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Things to do in Los Angeles

Sunny, showy Los Angeles is a traveler’s playground. Hollywood lights the way in this one-industry town, but there are many other places to explore and things to do in Los Angeles—beaches, coffee bars, trendy boutiques, cool performance venues, secret spas, cult-worthy sweet shops, swank cocktail lounges, hip galleries, and see-and-be-seen nightclubs from Brentwood and Beverly Hills to Echo Park, Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice Beach, and beyond.

Search Travel + Leisure’s travel guide for great ideas on what to do in Los Angeles. Our team of experts point you to secret spots and the best of the best experiences, like visiting the Getty Center, shopping Abbot Kinney Boulevard, spa-going in Koreatown, and a stroll in little-known Franklin Canyon Park. No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a taste of glamour and the movies. Catch one on the big screen at the iconic 1960s ArcLight Theatre. Want more Hollywood? Check out our insider listings, which include a boutique that sells clothes and costumes from major productions; a shop with great vintage movie posters, the Hollywood Museum, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and much more. Still looking for things to do in Los Angeles? Let T+L roll out the red carpet and be your guide to Tinseltown.

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  • Beer Belly

    This beer-focused Koreatown gastropub offers a sudsy sip of Los Angeles with a menu of locally produced craft brews from all over the region. Pair ...

  • Bettie Page

    Iconic '50s pin-up girl Bettie Page serves as muse to this retro boutique filled with in A-line dresses and capri pants. The shop's Hollywood Blvd ...

  • Big Bear Discovery Center

    Operated by the National Forest Association, this visitors’ center is housed in a lodge-like building just north of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernar...

  • Big Blue Bus

    Headquartered in downtown Santa Monica, this bus service provides transportation to more than 1,150 stops, including Venice Beach, the Santa Monica...

  • Bin 8945 Wine Bar & Bistro

    Small-plates wine bar with a focus on pairing.

  • Blum & Poe

    Occupying one of the biggest spaces in Culver City’s Art District, Blum and Poe fills its multi-level, 21,000-square-foot digs with a roster of maj...

  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater

    Bob Baker carves marionettes and trains apprentices to animate them. With its houselights on, the theater is nothing: squirming kids and cheesy, du...

  • Caltrans District 7 Headquarters Replacement Building

    Why It’s Cool: Despite both a cumbersome name and less-than-glamorous function—bureaucrats plan freeway repairs in 13 stories of offices—Mayne’s si...

  • Carolina Herrera, Los Angeles

    Once favored by Jackie O, Venezuelan native Carolina Herrera is known for clothing with feminine flourishes like meticulous embroidery and beading....

  • Catalina Express ferry

    Since 1981, the fast track to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point is aboard the Catalina Express. Eight different vessels cut...

  • Catalina Island Conservancy

    This organization, based in Catalina Island's south side town of Avalon since 1972, practices conservation, education, and recreation. They protect...

  • Compartes Chocolatier

    Marilyn Monroe was a fan; these days, owner Jonathan Grahm stirs Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon into his artisanal blends.

  • Copa D’Oro

    Just around the corner from the Third Street Promenade, this cocktail lounge caters to a more mature crowd than its neighboring sports bars and pub...


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