Must-see attractions in Los Angeles

  • Tower Theatre

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    The world’s first talkie, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, premiered here in 1927. The first theater designed by celebrated architect S Charles Lee,…

  • Via Rodeo

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    One of the most popular corners of Rodeo Dr is this kitschy, cobbled outdoor mall, lined with mock-European facades and home to a small but exclusive…

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Operated by Caltech, JPL is NASA’s main center for robotic exploration of the solar system. It's about 7 miles north of the main Caltech campus. It’s best…

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


    Life’s pretty strange and it’ll feel stranger still after you’ve visited Ripley’s, where exhibits range from the gross to the grotesque. If shrunken heads…

  • Colorado St Bridge

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Spanning some 150ft above and nearly 1500ft across the Arroyo Seco, this stunning bridge was the world's tallest concrete bridge when it was completed in…

  • Bunker Hill Steps

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    The US Bank Tower abuts the Bunker Hill Steps, a cheesy set-piece staircase (there's an escalator, too) that links 5th St with the Wells Fargo Center and…

  • African American Firefighter Museum

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Dedicated to the history of African-American firefighters, this humble museum has the usual assortment of vintage engines and uniforms, as well as an 1890…

  • Grand Park

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Everything from free lunchtime yoga to music concerts and long days of lounging and people-watching takes place at this preened Downtown park, cascading…

  • Flower Market

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Cut flowers at cut-rate prices are the lure here, where a few dollars gets you armloads of Hawaiian ginger or sweet roses, a potted plant or elegant…

  • Scorpion

    Long Beach & San Pedro

    This Cold War–era Soviet submarine is moored alongside the Queen Mary. As you scramble around, imagine how 78 crew shared 27 bunks and two bathrooms,…

  • SS Lane Victory

    Long Beach & San Pedro

    If you enjoy clambering around old ships, visit this museum vessel that sailed the seven seas from 1945 to 1971. Self-guided tours take in the engine room…

  • La Placita

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Founded as La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles (Our Lady the Queen of the Angels Church) in 1781, and now affectionately known as la…

  • California Plaza

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    MOCA Grand is dwarfed by the soaring California Plaza office towers. The outdoor water-court amphitheater is host to Grand Performances, which is one of…

  • Will Rogers Ranch House

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    The 31-room home where cowboy-turned-entertainer and humanitarian Will Rogers lived from 1928 until his untimely death in 1935 opens for tours. It's in…

  • Chinese American Museum

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Follow the red lanterns to the small 1890 Garnier Building, once the unofficial Chinatown ‘city hall'. Changing exhibits highlight various historical,…

  • Anderton Court

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Rodeo Dr is home to Frank Lloyd Wright's 1953 commercial-residential creation Anderton Court. The complex features an angular ramp leading up and around a…

  • Los Angeles Live Steamers

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Just east of Travel Town is this group of local folks with a passion for scale-model locomotives. On Sunday afternoons they offer rides on their one…

  • Rose Garden

    Los Angeles

    This stately garden in front of the California Science Center opened to the public in 1928 and today displays 145 varieties of plants.

  • Plaza Firehouse

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    The city’s oldest fire station (1884) is now a one-room museum filled with dusty old fire-fighting equipment and photographs.

  • Broad Art Center

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Designed by Richard Meier, the Broad Art Center houses the UCLA visual-arts programs and an MFA student gallery.

  • Williamson Gallery

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Gallery on the Art Center College of Design campus.

  • Fisherman’s Village

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Most boats, including party fishing boats and winter whale-watching boats, leave from this kitschy strip of candy-colored cottages filled with tacky gift…

  • Dunbar Hotel

    Los Angeles

    The Dunbar was a luxury hotel built in 1928 in this predominantly African-American neighborhood, at a time when segregation barred African-Americans from…

  • Ports O’Call Village

    Long Beach & San Pedro

    Shrieking gulls and excited children animate this aging shopping district filled with trinket stores (which you can safely skip) en route to copious meals…

  • Rialto Theatre

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    The theater where Mia and Seb went to the movies in La La Land has been closed since 2007 (talk about movie magic!), but locals remain nostalgic for this…

  • Janes House


    The last remaining Victorian home on Hollywood Blvd, built in 1903, and the former site of Miss Janes’ School, which was attended by the children of old…

  • Charles Greene's Former Private Residence

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    This is the former home of one of Pasadena's great architects, whose works include the Gamble House, designed with his brother Henry.

  • Leimert Park Plaza

    Los Angeles

    This park sits at the southern end of Leimert Park, though its appeal is diminished by the constant swirl of traffic on busy Crenshaw Blvd to the west.

  • Pasadena City Hall

    Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Pasadena's 1927 city hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and a prime example of California Mediterranean-style architecture.

  • Green Hills Memorial Park

    Long Beach & San Pedro

    Among the 'residents' of this cemetery is Charles Bukowski, buried in plot number 875 of the Ocean View section.

  • Academy Museum

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    The future home of the museum of the Oscars is scheduled to open in late 2019.

  • Veterans Park

    South Bay Beaches

    Come here for the weekly farmers market, Thursdays 8am to 1pm.