Los Angeles: packed full of family fun

 Moms and dads on the lookout for family holiday destinations back in the US might want to consider Los Angeles. This west-coast metropolis is a mecca for tourists and it is not hard to see why. It boasts plenty of impressive attractions that are ideal for youngsters and adults alike.

 Here’s a quick look at some of the family highlights of the City of Angels you can sample if you take those Los Angeles flights this year…

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I remember doing this as a kid!!

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 Universal Studios Hollywood is arguably the number-one attraction for kids and adults in LA. Featuring theme park rides, shows, a working movie studio, shops, restaurants and cinemas, this is an ideal setting for family bonding. Visitors can experience perhaps the world’s most intense 3-D experience in the form of the King Kong 360 3-D and they can learn some of the secrets behind the making of blockbuster films.

 To avoid the queues, families might want to get their hands on Front of Line Passes. These include all-day admission to the park and one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions. The passes also provide users with behind-the-scenes privileges at certain attractions.

 Los Angeles sightseeing tours are also a great family vacation activity. Holidaymakers can check out various highlights of the city while on these coach trips. For example, they can see Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where celebrities have left footprints and handprints. Travel down Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive, before tucking into tasty lunches at the LA Farmers’ Market. Spend the afternoon visiting Venice Beach or the quiet peninsula of Cabrillo.

 Families on longer vacations may want to have some time away from the hustle of city life and trips to the Grand Canyon can be ideal for this. One of the world’s seven natural wonders, this awe-inspiring geological formation can create memories that last a lifetime. The canyon is around two billion years old and it’s truly unimaginable in scale. Three-day excursions are available to Las Vegas and the canyon from LA.

 In fact, there are so many things to do with the kids here that running out of time for everything is a real danger. From sandcastles and kite-flying along the shore to the city’s extensive run of comic book stores, you certainly won’t have time to twiddle your thumbs on a visit to Los Angeles.

 This post is contributed by Lorriane Wilder

Lorraine Wilder writes on travel in the Americas, in between juggling life with her three kids and running her own business.

 

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Venice Boulevard Street Fair, LA by Brian Gurrola

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Universal City Walk, LA by Boris Dzhingarov

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