What to do in Los Angeles
What to do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museums
LACMA | Mid-Wilshire
Known for its iconic entrance installation Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around LA, this is the largest art museum in the western United States. The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), is also known for its confounding collection of over 150,000 works, featuring and incredible collection of modern artworks distributed over three floors. Additionally, you'll also find film and concert series. Given its scope, this is a multi-visit kind of place, so plan ahead on what you'll want to see.
Natural History Museum | Exposition Park
The first museum building in LA, this Beaux Arts structure (NHM) opened in 1913 along wth Exposition Park where it currently resides. Perfect for a day out with your family, the six-story glass entrance welcomes you with 63-foot-long fin whale skeleton. With nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts covering about 4.5 billion years of history, their is lots to see. Be sure not to miss the Gem & Mineral hall for a grandiose display of dinosaur fossils along with the 3.5-acre Nature Gardens.
Getty Center | Brentwood
If you're anything like us, you will be starstruck by the artwork here. A hilltop acropolis, the structure was originally designed as a home for the contents J. Paul Getty Trust. It is now an awe inspiring white metal-clad complex resembling a monastic temple with six pavilions, each housing permanent collections and temporary exhibits. With an airy lobby and a luminous rotunda opening into a beautiful fountain-filled gardens overlooking a heart-staggering view of the city from on high, the Getty Center is no ordinary museum.
Griffith Observatory | Griffith Park
Another beautiful structure and more beautiful views. This stunning Art Deco structure is a favored spot for tourist and locals alike. Watch the sun burn away beyond the vast city view or explore the halls for a high-tech Planetarium and a Tesla coil and seismograph in the basement. Add to the experience by taking the observatory's entrance onto the hiking trail towards the famed Hollywood sing.
Hammer Museum | Westwood
Featuring varied shows of modern art, photography and design to video installations to American comic art, the Hammer also offers a continuos schedule of fascinating public events: concerts, lectures, film screenings and other varied performances. But perhaps our personal love for it comes from its having one the most astounding collections of Impressionist art featuring works from Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, and others. For any lover of the style this is a sine qua non experience you should not miss.
Los Angeles Shopping
Shopping your way through Los Angeles might actually be one way to explore the city, although it might also be a quick way to break the bank. Either way, this is the city Hollywood and well...needless to say, an epicenter of high end fashion and designer shopping. So let's skip right to it.
Rodeo Drive | Beverly Hills
For high-end fashion stores, or even if you’re up for some good window-shopping, think of it like NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is the quintessential hors-d'oeuvre of luxury retail. From Van Cleef & Arpels to Gucci, Saint Laurent, Prada, Chanel and more, leisurely strolling down Rodeo Drive in your finest garbs—satin bags in hand and on your way to lunch like the average local is a feat of finesse. And guilty-as-charged tourist attraction.
Third Street Promenade | Santa Monica
Santa Monica's prominent upscale shopping and dining destination features a milieu of stores, from designer to boutique and department stores. With the Pier at walking distance and plenty of good eateries and bars nearby, the Third Street Promenade is a good option for some strolling around and spontaneous shopping.
Abbot Kinney | Venice Beach
A mile long stretch of eclectic and sometimes quirky boutiques. Abbot Kinney is more about the essential experience of browsing the artsy wares, trying the local cafes, picking up a few unique pieces and going for the local as opposed to the commercial. Either way this is an elemental Los Angeles experience. On a side note Venice also hosts the Abbot Kinney First Fridays: a free to attend event that supports local businesses.
Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles
One of the more unique LA shopping options, drive up to West Hollywood's Design District on Melrose Avenue to find everything from high fashion to trendy urban wear. Melrose might be just about the only place a white gala dress just as soon as you'll run into the perfect gilded punk garbs. Don't forget to check out the endless eating options and while you're at it, be sure to stop by Fred Segal and the famed consignment shop Decades Inc for some vintage couture.
Robertson Boulevard | Los Angeles
If you haven't gotten your dose of celebrity-spotting yet, West Hollywood’s Robertson Boulevard ought to suffice. This celebrity favored area is home to a long list of boutique stores and high-end retail giants. Linger on and dine at one of the many popular restaurants like The Ivy, also, another celebrity favorite.
Los Angeles Activities
Clicking selfies with ‘stars’ and celebrity spotting apart, Los Angeles has many ways to pass the time, from art walks to some more art, scenic drives and awesome hikes.
For a sense of scope, the library which is open only to researchers holds more than 6M items including a Gutenberg Bible and the Arts Collection is equally noteworthy. But if all you have is one day, be sure to know what you'll see, our preference is their vast, 207 acres of botanical gardens which includes the century old Desert Garden.
Warner Brothers Studio | Studio City
The Warner Bros. studios offers guided tours that take you through the sets of currently running TV shows and past movies. Also on display are props used in the Harry Potter and Batman movies and even the ‘Central Perk" set of the TV show, Friends.
Los Angeles Art Walks | Los Angeles
Los Angeles has plenty of organized art walks where participants can visit gallery openings and take tours held the second Thursday of every month. For people looking to embrace a more free-spirited, street-art kind of walk, the Venice Art Crawl hosted quarterly on third Thursdays, celebrates the colorful neighborhood’s independent artists.
Los Angeles Hikes and Parks | Los Angeles
Franklin Canyon Park and Runyon Canyon are great options to escape the bustling city into the appeasing silence of nature, not to mention get a good workout and days hike. Runyon Canyon also has an off-leash policy, in case you're traveling with a pet, and is frequented by celebrities.
Los Angeles Scenic Drives | Los Angeles
Los Angeles is blessed to have some of the most good looking drives in the world (thank you Pacific Coast!). So you can happily drive through rows of palm trees or gape at the sharp bends falling off into secluded beaches along the coast. Our favorites include:
- Mulholland Drive: a must do for anyone with a car in Los Angeles, whether you’re a fan of the cult movie or not. 55 miles of beautiful scenic views and some exclusive homes make for a thoroughly scenic drive.
- The Pacific Coast High (or Highway 1): stretches from Santa Monica along the edge of California passing Getty Centre and beautiful the Malibu until Point Mugu.
- Palos Verdes Drive: lies just outside of the city limits and rest assured, you will be wowed.