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Top Choice Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

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 (any o…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

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 ho…
Top Choice Museum in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

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 impres…
Top Choice Museum in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

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 di…
Top Choice Gay & Lesbian in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Abbey

It's been called the best gay bar in the world, and who are we to argue? Once a humble coffee house, the Abbey has expanded into WeHo’s bar/club/restaurant of record. It has so many different-flavored martinis and m…
Top Choice Music in Greater Palm Springs

Coachella Music & Arts Festival

Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club over two weekends in April, this is one of the hottest indie-music festivals of its kind featuring major headliners and the stars of tomorrow. Get tickets early or forget about it.
Top Choice Amusement Park in Northern Orange County

Knott’s Berry Farm

Old West–themed Knott's Berry Farm often teems with packs of speed-crazed adolescents testing their mettle on an intense lineup of thrill rides. Gut-wrenchers include the wooden GhostRider and the '50s-themed Xceler…
Top Choice Zoo in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting, typically in enclosures that replicate their …
Top Choice Cathedral 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 Jos…
Top Choice Museum in West Hollywood & Mid-City

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 Chi…