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Things to do in Los Angeles

Whether you are on a family vacation or taking a romantic escape, you can’t run out of memorable things to do in Los Angeles. There are a few diversions that will make for a classic trip. To sight-see without driving, walk (or rent bikes and ride) the beachside paths from Santa Monica down to Venice Beach, and see how the shift from well-heeled to tattooed and pierced can be vivid. Love architecture? A trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum is worth a trip just for the Richard Meier-designed space—and a world-class collection speaks for itself. Otherwise don’t miss the Gamble House in Pasadena, as well as the lineup of beautifully kept bungalows—a California classic— along this town’s residential streets.

Window-shopping along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles, even if Cartier is not within your budget. For the ultimate L.A. malls, meanwhile, check out the Beverly Center and The Grove. For more hipster-friendly fare, walk down Melrose or go to Santa Monica, where Montana Avenue has a long line of charming boutiques. What to do in Los Angeles with kids? It’s hard to resist the pull of a day trip to going down to Orange County (less than an hour away) to do Disneyland, but kids who love theme park will also love Universal Studios Hollywood and, for more old-school theme park fun, the amusement park at Santa Monica’s Pier.

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  • Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    The epicenter of boho-chic in Venice Beach, this one-mile boulevard is a colorful collage of independent boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, a...

  • Amoeba Music, LA

    Located on legendary Sunset Boulevard, Amoeba Music is a proverbial mecca for stereophiles in Los Angeles. The store is a monument to vinyl, with o...

  • Angelino Heights

    With its concentration of charming Victorian homes, this hilly neighborhood between Echo Park and downtown is especially inviting in the run-up to ...

  • ArcLight

    Built around the 1960’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the legendary ArcLight cinemas returns the glitz and glamour to the movie-going experience with...

  • Baby Jane of Hollywood

    This West Hollywood antique shop earned its claim-to-fame after salvaging and selling ruined celebrity items (a cracked coffee mug from Barbara Str...

  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

    Think of it as nature’s StairMaster: the set of steps running to the top of this 500-foot peak above Culver City is so steep you’ll feel like you’r...

  • Bar Marmont

    Don’t be surprised if you can’t find the entry to this wood-paneled hotel bar—it’s 150 feet from the entrance of the exclusive, hillside Chateau Ma...

  • Bar Nineteen12

    The Beverly Hilton Hotel’s lobby bar, named for the year the hotel opened, is the place to go to party like a celebrity (or at least see one). Ask ...

  • Bar Noir

    This lobby bar in Beverly Hills’ Maison 140 hotel has lounge seating, a black, white, and red color scheme by designer Kelly Wearstler, and Parisia...

  • Baxter Finley Barber & Shop

    Reclaimed wood floors and walls covered in bright white subway tiles set the tone at this barber shop from men's skin-care brand Baxter of Californ...

  • Bazar

    This eclectic antiques shop on Venice’s lively Abbot Kinney Boulevard specializes in Art Deco furniture and objects from the ’30s and ’40s. Take th...

  • Bear Mountain Resort

    Southern California’s most popular ski and snowboarding resort resides in San Bernardino National Forest, southwest of Big Bear Lake. All four peak...

  • Beard Papa, LA

    It’s difficult to miss Beard Papa's Sawtelle location with its bright lights and constant line of customers. This Japanese chain, which started as ...


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