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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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    This sweeping modern performing arts complex encompasses four separate performance venues, all of them renowned. The Ahmanson Theatre, which seats ...

  • Natural History Museum

    This grand museum showcasing history, science, and art celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with the opening of a new permanent exhibit, Beco...

  • OK

    No overarching motif or theme unites owner Larry Shaffer’s handpicked selections inside this West LA gift shop, but that’s what locals love about i...

  • Opera

    This addition to L.A. nightlife impresario David Judaken’s empire (he also owns Mood and Garden of Eden) is a modern, two-room club outfitted in re...

  • Orpheum Theatre, L.A.

    One of the most renowned landmarks on downtown’s row of Broadway theatres, the Orpheum dates to 1926 and originally hosted vaudeville shows, legend...

  • Pasadena City College Flea Market

    The punk rock spirit of nearby Melrose Avenue spills over to this eclectic weekly market held at (and benefiting) Fairfax High School, so it's not ...

  • Paul Smith, L.A.

    British designer Paul Smith displays clothing with a twist at this hot-pink landmark on Melrose Avenue. Known for his unexpected design touches, th...

  • Proper Barbershop

    At this hip Los Angeles joint adorned with street art—you can have a cold beer and play Xbox games as a stylist perfects your coif with Layrite, th...

  • Queen Mary

    Now owned by the city of Long Beach, this historic ship made 1,001 transatlantic crossings carrying WWII soldiers. Grab a map for a self-guided tou...

  • Raven Spa

    Intricate woodwork, jewel-toned walls and tiles, and flickering lanterns and candles set the mood for exotic relaxation at this bohemian spa specia...

  • Realm

    Hand-painted bone china tea sets, bamboo cutting boards, and chrome fortune cookies entice shoppers at this high-end gift store in Chinatown’s Cent...

  • Regeneration

    One percent of every sale at this shabby-chic boutique in the up-and-coming Eagle Rock district goes to environmental organizations around the glob...

  • RetroSpecs

    The restoration of early-modern antique eyewear is RetroSpecs’ (uncommon) passion. With an extensive cataloging system of more than 3,000 classic d...


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