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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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  • Rolling Greens

    Tucked away in a residential area, this nursery spans eight greenhouses across two acres and sells plants, garden accessories, outdoor furniture, v...

  • Ron Herman

    L.A.’s young and fab make regular pilgrimages to this warren of shops housed beneath a vine-covered roof. Shimmery-blond stay-at-home-moms peruse k...

  • Royal/T

    Royal/T in Culver City is a cafe, contemporary art gallery, and shop all in one—and al united by a love of Japan. Staff wear coquettish maid unifor...

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    Strange Factor: Strap on some running shoes and jog in the footsteps of actual celebrities who dodged the pesky photographers on the same streets w...

  • Salt, Venice

    Shop owner Holly Boies opened her Venice Beach clothing store Salt just as Abbott Kinney Boulevard was beginning to flourish into a shopping mecca...

  • Sandee Litwin

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  • Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectibles Market

    Shopping at this distinctive market is like raiding a large, elegant estate sale. You'll find everything to lavishly feather your nest, from shabby...

  • Santa Monica Beach

    Perhaps the most unusual designee in this year’s 10 Best Public Spaces, this 3.5-mile stretch of public beach just west of Los Angeles draws millio...

  • Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure

    Isn’t the very idea—a LEED_certified parking garage—oxymoronic and perverse?Architect James Mary O'Connor's firm, Moore Ruble Yudell, talked the Sa...

  • Santa Monica Farmers' Market

    The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica's weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering downtown. Most of L.A.'s t...

  • Santa Monica Pier

    Near the western terminus of historic Route 66, this old-timey seaside amusement park has an enduring, if kitschy, popularity. Untold thousands of ...


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