Must-see attractions in Los Angeles

  • VENICE BEACH, USA - SEPTEMBER 29, 2016: The crowded Venice Beach Boardwalk. Lots of people are strolling down the boardwalk. On the sides there are several shops and palm trees.

    Venice Boardwalk

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Prepare for a sensory overload on Venice's Boardwalk, a one-of-a-kind experience. Buff bodybuilders brush elbows with street performers and sellers of…

  • LOS ANGELES, USA - DECEMBER 23 2015: The Getty Villa  is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum which is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.; Shutterstock ID 355379339; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; GL account no.: 56530; Netsuite department name: Online Design; Full Product or Project name including edition: Digital Content/Sights

    Getty Villa

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Stunningly perched on an ocean-view hillside, this museum in a replica 1st-century Roman villa is an exquisite, 64-acre showcase for Greek, Roman and…

  • Watts Towers

    Watts Towers

    Los Angeles

    The three 'Gothic' spires of the fabulous Watts Towers rank among the world’s greatest monuments of folk art. In 1921 Italian immigrant Simon Rodia set…

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 1, 2016: Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The theater has hosted numerous premieres and events since it opened in 1927.; Shutterstock ID 384869545; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Design; Full Product or Project name including edition: 65050/Online Design/Josh Vogel/POIs

    TCL Chinese Theatre

    Hollywood

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be in George Clooney’s shoes? Find his foot- and handprints alongside dozens of other stars', forever set in the concrete…

  • Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Abbot Kinney, who founded Venice in the early 1900s, would probably be delighted to find that one of Venice’s best-loved streets bears his name. Sort of a…

  • Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

    South Bay Beaches

    The best place to hunt for starfish, anemones and other tide-pool critters is in and around this rock-strewn eco-preserve. The walk down to the beach gets…

  • Hollywood Museum

    Hollywood

    For a taste of Old Hollywood, do not miss this musty temple to the stars, its four floors crammed with movie and TV costumes and props. The museum is…

  • Venice Canals

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Even many Angelenos have no idea that just a couple of blocks from the Boardwalk madness is an idyllic neighborhood that preserves 3 miles of Abbot Kinney…

  • El Matador State Beach

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Arguably Malibu’s most stunning beach, where you park on the bluffs and stroll down a trail to sandstone rock towers that rise from emerald coves. Topless…

  • Wayfarers Chapel

    South Bay Beaches

    The most stunning non-natural attraction on Palos Verdes was built by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank) in 1951, and no matter where you stand among the great…

  • Overhead of 'Hypar' kinetic sculpture in California Science Center, Exposition Park.

    California Science Center

    Los Angeles

    Top billing at the Science Center goes to the Space Shuttle Endeavour, one of only four space shuttles nationwide, but there's plenty else to see at this…

  • Tree lined Inspiration Point hiking trail in Will Rogers State Historic Park.

    Will Rogers State Historic Park

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    This park sprawls across ranch land once owned by Will Rogers (1875–1935), an Oklahoma-born cowboy turned humorist, radio-show host and movie star (in the…

  • People walking on the Malibu Pier.

    Malibu Pier

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    The pier marks the beginning of Malibu’s commercial heart. It’s open for strolling and license-free fishing (note the brackets for your rod and reel) and…

  • Fire pit at Dockweiler State Beach.

    Dockweiler State Beach

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    With jumbo jets soaring overhead, sailboats bobbing beyond the rolling surf, bonfires raging in the pit and a waxing moon rising high, summer nights on…

  • Watts Labor Community Action Committee

    Los Angeles

    Watts was around the epicenter of two sets of LA riots – first in 1965 and then in 1992 – when this vibrant community and cultural center was burned to…

  • Leimert Park

    Los Angeles

    The soft lilt of a saxophone purrs from a storefront. Excited chatter streams from a coffee house. The savory aroma of barbecue wafts into the steamy…

  • LA Louver

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    The best art gallery in Venice, and arguably the best in LA, LA Louver was established by Peter Gouls in 1975, and since 1994 has been housed in a…

  • Venice Reconstituted

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Perhaps Venice's signature mural, it depicts an updated version of Botticelli's Birth of Venus, painted by Rip Cronk in 1989.

