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Arts District, Los Angeles, CA, USA
If you head just a bit farther east out of downtown LA, you will stumble upon an outdoor street art museum all over walls, garage doors, light poles, and pretty much any surface that will hold paint. Old industrial warehouses near the LA River and...
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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Los Angeles loves its food trucks, and they often travel in packs. Different neighborhoods host Food Truck nights on varying days of the week. These roving food peddlers also often post up outside office buildings for lunch or by LACMA during the...
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7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
From fancy to funky to sometimes downright fugly, Melrose Ave. is a shopping mecca for all tastes and budgets. While tourists flock to this famous strip to browse the shops, locals know to show up on Sundays for the landmark Melrose Trading...
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9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
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Like Five Guys in DC, Whataburger in Texas, and Shake Shack in NYC, In-N-Out is the West Coast burger joint for those in the know. It’s been a SoCal staple since it first opened in 1948 and has since developed a cult-like following...
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5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
The largest art museum in the western United States, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers permanent and rotating collections that span from ancient Egyptian objects to modern art like Claes Oldenburg's giant pool balls. It's...
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Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
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3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
K. C. Cole, a science writer for theLos Angeles Times, curates this occasional series of Sunday evening talks and conversations “dedicated to exploring the common ground of art, science, politics, and what not.” The venue, the Santa Monica Art...
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265 N Carolwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
This guy collected art. A lot of it. And he lived with it all -- Ed Ruscha in the bedroom, Clifford Still in the entrance, Francis Bacon in the atrium. The house holds 400 pieces of major works. The tours are small and interesting, if a bit rushed...
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441 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
As founder of Known Gallery and The Seventh Letter, Casey Zoltan is a driving force in the LA street art scene. He has exhibited top graffiti/street artists such as Retna, RISK, Push and my personal favorite, Reyes (whose unrestrained compositions...
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1116 Palms Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
If you find some extra time when in Venice, go east of Lincoln on Palm Blvd, and check out the Mosaic Tile House - you cannot miss it. An adorable artistic couple started a tiny project that turned into their lives work, and entire stucco home,...
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8 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
During an afternoon exploring the Venice Beach Area I was delighted at all the murals that were hiding around every corner. This urban art creates a public gallery of cement walls and encourages a closer look down alleys and around corners.
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250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
My editor, Julia Cosgrove and I hopped in her Mini last minute on a Friday and drove to La to check out amazing street art show at the Moca. Many of the artists we highlighted in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue were represented. The show was fantastic and...
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W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Los Angeles is a creative center and nothing illustrates it better than the graffiti, murals and outdoor art around the city.
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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Perched atop a stunning hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, this outpost of the J. Paul Getty Museum overlooks the vast cityscape of the greater Los Angeles area. Its exceptional contemporary architecture, wide array of pre-20th-century art,...
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Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Originally built in the 1920's this is an enchanting example of "Storybook" architecture located in the heart of Beverly Hills at Walden and Carmelita.
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203 Chautauqua Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
The Eames House, designed and inhabited by Ray and Charles Eames as part of Art & Architecture magazine’s 1940s-60s Case Study House Program, is a prime example of L.A.’s midcentury modern aesthetic. Nestled on the bluffs of the Pacific Palisades,...
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2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA
The Annenberg Foundation is a community-driven institution in Los Angeles and their Space for Photography in Century City focuses solely on the art and conversation of photography. Their ability to partner with top organizations such as National...
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465 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
From the first I Love Lucy episode to current cult favorites like Lost, the Paley Center’s archives include over 160,000 programs from seventy countries. Founded in 1975, the Paley Center has been dedicated to collecting, curating and discussing...
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604 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
"Hail Summer!" "Hail Venice" "Hell Yeah!" This annual celebration of summer brings out some of the most colorful characters in Venice Beach. At 12:30 on the day of the summer solstice, get dressed in your nautical best, head to Windward Avenue and...
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23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Barely one foot past the threshold of the Adamson House I was snapped out of my tile-induced reverie by a shrieking octogenarian docent who was horrified that I had defied Tour Rule Number 1—“Do not take any pictures inside the house!” My innocent...
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Point Dume, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Surprisingly enough, you can round the point at Point Dume and discover your own hidden nooks to spend the day. With cliffs at your back and a private beach with decent size waves in front of you, it's not a bad place for a picnic.
