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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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  • Getty Museum

    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 Malib...

  • Giant Robot, LA

    Giant Robot was first launched in the mid-90’s as a hand-published, pop culture magazine. A decade ago, its founders, two UCLA grads, decided to ex...

  • Grand Central Market

    On the ground floor of the Homer Laughlin Building at South Broadway, the Grand Central Market's 38 global merchants purvey various international w...

  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre

    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. Am...

  • Gregg Fleishman Studio

    One of the first artists to set up a public viewing space in Culver City, Gregg Fleishman’s studio displays a rotating body of work, all of it grou...

  • Griffith Observatory

    Los Angeles institution, the Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with the mission of “inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand th...

  • H.D. Buttercup

    Located in Culver City's old Helms Bakery building (1931), this spacious warehouse is home to the largest furniture collection in L.A. and has cont...

  • Hayground Organic Gardening

    Jimmy Williams’ company, Hayground Organic Gardening, has become a mainstay among Los Angeles-area farmers markets. He and his son Logan sell more ...

  • Helios House

    This eco-friendly gas station from BP at the high-traffic Beverly Hills intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard looks like the ki...

  • Hollywood at Home

    British transplant Peter Dunham is the go-to expert for celebrities who gravitate toward his clubby English spin on Old Hollywood style. At his Wes...

  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood founders, Golden Age movie stars, and even punk musicians. Established in 1899,...

  • Hollywood Movie Posters

    It doesn't get more authentically Hollywood than this quirky repository for original film scripts, movie stills, and movie posters old and new. An ...

  • Hollywood Museum

    Housed in the former studio of famed Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, this museum spans four floors containing thousands of TV and movie props, ...

  • Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie

    It's hard to decide which is the most pampering element at this luxe spa: the garden setting tucked into a lush canyon, the sumptuous relaxation lo...


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