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Los Angeles, California

Things To Do In Los Angeles

Located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, one-half block east of the fabled corner of Hollywood & Vine, sits the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre, one of the most iconic venues in the Western U.S. The largest and grandest of the movie palaces from Hollywood's Golden Age, the Pantages is now Southern California's preeminent showplace for blockbuster live Broadway entertainment.

6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-468-1770

One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a current seating capacity of just under 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Hollywood Bowl and its grounds are open free to the public during the daytime and during the summer months one may come and see free rehearsals during the day.

2301 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: 323-850-2000

In a city that loves its professional sports team, the Staples Center is home to four big franchises - the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. See all the action live, including many music and entertainment events.

1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-742-7100

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre is a 1,270-seat live performance venue, and one of Los Angeles' only Broadway-style theatres. Renowned for the great diversity of artists that grace its stage, the theatre hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, plays, dance performances, award shows, weddings, red carpet premiers, and film productions.

4401 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: 323-939-0126

Visitors come from all over the world to pay respects to the many actors, composers, singers, musicians, producers, writers, and directors buried at this historic cemetery. Founded in 1899, the cemetery was an integral part of the growth of early Hollywood and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: 323-469-6349

El Pueblo is a 44-acre park consisting of numerous historic buildings, museums, two beautiful outdoor plazas, and the world-famous Mexican Marketplace on colorful Olvera Street. Explore the first firehouse ever built in Los Angeles and the oldest house in the city: the Avila Adobe. Did you know El Pueblo was the site of Los Angeles' original Chinatown? Visit the Chinese American Museum to learn more.

125 Paseo De La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-628-1274

With over 4,210 acres of both natural terrain and landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is a sprawling recreational area offering plenty of opportunities to relax. Points of interest include a bird sanctuary located on Vermont Canyon Road in a wooded canyon, the Ferndell Nature Museum, views of the historic Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory, and statues throughout the park.

4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-913-4688

These renowned sidewalk stars salute the celebrities who made Hollywood great, from the silent film stars of yesteryear to the modern action heroes of today's blockbusters. The Hollywood Walk of Fame stretches 18 blocks from east to west along both sides of Hollywood Boulevard, from Gower Street (on the east) to La Brea Avenue (on the west). The Walk of Fame also extends for three blocks north to south along Vine Street, beginning at Sunset Boulevard on the south and crossing Hollywood Boulevard up to Yucca Street.

Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311

This Frank Gehry masterpiece replaced the Hollywood Sign as the city's most distinctive icon, making LA a true cultural destination. Its stainless steel curves complement the whimsical embroidery of the garden-like interior, while the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale take advantage of what critics have lauded as one of the world's most distinguished concert halls.

111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-972-7211

Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium celebrates its 33rd season as UCLA's home baseball facility in the spring of 2013, after having undergone significant renovations since 2006. Jackie Robinson Stadium hosted the NCAA Los Angeles Regional from 2010 to 2012 and the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional in 2010 and 2012, drawing crowds of over 2,000 fans. Prior to 2010, UCLA had not hosted postseason play since 1986.

100 Constitution Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-794-8210

Ever wanted to jump off a cliff with a parachute strapped to your back? Experience the feeling of flying like a bird during a tandem paragliding ride over Malibu. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary!

Take to the skies to experience Los Angeles and Hollywood in a whole new way on this exhilarating helicopter tour. Choose from three different flight itineraries to suit your interests: Fly over the glamorous Hollywood Strip, admire LA's beautiful coastal cities, or spot the luxury celebrity mansions of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. Each flight includes informative commentary from an expert pilot, and hotel pickup and drop-off is available.

Explore Los Angeles at your own pace on an extensive hop-on hop-off bus tour through the heart of Los Angeles. The open-top buses allow you to enjoy 360-degree views as you travel through LA. You have the choice of a 24- or 48-hour ticket that you can use at more then 50 stops in the City of Angels, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and Santa Monica! The tour operates 365 days a year.

Experience the best of both worlds on this semi-guided 3-day tour from Los Angeles that includes both free time in Las Vegas and a narrated bus tour at the Grand Canyon. Gamble, shop or just admire the glitz in Vegas at your leisure before heading to one of the world's most stunning natural wonders. On your escorted tour of the Grand Canyon, marvel at the views from the popular South Rim, learn about the history and geology of the canyon, and savor a buffet lunch. Round-trip transport from Los Angeles and two nights of included accommodations in Las Vegas make this tour a convenient way to check two must-see attractions off your bucket list.

Orange County's other famous amusement park started as a farm that became the birthplace of the boysenberry. Nowadays, it attracts visitors with rides that range from pint-sized adventures at Camp Snoopy to hair-raising roller coasters. Other highlights include a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall and the home-cooked chicken meals at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: 714-220-5200

Take Los Angeles' longest helicopter tour and be treated like a VIP with hotel transfers by mini-limousine! You'll see all the highlights of LA and have the option to travel in true Hollywood style with sparking wine and snacks.

Find fun for the whole family with all the best action-packed entertainment in one place. Universal Studios Hollywood features thrilling, edge-of-your-seat theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and all the shops, restaurants and cinemas you could want.

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Phone: 213-624-7300

Food & Drink In Los Angeles

Located in the heart of Silver Lake on Sunset Blvd. close to Sunset Junction, Cliff's has been a favorite of East side diners since 2004. Their team has crafted a menu of rustic, elegant food, with the emphasis on fresh, local produce, and simple preparation that enhances the bright flavors of the ingredients. The menu changes regularly, and with the seasons, while 'specials' reflect the best of the market.

3626 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 323-666-6116

Osteria Mozza is the Michelin-starred upscale sibling to the adjacent Pizzeria Mozza, both the brainchild of partners Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Anchored by Nancy's massive mozzarella bar, the soaring Osteria provides a sophisticated but lively environment to enjoy a menu inspired by her dazzling work with mozzarella and other fresh cheeses and Batali's exploits throughout Italy. The all-Italian wine list continues the tradition by offering bottlings from the country's finest producers with a focus on Piedmont, Friuli and Tuscany.

6602 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: 323-297-0100

Hailed as "the best seafood in Southern California" by the internationally recognized Zagat Guide, Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness. Fine wood, soft lighting and an intimate table arrangement create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

544 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-891-0900

This classic American steakhouse is renowned for its USDA prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, Italian dishes, the freshest of seafood, warm smiles, outstanding service and an atmosphere like no other. Located one block east of the Staples Center and housed in the historic Toy Center on the southeast corner of Flower and 11th Streets, this is one of the newest Palm locations, boasting a beautiful two-floor dining room with unique private dining rooms available.

1100 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-763-4600

This family-owned Argentine restaurant on the west side of Melrose delights carnivores and wine lovers with the flavors and romantic ambiance of old Buenos Aires. Enjoy beautifully prepared steaks, a voluminous wine list, and attentive service in a warm and inviting space.

7963 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323-655-0891

Come and see the new Ca' Brea and enjoy the aromas & flavors of Italy prepared by Antonio Tommasi, chef and founder of Locanda Veneta, Ca Del Sole, Il Moro, and Allegria. Open since 1990, Ca' Brea is renowned as one of L.A.'s finest dining destinations for superior service, creative cuisine, outstanding atmosphere and comfort.

3900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 323-938-2863

Inspired by the natural abundance of coastal living, Providence is a fine dining destination offering an array of premium wild seafood and shellfish in their purest and simplest forms. Located on Melrose Avenue in the space formerly occupied by the original Patina.

5955 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: 323-460-4170

This small plates restaurant is driven by locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Their California French cuisine was developed by Chef Suzanne Goin and has hints of Mediterranean influences. Enjoy an extensive wine selection by the glass or bottle. Reservations are encouraged.

8022 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-653-6359

Spago Beverly Hills is the foundation of Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff's fine dining group. The open-air garden is the jewel of the restaurant, featuring two imported one hundred-year-old olive trees and a sculpted granite fountain. As popular for lunch as it is dinner, Spago is famous for table-hopping, people watching and the grandest of parties.

176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-385-0880

The cooking style at La Sosta Enoteca reflects cuisine from the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Enjoy locally sourced dishes like homemade gnocchi with Maine lobster sauce, or oven-baked rack of lamb. According to the LA Times, La Sosta Enoteca is Maria Sharapova's favorite Italian restaurant in Southern California.

