California Travel Guide

If a good sweaty dance party is your style, be sure to look out for Daybreaker, a bi-monthly morning free-for-all that's sure to jump-start your day. Cost of entry includes coconut water, nutrition bars, and plenty of good vibes. The location switches between Downtown L.A. and the Westside.

Pack a picnic basket and blanket, and head out to one of the city’s most iconic summertime gatherings: a series of cult movie screenings that takes place in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the likes of Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, and more have been laid to rest.

The Broad Museum in Downtown L.A. has made art democratic by extending complimentary general admission access to Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal collection of nearly 2,000 pieces of contemporary artfrom the 1950s to the present.

Work off all those famous Angeleno street tacos with a stroll or bike ride down a portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also known as The Strand—a mostly flat, well-paved 22-mile beach path running along the Pacific from Will Rodgers State Beach to Torrance.

Head over to Venice for Abbot Kinney First Fridays, to support locally owned businesses and peruse one of the city’s top art walks. The event itself is free, but prepare for temptation from the area's cute boutiques selling home wares, stationary, clothing, and more.

It’s a feast for the senses at the Downtown L.A. Art Walk, where the blossoming community convenes on the second Thursday of the month to showcase art, music, and more. The events take place mostly within the galleries on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets.

Echo Park has become a gentrified hipster ‘hood, drawing in travelers in the know for seeking out great cocktail bars, quality indie shopping, and edgy restaurants. But for Angelenos, it’s not just about the scene; it’s about going to the game.

In any city, bike rentals are often one of the biggest tourist traps. But Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours sources local experts to lead rides through non-touristy routes around the city.

Learn about the history of San Francisco’s lesser-visited west side at the new LEED Platinum Lands End Lookout center. The thoroughly modern building offers refuge from the coastal fog and has picture windows for unobstructed views of ancient shipwrecks and the Sutro Bath ruins.

The best way to see the Bay Area’s bounty of heirloom produce and flowers and meet the farmers who grow them (and also supply the city’s top restaurants) is at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

A stunning view of the San Francisco skyline can be seen from the indoor pool at the thoughtfully designed Nob Hill Spa.

Every Friday from 5–10 p.m., a caravan of the city’s best food trucks takes over the parking lot at Fort Mason, for its own boisterous moveable feast. Expect crispy Mexican tacos, spicy Indian curries, French sausages, and even crème brulee.

Veer from the crowded city sidewalks and take a carefree charter on a boat for a different perspective of San Francisco. A fleet of first-rate catamarans slice across the San Francisco bay at day and around sunset, for Instagram-worthy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

People expect many things in the Mission: trendy restaurants and handmade jewelry to name two. But a miniature golf course? Such is the case at Urban Putt, the city’s first indoor golf course.

SFJAZZ brings the intimate soulfulness of America’s best jazz singers and musicians into a glossy 35,000-square-foot venue, which opened in 2013. Well-heeled urbanites fill the ultra modern $64 million center designed by starchitect Mark Cavagnero nearly every night.