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Los Angeles Places to Go & Things to Do
 

 

 

Downtown Los Angeles

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

California Science Center - Downtown Los Angeles

Children's Museum of Los Angeles - Downtown Los Angeles

Japanese American National Museum - Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Philharmonic - Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Public Library - Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Opera - Downtown Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art - Downtown Los Angeles .

Natural History Museum - Downtown Los Angeles

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

The Bradbury Building - Downtown Los Angeles - amazing architectural treasure in Downtown L.A.  See the inside of the building, and then stop next door at the Grand Cental Market  for lunch

Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour - brought to you by the USC department of Geography

The Fashion District - Downtown Los Angeles

Koreatown Plaza - Koreatown

Los Angeles Flower District - Downtown Los Angeles . - the epicenter of the flower business in the Los Angeles area,

Old Chinatown - Downtown Los Angeles

Olvera Street - Downtown Los Angeles

Watts Towers - Watts

 

San Fernando Valley

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - Simi Valley

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

Camarillo Premium Outlets - Camarillo

Santa Susana Pass State Park - Chatsworth/Simi Valley

Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia

 

 

East Side & Pasadena

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Architectural Tours - Pasadena - from the Convention & Visitors Bureau website, walk or drive and see some of the 600 buildings in Pasadena listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Homestead Museum - City of Industry

Huntington Library - San Marino

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Arcadia

Norton Simon Museum of Art - Pasadena

Southwest Museum - Mt. Washington

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

Citadel Factory Stores - Commerce

Los Angeles Speed Zone - City of Industry

 

 

South Bay & Long Beach

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL & ENTERTAINMENT ATTRACTIONS

Hermosa Beach - fun and laid-back South Bay beachfront town.  Host of popular beach volleyball tournaments. 

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

Fort MacArthur Museum - San Pedro

Los Angeles Maritime Museum - San Pedro
Manhattan Beach - bicycle on The Strand, beach volleyball and fun nighlife

The Queen Mary - Long Beach

Port of L.A. Waterfront Red Car Line - San Pedro - ride in a restored Red Car trolley

Whale Watching Cruises - Long Beach

 

 

Other Los Angeles area

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace - Yorba Linda

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

Disneyland - Anaheim

Knotts Berry Farm - Buena Park

Medieval Times - Buena Park

Raging Waters - San Dimas

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching - Dana Point

Newport Landing Whale Watching - Newport Beach

 

  SHOPPING

Fashion Island - Newport Beach

Ontario Mills Mall - Ontario

South Coast Plaza - Costa Mesa

 

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West Los Angeles & Malibu

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Getty Center - Brentwood - the Richard Meier designed buildings and the hilltop views are the main attractions

Getty Villa - Malibu - the re-opened museum that houses the J. Paul Getty Roman and Greek art collections.  Entrance is free, but you do need to make a reservation

Museum of Flying - Santa Monica

Museum of Tolerance - Los Angeles (near Beverly Hills)

UCLA Armand Hammer Museum of Art - Westwood

Westwood Village Memorial Park - Westwood - final resting place of Marilyn Monroe and many other Hollywood celebrities

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

3rd Street Promenade - Santa Monica
Abbot Kinney Blvd - a very trendy few blocks of shopping, food & drink in Venice

Century City Shopping Center - Century City

Hollywood Park - Inglewood - Win, place or show, you bet on the horses here

Leo Carrillio State Park - Malibu

Main Street - Santa Monica - historic and eclectic few blocks of shopping and dining, a block off of ocean in Santa Monica

Malibu Creek State Park - Malibu - 4,000 acres of hiking.  M*A*S*H was filmed here

Malibu Lagoon State Park - Malibu
Marina Del Rey - great place to catch a harbor cruise, or enjoy kayaking and paddleboard rentals

Pacific Park - amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier
Palisades Park - Santa Monica - take a wonderful walk along this cliff-side park that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  Once of the most scenic spots in the Los Angeles area. 

Perry's Beach Cafe & Rentals - Santa Monica - rent a bike or roller blades and cruise down the boardwalk

Point Dume State Park

Rodeo Drive - Beverly Hills
Santa Monica Pier - world famous attraction with the 1922 Merry-Go-Round (Carousel), Roller Coaster, and many entertainment attractions.
Santa Monica Place - newly redeveloped high-end outdoor mall.  The star attraction is the top floor, with restaurants & a food court with ocean and mountain views
Sawtelle Blvd - area with strong Japanese-American history.  Many interesting neighborhood shops and restaurants.  Just south of Santa Monica Blvd, and west of the 405 Freeday

Sony Pictures Studios - Culver City - take a tour, or watch a live taping of Jeopardy and other shows

UCLA Campus - Westwood - To see Royce Hall, the Sculpture Garden or to just grab lunch, any time on the UCLA campus is well spent

Venice Beach & Boardwalk - Venice - one of the most visited places in Los Angeles!

Westwood Village - popular place for watching a movie at a classic old theater.  UCLA college town.

Will Rogers State Historic Park - Pacific Palisades - great for a day of hiking

 

Miracle Mile, Hollywood & Adjacent

Places to Go & Things to Do

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Autry Museum of Western Heritage - Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory - Griffith Park

Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood

Korean Cultural Center - Mid-Wilsire

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Miracle Mile

Los Angeles Zoo - Griffith Park

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits - Miracle Mile

Peterson Automotive Museum - Miracle Mile

 

ENTERTAINMENT & AREA ATTRACTIONS

American Cinematheque Egytian Theater - Hollywood

El Capitan Theatre - Hollywood - opened in 1926, "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama."  Now owned by Disney (extensive restoration completed in 1991), a great place to see a live stage show.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre - a Hollywood classic since 1927, this is the movie theatre with the handprints & footprints of movie stars on the sidewalk in front

Farmer's Market - 3rd & Fairfax

Hollywood Entertainment District - Hollywood

The Magic Castle - Hollywood - you need to know a member for admittance

Paramount Studios - Hollywood

Silent Movie Theatre - Hollywood - the only silent cinema in the U.S.

Universal Studios - Studio City

 

Other Los Angeles websites

seeing-stars.com - a great website devoted to the landmarks, history and places to see actual celebrities in L.A.

Things To Do In Los Angeles - A nicely done website.  I give a tip of the hat to the architecture section, which includes pictures

 

Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Park - directory and updates on parks citywide

 

Los Angeles Bike Paths - highlights the best places to ride your bicycle

 

You-are-here.com - tremendous gallery of Los Angeles photos.  These can inspire your next weekend adventure, or just increase your knowledge of local architecture


LA Photos - great photos of Los Angeles, many with a focus on site-seeing.

 

Hollywood USA - In depth guide to Hollywood & Los Angeles, including unique information on its celebrities and tourist attractions

 

Day & Weekend Trips:

 (read our travel logs - includes photos)

 Los Angeles to Cambria

 Los Angeles to Cambria (Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What could be better than a drive up the coast?  Here is an ultimateLA video, with clips of PCH from Santa Monica to Malibu.  Click here for the full size version. 
 


 

Here is a day at the Getty Center Museum, high up on a hill in Brentwood.  Watch this ultimateLA video, as you enter the museum on a tram, and then take in the sights.  Click here for the full size version.


 

 

 

 


 Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide

 

 

 

 

 

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