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I was born and raised in the bay cities area of LA (Venice/Santa Monica), and spent the previous 9 years living in Silver Lake. Though I don't live there anymore, I take great pride in my hometown and love helping visitors navigate through the tangle of urban sprawl to find the treasures within.
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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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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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Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
A two-day walk that you can join or leave almost anywhere along the route, the Big Parade is a community stroll that starts at the Angel’s Flight Stairway in downtown Los Angeles and ends at the iconic Hollywood sign. Along the way, revelations...
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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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4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
The Vista in Los Feliz is one of the few art deco theaters left. They play independent movies or blockbusters like The Bourne Legacy in a great setting. 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz, (323) 660-6639. As told to Heidi Mitchell. This appeared in the...
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1635 Woods Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
Closed to the public until very recently, the Stahl House is an architectural gem. This minimalist masterpiece—made famous by the iconic images shot by photographer Julius Shulman—epitomizes California living. What's not widely known is that you...
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1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
“This is the perfect West Coast counterpoint to McNally Jackson. It makes you want to pick up a book—or a pen. Here, though, if you’re not writing a screenplay, you’re not really writing at all.” —Fred Dust 181 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 660-1175.
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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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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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6103 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
If you are in the mood for authentic tacos at 3 AM, you can't go wrong with La Estrella Tacos in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
The glowing sign outside the historic theater on Fairfax Avenue may read “Silent Movie Theatre” but the space has a much larger mission. It is a hub for the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Cinefamily, whose purpose is to create a social community around the...
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1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
In the 1930s, there was a Nazi outpost in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. It was intended as a refuge for Nazis awaiting the fall of the US to Hitler. Instead, the ranch was raided by US authorities in the early 1940s. Now there are a...
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125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Set along the colorful and historic Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles, the Blessing of the Animals happens on the Saturday before Easter, and has been a tradition since 1930. Do you have a pet in need of a blessing? If you do-- even if you...
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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...
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5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
The original Los Angeles Zoo opened in 1912, and during its infancy, grew to include a number of animal enclosures designed to mimic natural habitats. Decades later, however, it became apparent that environments once thought to be safe and humane...
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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...
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4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Soap Plant / Wacko / La Luz de Jesus Gallery is a bit of a mouthful so do as the locals do and just call this place, “Wacko.” The store offers a veritable cornucopia of obscure toys, kooky house wares, eclectic books, and other random doodads that...
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6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Hollywood Forever Cemetary was founded back in 1889. Since then, it's been home to some of Hollywood's greatest stars: Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, even Toto from the Wizard of Oz. But...
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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...
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534 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Hoover Street was once known for its set of the Crips gang in South LA but further North near Silverlake, the opening of Cafecito Organico's first location rejuvenated the streets reputation with its friendly atmosphere and locally roasted coffee...
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4427 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Tiki-Ti is a family-run hut of a bar that's been serving tasty tropical drinks since 1961. The walls are covered with decorative flair, and the menu is packed with 92 exotic drink options. The space is small, so get there early to snag a seat....
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Temescal Canyon, Los Angeles, CA 90272, USA
The best part about Los Angeles is the easy accessibility to nature. Coastal hikes overlooking the ocean are the best way to cleanse the mind and body and truly experience the landscape. The hills of Malibu to the North and Palos Verdes to the...
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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.
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But there's a secret section of the gate you can squeeze through. Find it, and you'll be rewarded with an epic concrete landslide. Rainbow graffitti amidst the rebar. Broken skeletons of beer bottles. Carcasses of prescription pill bottles. Beauty...
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300, 1601 E Olympic Blvd #300-307, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Looking for a giant Godzilla or Thomas the Tank Engine piñata for your kid’s birthday party? You’ll find every imaginable colorful piñata in the somewhat secret downtown Los Angeles piñata district, around East Olympic Boulevard and South Central...
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5911 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
I could not wait to check out this store. Rows upon rows of books, records, CDs and even a corner shelf of tapes (remember those?). If you lived part of your teen years in the 80s, you know probably know intimately what I'm talking about....
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3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
Situated on top of a hill that overlooks the ocean and Catalina Island, the Korean Friendship Bell is a beautiful gift that was given to Los Angeles by the Republic of Korea in 1976. It commemorates the American bicentennial, honors Korean War...
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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...