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
on a stretch of coastline between malibu and oxnard, i encountered a rare find: crashing waves, tide pools and rock formations reminiscent of the pacific northwest. the small, easy to overlook access to el matador beach keeps it quiet.
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2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Sitting near Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory has a vantage point that allows visitors great views of the HOLLYWOOD sign during the day, and even more fantastic views of the stars at night. The space has plenty...
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100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a must for families with children. They'll absolutely love the shark lagoon (you can even touch some of them!), the live feeding sessions, and all the other close encounters you can have with swimmers of the sea. The...
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517 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Who will you root for, the Lakers or the Clippers? Either way, this is your chance take in a game with the locals. Long Beach is just a ball toss away from the home of these NBA Teams. How to get there: The Long Beach Metro takes you right into ...
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500 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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The menu at this farm-to-table restaurant changes based on the season to best showcase the local bounty from nearby land and sea. The hottest spot in the house is on the patio where diners enjoy the delicious SoCal weather. This is a modern,...
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Port of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, USA
Some seals hanging out getting some sun!
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1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Known as the Grey Ghost during World War II, the Queen Mary is floating history. Built in Scotland, the ship's maiden voyage was from England to the West Coast of the United States. Over the course of its lifetime, the Queen Mary has played the...
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450 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The port at the Long Beach waterfront is more than 100 years old and well worth visiting. Take in views of the harbor and the epic Queen Mary by strolling through Shoreline Village. There are a multitude of restaurants to get your taste buds...
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300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The heart of downtown Long Beach can come across so business-like. But take a closer look, and you will start to see the whole creative and artistic spectrum of what this area has to offer. Complimenting Long Beach's Art District, the Convention...
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210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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This is real pizza. And by real, we mean “Italians do it with a fork and knife” real. Sit at the bar and watch these creators make your pizza. You'll find this hip pizza joint along the promenade. Craving modern outdoor seating with fire pits?...
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102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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Built more than 100 years ago, the historic building that now houses the newly designed Federal Bar has preserved its grandeur and rich bank-like ambiance. Locals come for the food and the happy hour (daily, 4:00–7:00 p.m.), but the opulent...
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1101 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Two of my favorite things: gourmet, delicious, expertly brewed coffee; and any British reference. They roast their beans right on the premises!
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2300 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814, USA
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Afternoon coffee break @ Portfolio Coffee House in Long Beach, CA
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2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Long Beach has a flourishing art community with an established foundation based within the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). Come for the art exhibits. Come for the ambiance and view. Come for the special events. Claire’s Restaurant, located within...
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2500 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Sometimes a city doesn't allow for much open space to run free, but Bluff Park is the ideal spot to get outside and sweat. Running for about one mile, it takes you from the Long Beach Museum of Art southward to 36th Place. Want to get down to the...
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25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
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The Belmont Brewing Co., with outside seating with ocean views in 3 directions, is a must for weekend brunch. Food is good, and locally brewed beer is fantastic and perfectly price. This picture is at the inside bar. My camera phone didn't pick up...
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5276 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
This store is so cozy you'll want to wrap yourself in a blanket and cuddle up with a warm cup of tea. This is the place to find the fantastically innovative and inspiring jewelry made by Jeanine Payer. Finely engraved quotes are the centerpieces...
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170 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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This whiskey bar may only be one year old, but it's well established in the fabric of Long Beach. Talk to Dexter at the bar, a native of the area, and he’ll fill you in on what's happening around town as well as on what's up-and-coming. The Stave...
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201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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The Congregation Ale House Chapter is a local favorite where you can have a proper confessional with your buddies inside or out on the covered patio. With dark wood accents and stained glass features, you may feel a little guilty for drinking in a...
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210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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Be forewarned, this isn’t your typical BBQ joint. All the meat is slow-smoked and dry-rubbed, and it’s well worth the extra wait. Enjoy the freedom of choice, and pick your own sauces to pour over your flavor-infused meal. Have you tried the Long...
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
Upon arrival try to snag the free daily garden tour! The gardens are divided into different ecosystems/themes such as the Australian Garden, Camellia Garden, Children's Garden, Chinese Garden, Desert Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden, Jungle...
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1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
Eaton Canyon has a great nature center if you want to learn about the local plants, animals, geology, and ecology. The exhibits and nature walks are kid-friendly. Hiking trails are also easily accessible from the nature center. The Eaton Canyon...
