Going to Los Angeles
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- Zuma Beach30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265-3601recommended Zuma BeachThis is by far my favorite beach that I've been to in LA as of yet. There is so much space to spread out, even when it's crowded, and you are guaranteed a dolphin sighting. The waves can get pretty ... read morebig sometimes, but if you don't swim too far out you'll be fine. And two thumbs up for free parking on the side of the road!Erin K
It's getting a little chilly for beach weather but you can always see dolphins here.
recommended Temescal Canyon TrailThis is now my new favorite hiking trail in LA. The views of Santa Monica, the ocean, and everything beyond are picture perfect on a clear day, and the hike takes you through so many micro-climates ... read morethat you really feel like you could be anywhere. There is ample parking at the base of the canyon ($7 to park), and it's just a short walk from the parking lot to the start of the hike. The loop is roughly four and a half miles, and I would recommend taking Temescal Canyon Ridge Trail on the way up. It is a sharp ascent, but if you start here you'll have more energy on the way up. The trail then connects to Temescal Canyon Trail, which is a gradual descent into the canyon that passes by a small, albeit pretty, waterfall. Dogs are only allowed in certain areas of the park, so you won't have to worry about running into them (or, um, everything they leave behind). It's an absolutely stunning hike, a great workout, and a nearby escape. Don't forget to bring water!Erin K
If you're looking for a hike, this one in Malibu has gorgeous views.
- Aroma Coffee & Tea Company4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604recommended Aroma Coffee & Tea CompanyAroma Cafe is my absolute favorite place for breakfast and lunch in LA. There's usually a line out the door, but it's worth the wait and moves fairly quickly - and with a clear view of all the cakes ... read moreand pastries before the cashier, you'll want to take your time. Aroma has a room for every kind of mood you may be in. If you're looking for a quiet, home-like setting, head to the library to eat your meal. If you want a more lively atmosphere, opt for the covered patio....and if you want to enjoy the sunshine, sit outside in the garden area (heat lamps are available for the chilly nights). The breakfast here is phenomenal, especially their brioche french toast and Rosemary potatoes. I also love coming here for dessert and cappuccino at night, when they turn on the string of lights that line the patio and garden. Love love love this place.Erin K
The valley doesn't usually get enough love from visitors, but this Studio City cafe is a favorite. Try any of their desserts.
- Wurstküche Restaurant800 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013recommended Wurstküche RestaurantThe name literally translates to "Sausage Kitchen" and the food here is great. You can choose from your standard bratwursts or if you're feeling more adventurous you can try things like the ... read morerattlesnake sausage. They also have great beers on tap (as any self respecting German-inspired restaurant should!) Even the veggie sausages are great -- the vegetarians I ate with once even bought some to take home! They also cater private events!Recommended for:Vegetarian
- Bergamot Station2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404recommended Bergamot StationI love the variety of galleries here. Some are ridiculous. Some are sublime. And it's so easy. Park and walk from gallery to gallery. When you get hungry or thirsty there's a nice little cafe. Rest ... read moreand bask in the sun on one of the outdoor benches. If you need to shop and you can't drop $13,000 on some excellent art, then stop in at the bookshop or Hiromi Paper for something more affordable but still special.
- Urth Caffe2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405recommended Urth CaffeI just end up here every time I'm in Santa Monica. It's all reliably good and healthy and I swear every time I'm in there I see Julia Roberts, or at least someone who looks a lot like her, and lots of ... read moreattractive people who either are famous, or definitely should be famous. And hey, that makes my excellent cappuccino even better.
- La Brea Tar Pits 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539recommended La Brea Tar PitsThe museum brings the creatures entombed in the nearby tarpits to life, in a manner of speaking. I loved the life-sized bellowing wooly mammoth robot, and the wall of wolf skulls. Research on the ... read moredoomed denizens of the pit are ongoing, and they have it set up so you can watch scientists at work, picking through and cleaning skeletal bits.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United Statesrecommended Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)I've had so many revelations here. The Ellsworth Kelly paintings animate and come alive, they're hung so perfectly. It's like I'd never seen the value of his work before. They do such a good job here, ... read moregiving visual art the light and breathing room it needs. Do come here and see what's up. For me it's refreshing, like a waterfall of ideas.Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- Grand Park500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, Californiarecommended Grand ParkConsidering this is Downtown Los Angeles, grand park is a pretty amazing accomplishment. It really shows how much effort is going toward improving Downtown. The park itself spans a few blocks and ... read moreslowly rises to a fountain up top. There are walkways filled with a diverse range of plants that are defined and described on well designed signs. The park is filled with trees and has both shady and sunny spots. There are also hot pink benches, tables and chairs and an on site Starbucks.Recommended for:Josh Moody-Arndt
Downtown has really been changing recently and this is a great place to start to get a feel for it. Spring and Main streets are where a lot of this is happening. Also, Little Tokyo is pretty interesting. This is all pretty close to each other so you could check it out over a few hours.
- Abbot Kinney BlvdAbbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291recommended Abbot Kinney BlvdAbbot Kinney Blvd. is pretty much the opposite of the boardwalk. It's very trendy with lots of cool shops and restaurants to check out. This is the kind of street where it's best to just take a ... read moreleisurely walk and explore on your own.Recommended for:TrendstersJosh Moody-Arndt
If you combine this with the boardwalk and the canals you will get a really nice introduction to the different types of areas in LA.
- Venice CanalsVenice, Californiarecommended Venice CanalsOriginally the canals were meant to be an amusement park resembling Venice, Italy. Today it sort of resembles a cross between a wealthy residential neighborhood, a park and a historical monument. The ... read morecanals are great to explore on foot and I consider them to be one of Venice's most interesting attractions. There's a lot of great architecture and the reflection off of the water makes for a lot of great photo opportunities.Recommended for:History BuffsJosh Moody-Arndt
From the canals it's an easy walk to the venice pier and then to the boardwalk.
- Hollywood Bowl2301 Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068-2742recommended Hollywood BowlThis is a great place to be on a warm summer night. Check out the schedule of what's playing (musicals, symphonies, operas, etc.) and order tickets ahead of time. Try to catch a shuttle near your ... read moreplace which drops you off right in front. It's much cheaper than parking near the Bowl and gets you out of the traffic much faster too. Pack a picnic basket and get there early to lounge around before enjoying your show. Sometimes if the show you're at isn't too packed, you can move down closer to the stage during intermission.Recommended for:Susan Lee
They also have things playing here out of the summer season, so check their website for a schedule.
- Third Street PromenadeSanta Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Californiarecommended Third Street PromenadeI love walking down Third St. on a sunny day. Not only can you get some shopping done, but you also get to watch some street performers (some are better than others). Stop by Angelato for some Exotica ... read moregelato or sit outside on the patio at any of the numerous restaurants.Recommended for:
- Griffith Observatory2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1255recommended Griffith ObservatoryThis is a great place to go hiking, check out the city of LA from up top, or check out the observatory exhibits. On nice days, grab a small picnic basket to enjoy on the lawn right outside the ... read moreobservatory.Recommended for: