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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Since 1901 (minus a few years here and there), Angel's Flight funicular railway has transported people up and down steep Bunker Hill in downtown L.A. At the top you'll find the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the...
3926 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
You wouldn’t know there was a store there unless you lived in the neighborhood, but the owner, Chris, has an amazing list of cheeses. I love his shop because he sells what he likes, not what people tell him is good. He’s also got an...
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
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...
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
At the intersection of Hyperion and Sunset is the heart of Silver Lake, the source of the pulse; Intelligentsia Coffee. Fueling the neighborhood with crafted cups of caffeine, Intelligentsia has become the east side center of community and...
1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
Living in Los Angeles means that when you have to go on the other side of town, it starts to feel like a roadtrip (if you are not pressed for time). So, anytime I have to leave the Santa Monica Beach and head to Silver Lake, I always stop at LA...
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...
225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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...
52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...
This beautiful place in Death Valley is on the way to the Mesquite Sand Dunes and it's called the Devil's corn field. Walking on it feels very strange as the sand is solidified at the surface. When you step on it makes in crack and it sounds and...
200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004, USA
If you don't want to hike out into the Anza Borrego desert, you can come here to walk though the landscaped gardens at the state park center and get an idea of the local environment. You have to check this place out anyway- this building is built...
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,...
3827 Sunset Blvd # D, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
Small batches of Gelato and Sorbetto are made fresh at Pazzo Gelato's two east side locations and burst with the zest of locally sourced ingredients. New flavor combinations are common with favorites including the Toasted Almond Fig, Sea Salt...
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
One of my favorite parks in L.A. is a deceptively massive hill just east of Hollywood. After the climb, enjoy amazing views, a free art museum, and even a tour of the Hollyhock House, a fascinating structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright right...
1727 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002, USA
The Watts Towers by Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker...
7036 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
While many tourists pull their cars into the big lot off of Mulholland Drive during the day, it's only at nighttime that locals visit this place. Even though the parking lot is closed, and the gates are shut, intrepid travelers will always be able...
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA
The California Science Center has some fantastic rotating exhibits and equally interesting permanent displays. This photo was taken at the Cleopatra's Palace themed exhibit of Alexandrian artifacts recovered from Goddio's underwater excavations....
W. Silver Lake Dr. &, Shadowlawn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
The Chandelier Tree of Silver Lake is a large sycamore tree that's been artfully hung with 30 distinctly different crystal chandeliers -- it's a stunning and magical display -- and the Chandelier Tree has quickly become a beloved neighborhood gem....
701 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA
The Rose Garden on Exposition is a fantastic place to spend a moment escaping the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Situated between a variety of museums it's in a prime location for picnics or a family outing.
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
"La Brea" is Spanish for tar pits—but luckily the tar pits are fenced off and no longer pose a danger. The pits have served as a fantastic paleontological site, one of the biggest and ongoing excavation projects in history. The museum itself...
5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Since 1973, the Craft and Folk Art Museum has fostered relationships between local artists and their community of visitors. Their exhibits showcase unexpected works created using classic and imaginative techniques. Unlike traditional galleries,...
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
The practically endless summer weather of L.A. means you can catch shows at the outdoor amphitheater that is the Hollywood Bowl from April all the way to October, and the 17,500-seat venue takes full advantage. The Hollywood Bowl has summer...
900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
The Natural History Museum houses some 35 million specimens and artifacts spanning 4.5 billion years in history. But it isn't just what's inside this structure that's historic: The main building itself dates all the way back to 1913, when a Sunday...
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Union Station is as stunning as it is rich in history, and continues to be a vital hub for L.A. rail, metro, and bus transport. On the outside, the building resembles an art deco riff on the old California missions; inside, the inlaid travertine...
15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536, USA
A visit to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is well worth the one hour drive from L.A. The drive there had its isolated pockets, so I wasn't expecting to see so many other poppy gawkers frolicking in the fields with us. The orange...
9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
I've never been so weirded out or delighted by a museum before. This hidden gem calls itself "an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic"—which is to say, nothing and...
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...
1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Entering the spacious yet cozy outdoors patio of Home Restaurant is like a warm familial embrace. The lush canopy and central coy pond (and fountain lined with mini plastic dinosaurs) set a tranquil yet playful ambiance. The service is friendly,...
Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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