2. Los Angeles

Having grown up in a suburb of Los Angeles, I’m definitely no stranger to the many fun attractions this city and its surrounding region have to offer. Kick back at Venice Beach, learn about ancient cultures at the J. Paul Getty Museum and enjoy viewing the night sky at the Griffith Observatory. Hoping to do a little star-gazing of another kind? Head to Hollywood to explore such well-known landmarks as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For theme park excitement, plan to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain.