Must-see attractions in Los Angeles

  • 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…

  • CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California.

    CBS Television City

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    North of the Farmers Market is CBS, where game shows, talk shows, soap operas and other programs are taped, often before a live audience, including the…

  • Sunset Strip

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    A visual cacophony of billboards, giant ad banners and neon signs, the sinuous stretch of Sunset Blvd running between Laurel Canyon and Doheny Dr has been…

  • 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…

  • Norton Simon Museum

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais standing guard by the entrance is only a mind-teasing overture to the full symphony of art in store at this exquisite…

  • 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…

  • Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    It’s easy to spend hours amid the global vegetation, waterfalls, spring-fed lake and historic buildings of this fantastic, rambling, 127-acre park…

  • Schindler House

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    The former home and studio of Vienna-born architect Rudolph Schindler (1887–1953) offers a fine primer on the modernist elements that so greatly…

  • Bergamot Station Arts Center

    Santa Monica

    This former rail yard has been converted to one of LA's best centers for art galleries, mostly for contemporary art. A couple dozen of them keep varying…

  • 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…

  • Kidspace Children's Museum

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Kidspace is one of the best children's museums we've seen, with hands-on exhibits, outdoor learning areas and gardens luring the single-digit set. It…

  • Santa Monica Pier Carousel

    Santa Monica

    A National Historic Landmark at the beginning of the pier, the 1916 Hippodrome building housing the carousel appeared in the movie The Sting. The 44…

  • Retro Row

    Long Beach & San Pedro

    This blocks-long stretch of 4th St is a fab destination for retro fashion, fun cafes and restaurants and an awesome art-house theater.

  • 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…

  • Interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, Los Feliz.

    Hollyhock House

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Oil heiress Aline Barnsdall commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design this hilltop arts complex and residence in 1919. With its central courtyard, porches…

  • University of California, Los Angeles

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Founded in 1919, the alma mater of Jim Morrison, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Jackie Robinson ranks among the nation’s top universities. The campus is vast:…

  • In the grounds of the 20th century Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

    Greystone Mansion & Park

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Known for inducing bouts of real-estate envy, this Tudor Revival mansion dates back to 1927. Hoover Dam architect Gordon Bernie Kaufmann designed the…

  • Union Station

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Built on the site of LA’s original Chinatown, Union Station opened in 1939 as America’s last grand rail station. It’s a glamorous exercise in Mission…

  • Hollywood walk of fame

    Hollywood Walk of Fame


    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…

  • The 19th century Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. The Bradbury was featured in the movie 'Blade Runner'.

    Bradbury Building

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Debuting in 1893, the Bradbury is one of the city's undisputed architectural jewels. Behind its robust Romanesque facade lies a whimsical galleried atrium…

  • Dodgers Stadium (home of the LA Dodgers) in Los Angeles.

    Dodger Stadium

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    LA loves its Dodgers, and the team's ballpark (circa 1962) is one of Major League Baseball’s most classic and most beautiful. It's best experienced at a…

  • Griffith Park merry-go-round.

    Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    This richly festooned 1926 merry-go-round was brought to its current home in 1937, where Walt Disney would bring his young daughters and find inspiration…

  • Palisades Park gazebo at sunset.

    Palisades Park

    Santa Monica

    Perhaps it’s appropriate that Route 66, America’s most romanticized byway, formerly ended at this gorgeous cliffside park perched dramatically on the edge…

  • United Artists Theatre

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    This gorgeous Spanish Gothic theater, with ornate stonework and stained glass, and grand, yet intricate murals by renowned theater interior designer…

  • Whitley Heights


    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…

  • California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    With 34 Nobel laureates among its faculty and alumni (not to mention that it's the fictional setting of TV's The Big Bang Theory), it’s no surprise that…

  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

    San Fernando Valley

    No matter how you feel about Ronald Reagan (1911–2004, president 1981–89), his presidential library is really quite fascinating. The main attractions are…

  • 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,…

  • El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    LA didn’t spring from the head of Hollywood directors; it was a full-blown community a good century before DW Griffith showed up. A short stroll northwest…

  • 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',…

  • Rodeo Drive

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    It might be pricey and unapologetically pretentious, but no trip to LA would be complete without a saunter along Rodeo Dr, the famous three-block ribbon…

  • Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    You'll be spending quiet time with entertainment heavyweights at this compact cemetery, hidden behind Wilshire Blvd's wall of high-rise towers. The…

  • Skirball Cultural Center

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Although it is, technically speaking, the country’s largest Jewish museum and cultural center, the Skirball has something for all. The preschool set can…

  • Eames House & Studio

    Santa Monica

    In Santa Monica Canyon, the striking Eames House and Studio, built in 1949 by design deities Charles and Ray Eames, resembles a Mondrian painting in 3-D…

  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery


    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…

  • Hammer Museum

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Originally a vanity project of the late oil tycoon Armand Hammer, this UCLA-affiliated museum has become a widely respected art space. The museum really…