3713 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: 310-796-1200

The Dal Rae is the Southern California restaurant where 1950s classics still reign. Lobster Thermidor, Pepper Steak, Chateaubriand, Prime Rib, Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee prepared tableside are among more than 100 items on a truly retro menu, complete with some of the city's best martinis. Opened in 1958, the Dal Rae has maintained its original atmosphere, too, right down to a piano bar with live entertainment and a dance floor. And, most important, it has preserved a tradition otherwise found only in private clubs -- knowing its customers by name and treating them like the most important people in the whole wide world. The Dal Rae is located close to the 5 freeway and half-way between LA County, Orange County and The Valley. It is a perfect location for business meetings or entertaining friends and family.

9023 East Washington Boulevard
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: 562-949-2444

This jewel in Santa Monica has been wowing critics since 1991. With daily specials reflecting the seasonal changes, including white truffles, fresh game, and European fish, Drago radiates understated, casual elegance.

2628 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: 310-828-1585

With Kids In Los Angeles

Hollywood Reservoir (Lake Hollywood) is circled by a paved service road that walkers, joggers, and bikers can use to get lakeside exercise with Hollywood views. The reservoir is located in the hills west of Griffith Park below Cahuenga Peak and Mount Lee. There are numerous views of the Hollywood Sign on the easy, 3.5-mile loop. Unfortunately, most views of the reservoir come through chain-link fences that separate the trail from the water everywhere except Mulholland Dam, which offers clear, classic views across the lake toward the Hollywood Sign.

2600 Lake Hollywood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: 323-463-0830

The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles. The Zimmer features hands-on exhibits for children ages 0-8 and interactive spaces for learning, play, imagination, and exploration in creative and inspiring settings.

6505 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-761-8984

Nightlife In Los Angeles

Sit amidst skyscrapers and stunning views of downtown LA at the Rooftop Bar. Try to snag a spot at a vibrating waterbed pod for the ultimate chic experience.

550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-892-8080

This Hollywood sleeper is all about intimacy. The tiny stage and snug tables create the perfect setting to hear up-and-coming singer/songwriter types before they hit the Billboard charts.

1623 1/2 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040

Practically ingrained into the history of downtown LA, this bar/lounge retains old-school charm and spices up its retro atmosphere with a modern food and cocktail menu.

108 West Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-613-0000

Enjoy the romance of Los Angeles on a helicopter tour and get the experience of a lifetime! For 30 minutes (approximately) you will fly over a variety of Los Angeles' most well-known sights. Get up close and personal with the "motherboard" of Los Angeles. See the beautiful array of lights from the sky scraper in downtown LA over to the searchlights gazing in Hollywood. See the Staples Center, Hollywood Strip, The Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air...it's your call, let us take you where you want to go.

Don't miss Brandy Clark at The Hotel Cafe.

Phone: 323-461-2040

Don't miss Marc Scibilia at The Hotel Cafe. Marc Scibilia is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Buffalo, New York, currently based in East Nashville, Tennessee.

Phone: 323-461-2040

Shopping In Los Angeles

Always hip and trendy (but certainly not snobby), cult favorite boutiques such as Polkadots and Moonbeams, Zipper and Milk keep shoppers busy for days.

West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-624-7300

Kitson, Lisa Kline, Les Habitudes. This strip is the celebrity shopping preference, which means you'll find that dress Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars here.

Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-624-7300

This tourist mainstay may be crowded, but who's complaining with Louis Vuitton and Polo Ralph Lauren right next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-467-6412

This bohemian-style shopping area in Venice features a mix of vintage surf apparel and upscale boutiques, but the common denominator here is the cutting-edge trends.

Between Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 310-399-4186

Probably the most prestigious shopping street in the world, Rodeo Drive encompasses three blocks in the heart of Beverly Hills which anchor a larger shopping and entertainment district. Explore the ultimate in luxury boutiques, upscale restaurants, and exclusive events ranging from luxurious jewelry festivals to seasonal holiday spectaculars.

Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-271-8174

The inaugural Santa Monica Farmer's Market opened in 1981 with goals of providing reasonably priced, high quality produce. Today, the Wednesday Farmer's Market is widely recognized as one of the largest and most diverse grower-only CFMs in the nation. Some 9,000 food shoppers, and many of Los Angeles' best known chefs and restaurants, are keyed to the seasonal rhythms of the weekly Wednesday Market, and other markets are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Arizona Avenue at 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401