Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA (photo by William Biersack)

by William Biersack

After New York, the most populated city in the United States is Los Angeles, California. Famous for its sports teams, warm beaches, and its affinity for stardom, the city has become a destination for tourists on vacation and professionals looking to make it big.

For the college student looking to spend a few days in the City of Angels, it can be a daunting task to choose sites to visit. So, here are some places of interest that are definitely worth an airline’s layover in Phoenix.



Tourist Destinations:

  • Towering above L.A., The Hollywood Sign is one of the most well known landmarks that the city offers. Visitors aren’t allowed to get close to the sign, as any who try get turned away by around-the-clock security. Tourists should try to visit the public park located at 3000 Canyon Lake Drive; the view of both the Hollywood Sign and the city is impeccable.
  • The Hollywood Walk of Fame runs up and down fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The Walk features over 2,400 stars dedicated to actors, musicians, directors, groups, etc.
  • Located on Hollywood Boulevard, along the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been home to many movie premieres, including George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Visitors to the theatre can view screenings of current movies, as well as the hand prints of popular motion picture actors that have been cast into the concrete pavement outside.


  • Popular destinations among visitors to the L.A. area, especially those with children, include the theme parks in the local area. Of them are Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA, as well as Universal Studios in Hollywood.
  • On the South Slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.’s Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory is popularly known for being featured in two major sequences of James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause. The observatory is open to the public for no admission fee, exhibiting multiple space and science-related displays.
  • Adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier is a 100-year-old landmark that has been home to fine dining, entertainers, a carousel from the 1920’s, and for the most daring of tourists…a trapeze school.
  • The 3rd Street Promenade is an outdoor, upscale shopping and dining complex located in Downtown Santa Monica, a few blocks away from the Pier. The mild climate of the L.A. area, as well as the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, has made the Promenade a popular tourist attraction.
  • For the shopper with more refined tastes, Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills is a shopping district known for its designer label fashion, including Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and so much more.


  • Baja Fresh, a chain of fast-casual Tex Mex restaurants founded in California, has many locations in the L.A. area. When in between tourist spots and looking for a cost-effective, but good quality meal, Baja Fresh is an ideal choice.
  • Good quality diner food, as well as a blast from the past, can be found at Cafe 50’s. With two locations in L.A., one of which is adjacent to Los Angeles City College, Cafe 50’s successfully creates the environment and service that the name suggests.
  • Kabuki, a Japanese restaurant located in Hollywood, is a convenient location to visit after a long day of following the Walk of Fame. The amazing quality of their Japanese cuisine, coupled with their high energy and casual ambiance make this place a must-see if ever in Los Angeles.
Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, CA (photo by William Biersack)
Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory of Los Angeles (photo by William Biersack)