Los Angeles

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.

With its concentration of charming Victorian homes, this hilly neighborhood between Echo Park and downtown is especially inviting in the run-up to Halloween, when the 19th century facades make for a spooky backdrop to decorations (you'll find homes used in the filming of Michael Jackson's "Thrill

Foxtail, a dining and dancing club, is the new after-hours spot in West Hollywood.

Home to one of the largest populations of Persian-Americans in the US, Tehrangeles – a neighborhood nickname combining Los Angeles with Iran’s capital Tehran – is a thriving community of Persian expatriates exiled during the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Jaded types insist that there’s nothing all that special about this ever-bohemian boardwalk, with its collection of eccentrics hawking their wares and letting their freak flags fly.

The restored theater is known for its triannual cult spectacle Lucha Vavoom, a chaotic mingling of burlesque dancers, masked lucha libre Mexican wrestlers, and lowrider cars.

From its trendy digs in West LA’s Culver City Art District, the Walter Maciel Gallery showcases the works of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists.

Snow Valley has attracted Southern California skiers since the 1930s. This San Bernadino mountains resort lies northeast of Los Angeles and is about a two-hour drive from the coast. Snow Valley offers 12 lifts and 240 acres for both skiers and snowboarders to explore.

This fine art museum is located within the expansive Getty Center complex, accessed via a scenic tram ride up to its hillside location in the Malibu foothills. The Getty Museum consists of five two-story pavilions set around an open courtyard.

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A favorite of both Oscar-night celebrities and everyday fashionistas, this airy, bi-level boutique specializes in fabulous vintage womenswear.

Original Debut: In 1927, theater developer Sid Grauman set out to do no less than create the most opulent movie palace the world had ever known.