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Top places to go during QU in LA

Photos and text by Ephemia Nicolakis '23, MS '24 April 21, 2022

Students hold QU flag in front of Hollywood sign

I just spent the past semester studying in Southern California as part of the amazing Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program. Here are the must-go spots for any student who spends a semester there.

Here are the top 10 places they recommend: 

Man looks over cliff with clouds in Malibu

Whether you want to take a day for the beach or hiking the mountains, Malibu is a drive you won’t want to miss!

Students walk across a bridge in LA

Use your Q card to get discounted tickets at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and experience 16 themed gardens across 130 acres!

View of San Diego beach and buildings

A short drive from Los Angeles, take the day to visit San Diego and see the crashing waves on the La Jolla Caves, and to hear the sea lions as they bathe in the sun.

The pixar pier in Disneyland in LA

Take your pick between Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park and hop on rides resembling fan-favorite Disney movies such as The Incredibles, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

Students use touchscreens at Warner Bros in LA

Take a tour of the Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood and experience sets for All American, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more in real-life! Explore their many interactive exhibits and see the technology behind how movies are made.

Two girls walking along beach in Santa Monica

Hop on the Ferris wheel, grab some ice cream, and enjoy the warm California sand on the Santa Monica Pier.

Students pose together in a villa in LA

Experience both the Getty Villa and the Getty Villa Museum to explore diverse art from numerous centuries.

View of galaxy observatory in LA

Explore outer space using telescopes and technology at the Griffith Observatory! Experience 60 exhibits and numerous shows to see the wonders of life outside Earth.

An egg sandwich from LA

Grand Central Market is a landmark stop in Downtown LA since 1917. Enjoy food, dessert and drinks from a number of delicious vendors.

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