California Travel Guide

On Friday evenings, Silverlake Wine puts on the ultimate outdoor happy hour at the Barnsdall Art Park, with the backdrop of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House as the setting.

Since undergoing a recent $10 million renovation, Lafayette Park has become the go-to oasis for young families and couples with off-leash dogs to chill out in chichi Pacific Heights.

This vast swath of sand borders the Great Highway on the western stretch of San Francisco. Watch local surfers catch gnarly (and freezing) waves, stroll the succulent-strewn bluffs, or just kick back for a picnic.

The Holy Grail of parkland in San Francisco—it’s by far the most popular and most iconic, known for turning into a daytime party every weekend. It recently finished some major renovations, including new bathrooms, tennis courts, and five acres of fresh Bermuda grass.

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.