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

    Los Angeles

    Dinos to diamonds, bears to beetles, hissing roaches to African elephants – this museum will take you around the world and back, through millions of years…

  • Hollywood walk of fame

    Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Hollywood

    Big Bird, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and Aretha Franklin are among the more than 2600 stars of big and small screens and the music industry being sought out…

  • A family takes an early evening stroll along Redondo Beach in Los Angeles.

    Redondo Beach Pier

    South Bay Beaches

    Arching from the bottom of Torrance Blvd all the way to King Harbor, this classic 1960s multilevel beast is the Redondo hub, with plenty of pierside…

  • Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach

    South Bay Beaches

    If Manhattan Beach had its own magazine, it would surely be called Gorgeous Living. Classy beachside cottages, bougainvillea-lined walk streets, bustling…

  • Whitley Heights

    Hollywood

    For a taste of Old Hollywood, wander the narrow, winding streets of Whitley Heights, a residential preservation zone bordered by Franklin Ave to the south…

  • Hermosa Beach

    South Bay Beaches

    Strolling down Hermosa Beach’s Pier Ave on a summer weekend, you’re immediately struck by two things: everybody’s wearing flip-flops, tiny tees and a tan,…

  • Wende Museum

    Los Angeles

    Newly housed in the former National Guard Armory, this under-the-radar museum stands out for its vast, yet niche collection. German for 'turning point',…

  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    Hollywood

    Paradisiacal landscaping, vainglorious tombstones and epic mausoleums set an appropriate resting place for some of Hollywood's most iconic dearly departed…

  • Hayden Tract

    Los Angeles

    Architecture fans gravitate to the block where Eric Owen Moss has turned a worn-out industrial compound into a hub of avant-garde architecture. Start with…

  • Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    No matter your religious persuasion, any negative vibes seem to disappear while strolling through these uplifting meditation gardens. Paths meander around…

  • Ballona Wetlands

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    These last remaining wetlands in LA County are home to at least 200 migrating and resident bird species, including the great blue heron. Their habitat,…

  • Mar Vista Tract

    Los Angeles

    Aficionados of mid-century architecture will appreciate the Mar Vista Tract, bordered by Palms Blvd, Marco Pl, Beethoven St and Meier St. The first…

  • Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens

    Los Angeles

    About 1.5 miles inland from central Avalon, this nearly-38-acre park emphasizes indigenous California plants: agave, aloe, Catalina cherry, cedar, island…

  • Pepperdine University

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Self-assuredly holding court on 830 acres atop a grassy slope down to the ocean where deer graze at sundown, this private, Christian institution has views…

  • Hancock Park & Larchmont Village

    Hollywood

    LA has gorgeous homes galore, but there’s nothing quite like the old-money mansions flanking the tree-lined streets of Hancock Park, a genteel…

  • Villa Aurora

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Built in 1928 in the hills above Sunset Blvd, this was the home of Jewish-German novelist and intellectual Lion Feuchtwanger (1888–1958) and his wife…

  • Exposition Park

    Los Angeles

    A quick jaunt south of Downtown LA by Metro Expo Line or DASH bus, the family-friendly Exposition Park began as an agricultural fairground in 1872 then…

  • Catalina Island Museum

    Los Angeles

    Opened in a spiffy new building in 2016, this museum has a permanent collection showcasing Catalina's history from the province of the indigenous people…

  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

    Los Angeles

    Built in 1923, this grand stadium hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games, the 1959 baseball World Series and two Super Bowls, is the temporary home…

  • Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Los Angeles

    Nope, this kooky museum has nothing to do with dinosaurs and even less to do with technology. Instead you’ll find madness nibbling at your synapses as you…

  • Pantages Theatre

    Hollywood

    Scottish architect Benjamin Marcus Priteca designed this 1930 survivor, the last theater commissioned by Greek-born theater magnate Alexander Pantages…

  • Redondo & Torrance Beaches

    South Bay Beaches

    Redondo Beach is a working-class beach town, the largest in the South Bay and the most ethnically diverse. As it wanders inland it bleeds into neighboring…