experts. For more information, visit www.speedzone.com.
The Staples Center is downtown Los Angeles’ spectacular, big-league sports and entertainment arena. Staples Center is home to the hockey Kings, the basketball Lakers and Clippers, the Sparks and the Avengers professional sports teams. The Staples Center also hosts entertainment shows, concerts and events, and features an array of top musical concerts, pre-season events, competitions and athletic events. Enjoy great entertainment and food - from hot dogs to lobster - at the Staples Center Arena Club. Visit www.staplescenter.com.
Sunset Blvd./Sunset Plaza
Eurotrash, tourists, and celebrities populate this chi-chi stretch of Sunset Blvd. that is dotted with outdoor cafes and boutiques. Many of the top boutiques, such as Madison and Anna Sui can be found here, as well as new kids on the block, like O, which features Ann Cherico's stunning accessories. Or just grab a seat at one of the many European cafes and let your eyes focus on all the beautiful people. Nearby at the hip Standard hotel, you can get low-cost, cutting-¬edge salon services.
Wineries of Temecula Valley
Visit Southern California's finest wine producing area, the Temecula Valley, where fifteen wineries welcome you to taste their award-winning wines. Enjoy a bottle of your favorite Temecula Valley wine while you savor the panoramic views of vineyard and countryside from one of the scenic picnic areas. Visit www.temeculawines.org.
Universal Studios Hollywood/City Walk
The magic of the movies comes to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, a Los Angeles theme park and working Hollywood Studio. Enjoy all the thrills, magic, stunts and special effects when you take part in your favorite blockbuster movies. Experience the glamour, action and entertainment of Hollywood at the world's largest movie studio and theme park. Finish your day with LA's coolest restaurants, clubs and fun at Universal CityWalk. Visit www.universalstudios.com.