Even though I've lived in L.A. for over a year now, there's still so many places that I've only recently visited or not paid much attention to up until now.
Following the delights of The Hollywood Sign, Urban Light sculpture at LACMA, The Griffith Observatory, The Capitol Records Building and The Pacific Design Center yesterday, here's my second installment of L.A.'s fifteen must-see landmarks and places to visit...
Mann's Chinese Theatre
Also known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, you'll find this piece of Hollywood lore, on Hollywood Boulevard, near the Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are now held each year (in fact Mann's Theatre acted as the venue for the Oscars from 1944 to 1947).
The exterior of the theatre is meant to resemble a giant red Chinese pagoda and in its forecourt you'll find almost 200 handprints, footprints and autographs from Hollywood movie stars and celebrities, which this Hollywood monument is most famous for.
Mann's Chinese Theatre is also reknowned for being where sci-fi classic Star Wars had its premiere on 25th May 1977.
You'll find the Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This landmark movie theatre opened on the 7th November 1963 and is now part of my favourite cinema, ArcLight Hollywood, a division of Pacific Theatres.
The impressive Dome is made from 316 mostly hexagonal precast concrete panels and has an 88 foot (26m) side screen inside.
The Cinerama Dome entrance recently featured as a location in the L.A. based movie Frost/Nixon.
The Getty Center is in Brentwood, just off the 405 Freeway, and its amazing architectural design stands out like a beacon in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.
It's free to visit, although you'll need to pay a $10 parking fee per vehicle if you drive and is closed on Mondays.
In addition to the fantastic design of the buildings and the art exhibitions they house, there's also The Central Garden and Cactus Garden to enjoy.
My favourite part was the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden near the Tram Station at the entrance, which we almost missed on our way in. Make sure you take the time to wander through it.
Whilst you're browsing the exclusive shops of the infamous Rodeo Drive, be sure to make the time to have your photo taken in front of Beverly Hills Sign in the Beverly Gardens Park along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Personally I don't think you can truly enjoy Rodeo Drive unless you have oodles of cash, but it's nice to wander around the streets, lined with luxury brand names like Chanel, Prada, De Beers, Louis Vuitton and more, in the Californian sunshine.
You can smell when you've arrived at the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Blvd, as the pungent crude oil bubbles away under the scorching sun and taints the air. Kids especially will enjoy to see the replica Mammoths trapped in the sticky tar pool, Lake Pit, in Hancock Park.
Take advantage of 'free admission Tuesdays' to take a look around the Page Museum and the many Ice Age fossils it has on display.
So far that's ten things to visit if you're stuck for ideas or wondering what to see and do in Los Angeles.
Stick around folks, tomorrow it's the final five attractions that I recommend you visit in L.A...