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Van Nuys is a city in northern LA County, separated from the city center by the Bel Air hills. It’s a quiet, residential neighborhood that’s perfectly located for dipping into the treats of LA without having to contend with the noise of its central districts.

Rent a car through Orbitz for day trips into LA, returning to Van Nuys to unwind in the tranquil grounds of the Sepulveda Basin. Here you’ll find a wildlife reserve, lakes, and a Japanese garden. You’ll need a car to navigate LA County, but it’ll also open up more remote regions, such as the canyons of Angeles National Forest.

Van Nuys and beyond: Top attractions nearby

Van Nuys is an ideal launching point for seeing some of the attractions in the north of Los Angeles, without having to navigate the city center. We’ve chosen three destinations that are just 20 minutes away in your rental car.

Universal City

Movie fans and thrill-seekers will have an exhilarating day in the grounds of Universal City. Take the famous studio back-lot tram tour to see behind the scenes of Universal’s most famous movies. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter immerses you in the magic of Hogwarts, while the Jurassic Park ride ends with a splash. Don’t miss the park’s amazing stunt shows.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo lies in the grounds of Griffith Park, one of the highlights of the City of Angels. It’s one of the best zoos in the state, with feedings and talks from the zookeepers, and a dazzling variety of animals. Meet marvelous mammals such as giraffes, giant anteaters, bears and bongos. The zoo also features a tranquil botanic garden, and a vintage carousel.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

The Getty Center

The Getty Center is one of the best cultural attractions in LA, a vast museum with giant collections set in an opulent villa, and an array of modernist buildings above the neighborhood of Brentwood. There’s a dizzying amount of masterpieces on display here, with works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Titian, Monet and more. Best of all, the history exhibits, art galleries and gardens are all free to enter.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles