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    The Getty Center

    1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1666
    149 reviews

    WOW! Funny story...My friend and I were driving at night for the first time to the Getty. We saw the winding grey "road" and thought we had to drive up that path. Thank Goodness we didn't! Instead, a lovely tram ride took us there while we enjoyed the night view up to the Getty. I studied architecture so it was ...

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    The Getty Villa

    17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
    78 reviews

    Wow. A must see if you're in L.A. So much to see! Huge collection of art and artifacts. Beautiful gardens, water fountains and pool. Best part of all: It's FREE!!

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    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
    92 reviews

    This is the kind of museum you can get blissfully lost in for hours. Even when I lived in LA, I never got tired of wandering through the exhibition halls, which are even bigger and better than before now after recent multimillion-dollar renovations. Personally, my fave is the low-lit Japanese art gallery, where you walk around a circular spiral stairway ...

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    Griffith Observatory

    2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1255
    143 reviews

    I'm all for cool, free things to do in LA and this is one of the best! The Observatory is an amazing piece of LA architecture with an even better view. It also has a cool history as it became the iconic film location for Rebel Without A Cause's climactic scene. The exhibit inside the Observatory is also pretty interesting. ...

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    The Getty Museum

    36 reviews

    Must see when you are visiting LA, or have visitor to LA. Beautiful architecture, very specific to the region. You can spend days exploring the exhibits.

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    The Last Bookstore

    453 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2013, United States
    12 reviews

    Gonna try to make this review short: Hidden precious gem located in LA, walking distance to syrup dessert (yum) and Exchange LA. A cool place to explore if you want a taste of LA, love artsy interior design or if you're a book lover. Don't forget to go upstairs, it's my favorite part of the store! Try to show up ...

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    Hollywood Bowl

    2301 Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068-2742
    103 reviews

    First time here for Korean music festival. Amazing venue I'm in love. Clean bathroom and great view wherever u sit. Byod and bring a blanket. Love how I could see the Hollywood sign from here! Super glad we took the subway then the bus . Parking looks too scary here. I don't understand how the stacked parking works.

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    Venice Beach

    1905 Ocean Front Walk, CA
    173 reviews

    I can't believe i don't come here more often, there is just so much to see ! Its a great place to go for a nice, simple date or just to go somewhere to clear your thoughts! Ive been to Venice a couple times before but I forgot about all the culture and the interesting community that Venice has to ...

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    Bergamot Station

    2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    10 reviews

    Hands down one of my favorite lunch sandwich spots in la! Surrounded by art galleries, I always feel so relaxed and at peace when I enjoy my lunch here. Chicken pesto sandwich is phenomenal!

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    Pantages Theatre

    6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028-5310
    42 reviews

    If you get the opportunity to see a production/play at the Pantages Theatre, GO!! It is an old piece of Hollywood Glam that newer facilities don't come close to capturing.

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    MOCA Pacific Design Center

    Los Angeles, California
    5 reviews

    Stefan sagmeister happy show! Small Gallery but I loved it

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    Magic Castle

    7001 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028-8603
    33 reviews

    A BIIIIIG high five and a BIIIIIG hug to Nelson for giving me this opportunity to explore "the most unusual private club in the world"!!! I got few mixed reviews about this from my friends before I went to the Magic Castle. Some said it was boring and some said it was really "magical". This is definitely a place to ...

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    1040 W Ball Rd Anaheim, California 92802, USA
    436 reviews

    Beautiful during the holidays!!! They make it "snow" during the parade. Good fun for all ages.

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    Brewery Artwalk

    2100 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031-3358
    9 reviews

    Best artwalk in LA. a hidden gem. so many things to see that you can't do it in a few hours and must spend at least an entire day there to explore everything. Lot's of art and hidden little art museums all over the place.

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    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
    17 reviews

    I really appreciate it when broadway productions show here instead of my having to make the trek to Los Angeles. Although, sometimes, you just have to watch it in LA for the "full experience." :) Shows I've seen here: **CATS** We had nosebleed seats, so the experience wasn't as great. However, they were free tickets from a family member, so ...

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    Bradbury Building

    304 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United States
    9 reviews

    This is the oldest, active commercial building in central Los Angeles. Not much to look at from the outside it has an amazing interior - a sun bathed inner court with bird-cage elevators, marble paneling, ironwork and Mexican floor tiles. It has been featured in many movies including Blade Runner and Double Indemnity.

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    Third Street Promenade

    Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
    88 reviews

    I work in the area and am still not over how wonderful the promenade is. There's great food, drinks, performers and shopping to be done! Structures only offer 90 minutes free parking which isn't helpful when you plan to visit the beach and stay half the day. I recommend reserving a parking spot in advance here: Wednesdays: If you ...

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    Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
    45 reviews

    perfect for shopping and dinning. Shop for men, women, babies and your home. All modern and hip fashions. This area is targeting those who are fashion forward and willing to invest some money to look and live an aspirational lifestyle.

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    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
    75 reviews

    Beautiful architecture and year-round concerts make this structure a must visit.

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    Disney's World of Color

    14 reviews

    Amazing water show staged with music and images from Disney favorites. It changed every few months with new additions, like Brave in last night's show :)

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