Sights

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

One of the most delightful, inspirational spots in LA, the Huntington is rightly a highlight of any trip to California thanks to a world-class mix of art, literary history and over 120 acres of themed gardens...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Broad

Broad

From the instant it opened in September 2015, the Broad (rhymes with 'road') became a must-visit for contemporary-art fans. It houses the world-class collection of local philanthropist and billionaire real-estate...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Getty Center

Getty Center

In its billion-dollar, in-the-clouds perch, high above the city grit and grime, the Getty Center presents triple delights: a stellar art collection (everything from medieval triptychs to baroque sculpture and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

LA's landmark 1935 observatory opens a window onto the universe from its perch on the southern slopes of Mt Hollywood. Its planetarium claims the world’s most advanced star projector, while its astronomical touch...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

LA is unlike any other city, and this cathedral is unlike any other cathedral. Seat of the US's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese (some five million people), opened in 2002 and designed by the Spanish architect...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

City Hall

Until 1966 no LA building stood taller than the 1928 City Hall, which appeared in the Superman TV series and 1953 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds. On clear days you’ll have views of the city, the mountains and...

Top ChoiceArea in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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 seaside Melrose with a Venetian flavor, the mile-long...

Top ChoiceMuseum in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The depth and wealth of the collection at the largest museum in the western US is stunning. LACMA holds all the major players – Rembrandt, Cézanne, Magritte, Mary Cassatt, Ansel Adams – plus millennia's worth of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Museum of Tolerance

Run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this powerful, deeply moving museum uses interactive technology to engage visitors in discussion and contemplation around racism and bigotry. Particular focus is given to the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Petersen Automotive Museum

A four-story ode to the auto, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a treat even for those who can’t tell a piston from a carburetor. A headlights-to-brake-lights futuristic makeover (by Kohn Pederson Fox) in late...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Getty Villa

Getty Villa

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 Etruscan antiquities. Dating back 7000 years, they were...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Exposition Park & South LA

Watts Towers

Watts Towers

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 out ‘to make something big’ and then spent 33 years cobbling...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Hollywood

TCL Chinese Theatre

TCL Chinese Theatre

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 forecourt of this world-famous movie palace, opened in...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but has also hosted contemporary bands such as Phoenix, and classic jazz...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gamble House

This mansion in northwest central Pasadena has been called one of the 10 most architecturally significant homes in America. The 1908 masterpiece of California arts-and-crafts architecture was built by Charles and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Hollywood

Hollywood Museum

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 housed inside the Max Factor Building, built in 1914 and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Long Beach & San Pedro

Battleship Iowa

This WWII to Cold War–era battleship is now permanently moored in San Pedro Bay and open to visitors as a museum. It's massive – 887ft long (that's 5ft longer than Titanic) and about as tall as an 18-story...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

MOCA Grand

MOCA's superlative art collection focuses mainly on works created from the 1940s to the present. There's no shortage of luminaries, among them Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, Willem de Kooning, Joseph Cornell and David...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

OUE Skyspace LA

Perched atop the city's tallest building to roof level, this is LA's loftiest observation deck, offering knockout views of LA, its hills, ocean and distant mountains. The experience begins with interactive...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Venice Boardwalk

Venice Boardwalk

Life in Venice moves to a different rhythm and nowhere more so than on the famous Venice Boardwalk, officially known as Ocean Front Walk. It’s a freak show, a human zoo and a wacky carnival alive with Hula-Hoop...