Must-see attractions in Los Angeles

  • South Venice Beach

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    South of Washington Blvd, the throng dissipates and the golden sands unfurl in a more pristine manner. Waves roll in consistently and are ideal for…

  • Hollywood Bowl Museum


    The Bowl (as it's affectionately known around town) enjoys a glamorous history, and this is where you can literally listen to it, and watch it. Classic…

  • Heritage Classics

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Motorcar eye candy is yours at this showroom of rare and restored gems from newish Bentleys to classic Corvettes and Porsches, to old muscle cars and wood…

  • Leo Carrillo State Park

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Families love this summer-camp-style beach with enough stimulating tide pools, cliff caves, nature trails and great swimming and surfing to tire out even…

  • Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    This art museum on the Pepperdine University campus hosts temporary exhibits of mostly 20th-century art (Claes Oldenburg, Dale Chihuly, Roy Liechtenstein…

  • Travel Town

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    This delightful rail yard displays dozens of vintage railcars and locomotives, the oldest from 1864. Kids are all smiles imagining themselves as engineers…

  • California African American Museum

    Los Angeles

    CAAM does an excellent job of showcasing African-American artists and the African-American experience, with a special focus on California and LA. Exhibits…

  • Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium

    South Bay Beaches

    At this compact aquarium at the end of the 928ft-long Manhattan Beach Pier, you can pet a slimy sea cucumber, check out the deep-ocean tank with its…

  • Jadis

    Santa Monica

    Don’t miss this homespun, steampunk-paradise museum and shop, grinding with old gears and spare-part robots, antique clocks, concept planes and cars, old…

  • Inspiration Point

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    One of the highlights of Will Rogers State Park, with views across the city and ocean.

  • Axiom Gallery

    Santa Monica

    This spacious contemporary-art gallery featuring sculpture and canvases spread over two rooms always makes for a fun wander.

  • Village at Ed Gould Plaza


    One of several branches of LA's LGBT center, the Village has art galleries, a theater and other cultural offerings.

  • Venice Beach Art Walls

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    These walls, right on the beach, have been covered by generations of graffiti artists from 1961 to the present.

  • Jim Morrison Mural

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Epic 30ft-high portrait of one-time Venice resident Jim Morrison of the rock band The Doors, by Rip Cronk.

  • Abbot Kinney Mural

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    A 30ft-high portrait of Venice's founder, by Rip Cronk.

  • Pershing Square

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    LA’s first public park in 1866, Pershing Sq is now a postmodern concrete patch enlivened by public art, summer concerts and a holiday-season ice rink…

  • Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Aptly located inside Italian Hall – built in 1908 as a social hub for the area's Italian community – this small, interactive museum sheds light on the oft…

  • Rose Bowl Stadium

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    One of LA’s most venerable landmarks, the 1922 Rose Bowl Stadium can seat up to 93,000 spectators and has its moment in the sun every New Year’s Day when…

  • Barnsdall Art Park

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    This promontory of a park, with views northwest to the Hollywood sign and northeast to the Griffith Observatory, makes a fine urban sunbathing spot. The…

  • Self Realization Fellowship

    Los Angeles

    When Parmanhansa Yogananda first came to LA from India in the 1920s to spread his yoga love, he set up shop at this beautiful estate, which remains a…

  • Malibu Colony

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Malibu has been celebrity central since the 1930s, when money troubles forced landowner May Rindge to lease out property to her famous Hollywood buds…

  • Chinatown

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Walk north from El Pueblo and you'll breach the dragon gates. After being forced to make room for Union Station, the Chinese resettled a few blocks north…

  • Richard H Chambers Courthouse

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    On the National Register of Historic Places, this Spanish Colonial Revival–style tower was built during the 1920s and '30s as a resort hotel, sat…

  • MacArthur Park

    Westlake & Koreatown

    The centerpiece of MacArthur Park is its 14ft-deep lake. Originally a swamp, the lake reached 6th St before the extension of Wilshire Blvd sliced right…

  • Old Plaza

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    El Pueblo’s central, magnolia-shaded square is crowned by a pretty wrought-iron gazebo. Sleepy and a little sketchy during the week, it often turns into a…

  • Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Home to 1100 finned, feathered and furry friends from more than 250 species, the LA Zoo rarely fails to enthrall the little ones. Adults who have been to…

  • Sunset Gower Studios


    When Nestor Film Company moved to the corner of Sunset and Gower in 1911 it became the Sunset Gower Studios, which birthed Columbia Pictures when the Cohn…

  • América Tropical Interpretive Center

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Everyone from Hollywood stars to LA intellectuals attended the 1932 unveiling of América Tropical, a rooftop mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of…

  • Central Avenue

    Los Angeles

    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Central Ave was the lifeblood of LA’s African-American community, not by choice but because segregation laws kept black…

  • Hollywood & Vine


    If you'd turned on the radio in the 1920s and '30s, chances were you’d hear a broadcast ‘brought to you from Hollywood and Vine’. Thanks to a mega…

  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    This salty marsh is where Malibu Creek meets the ocean, attracting migratory birds and their human admirers. It underwent a major native-species…

  • Beverly Canon Gardens

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Radiating a Spanish Colonial vibe, this soothing courtyard garden connects Beverly Dr with Canon. It was built by the developers of the Montage to create…

  • Sunset Bronson Studios


    Jack Warner founded Sunset Bronson in 1919, building his studio on old farmland. It was here that Warner and Zanuck shot Rin Tin Tin (1924), the film's…

  • University of Southern California

    Los Angeles

    George Lucas, John Wayne and Neil Armstrong are among the famous alumni of this well-respected private university, founded in 1880, just north of…

  • Olvera Street

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    The block-long, pedestrianized 'birthplace of Los Angeles' (circa 1781) may now be a festive Mexican marketplace with gaudy decorations and souvenir…

  • Beverly Hills High School

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Alumni of the only major public school in Beverly Hills include rockers Slash and Lenny Kravitz, and actors Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Cage, Richard…

  • Mack & Jackie Robinson Memorial

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    This pair of giant heads depicts the Robinson brothers, groundbreaking athletes who spent their formative years here in Pasadena. Jackie (1919–72) gained…

  • Tom of Finland House

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    This craftsman cottage was once home to artist Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), internationally renowned for his illustrations of well-endowed,…