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Echo Mountain, California 91001, USA
Echo Mountain has a great deal to offer, from the switchback trail, which will give you a great workout on your way up the mountain (start early to avoid the blistering afternoon sun), to the views—on a clear day you can look out over Pasadena, ...
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4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Gamble House is an architectural gem. The glass-work of the front door, chandeliers, and dining room windows is mesmerizing, and the carved frieze in the Burmese teak living room is a decorative treasure. Each room showcases a different kind of...
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20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This sweet little shop is every travel-lover's dream. They have everything travel-related: city maps, hiking guides, travel narratives, language helps, luggage, easy-pack clothing and accessories, and more. The decor is fun, with vintage hotel...
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25 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
The Soap Kitchen is only a block away from bustling Colorado Blvd. in Old Pasadena, but take one step inside and you are transported to rolling fields of lavender, gardens of roses, and groves of eucalyptus trees. The essential oils, made from all...
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490 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Companion shows at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrate the styles that developed in California in the first half of the 20th century. The SBMA show (through June 16, 2013) focuses on plein air...
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695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The historic Vroman’s Bookstore opened in 1894 and is still a favorite with the locals. Beyond their large selection of books, they still have an old-school newsstand, an excellent café, and a gift shoppe with home décor, locally made cards, and...
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46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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The Pacific Asia Museum's collection includes art and artifacts from the Pacific Islands and Asia, and the museum offers free cell phone audio tours in multiple languages. The audio tour includes a curatorial tour, a family-friendly tour focusing...
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As the sun prepares to call it a day grab something tasty to roast, and head over to the Bolsa Chica State Beach fire pits. There aren't too many scenic beaches in Southern California that offer fire pits any more, so locals and visitors alike...
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12601 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Beneath the path of planes taking off from LAX is an oceanfront runway for beginner hang gliders to get some air of their own. Sign up for a full (seven flights for $140) or half lesson (four flights for $85) with Windsports, which has been...
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4129001902, Los Angeles, CA 90293, USA
Biking the boardwalk is the best way to experience the beaches and coastline of L.A. Rent a bike in the middle at Dockweiler Beach and either go the 10 miles north through Marina Del Rey, Venice, and the Santa Monica Pier (or keep going to Malibu)...
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13717 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Spend a day at the beach in Venice or Santa Monica and you are sure to see a bright yellow happy face floating across the blue sky. What you won’t see are the happy faces of those under it who are undoubtedly enjoying the serene experience of...
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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...
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6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
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Mt Baldy, CA 91759, USA
Whether sunshine or snow, a day at Mt. Baldy is a thrilling adventure above the clouds. At 10,068 feet the trek to the summit along cliff-hugging trails gets your adrenaline pumping. The best route is to tackle the steep 4.5 mile climb up the Ski...
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Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In Los Angeles, the cliché is that people drive one block to get a soda. But there are lots of staircases hidden in the hills of L.A. In Silver Lake, I like a two-and-a-half mile loop of stairs known as the Music Box. Parts remind me of...
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510 Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
I have been walking, running, meditating, laughing, and training for a marathon along this trail for years. A perfect balance of inclines and flatness with ocean views to captivate your soul even when you are begging to get down the mountain all...
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Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA
The 1.7 mile hike up the grueling Hermit Gulch Trail overlooks the Avalon harbor cradled between the evergreen shrubbed hills. You can make out the wakes of boats coming and going like airplane contrails in the ocean but you wouldn't expect the...
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10700 West Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce, CA 91350, USA
If you are ever driving on Highway 14 from Los Angeles to the Antelope Valley, don't forget to stop by this park and check out these amazing rock formations. If they look familiar, they have been in many sci-fi movies.
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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Santa Catalina Island, California 90704, USA
Catalina + wine + good conversations = lovely early summer evening
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453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
When the Last Bookstore debuted in 2005, the name was meant to be ironic. Now, in a world of Kindles and iPads, digital books (or at least digital bookstores) are the norm, and brick-and-mortar establishments such as the Last Bookstore are a dying...
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8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
It’s easy to miss the discreet sign for “Book Soup” after passing the more obvious marquees for Sunset Strip’s famous nightlife and entertainment destinations. This cozy, out-of-place bookshop feels endless as it lures you in and slows down time...