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A Westside Los Angeles Weekend Getaway

If LA makes you think of beaches, surfing, and Hollywood, then the Westside is the place for you. West LA is known for its laid-back attitude (think Venice and Hermosa Beach) and as the home of many in "the industry" (think Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Bel-Air), as well as a spot for the hippest bars and fanciest nightclubs. Here, eight must-do's, -see's, and eat's when you're there for the weekend.
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2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
The trek to the HOLLYWOOD sign may be the most famous L.A. hike to outsiders, but if you're looking for downtown views, celebrity sightings, and a typical L.A.-style glamour hike (not necessarily strenuous, but very fashionable), the 3.3-mile...
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1040 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
West Hollywood is a must-see neighborhood for LA newbies. This place lights up at night, the heart of its streets lined with clubs and bars. The morning after a good night, you can find much of the population grabbing eggs, sandwiches, and mimosas...
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11311 Mississippi Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
The Sawtelle Blvd. area between the 10 and Santa Monica Blvd. is a great spot for boba milk tea, ramen, sushi, and cheap Asian treats. Blockheads Shavery serves up snow cream, a melty, creamy cross between ice cream and Hawaiian shaved ice.
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1315 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
Rent a wetsuit (contrary to SoCal lore, the water is kind of cold) and a board and hit the waves of Hermosa Beach, which tend to be some of the best in the LA area. Or, if surfing's not your thing, buy or rent a cheap body board and ride into...
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10889 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
When 800 Degrees Pizzeria opened in the neighborhood of Westwood, there was a line out the door for days. Since then, the build-your-own-pizza place has expanded to other L.A. locations in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown, Playa Vista, and LAX,...
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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Crowning any one location as having the “best view in L.A.” would be controversial, but the Getty Center is certainly a contender. The anticipation that builds upon approach to the arts and cultural center—up a driveway to park,...
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1600 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
The Hollywood Farmer's Market spans several blocks, and is known for its buskers, as well as its vast variety of specialty foods, including vegan ice cream and organic everything. Nibble on free samples or buy your whole lunch (and dessert, too!)....
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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
The Pacific Ocean is a force that calls to some to jump in and join the dolphins that frequent its waters. Temperatures are warmest in August and September, but wet suits are available to rent year-round. Go surfing or take a stand-up...