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Los Angeles Guide

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Best of Los Angeles

3 days in Los Angeles
3 days in Los Angeles

A tour of the top sights in Los Angeles and vicinity. The tour includes major attractions from Hollywood, downtown, western Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Venice Beach.

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Family-friendly Los Angeles

Los Angeles for young kids
Los Angeles for young kids

Outings for families with young children. Options include interactive museum spaces and outdoor activities.

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Los Angeles on a budget

Los Angeles for free
Los Angeles for free

Some of the most iconic sites in Los Angeles are free or charge only for parking. Options include Venice Beach, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Park Observatory and the Original Farmers Market and the Grove.

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Insiders' Los Angeles

Los Angeles off the beaten path
Los Angeles off the beaten path

Lesser-known and unusual attractions in the Los Angeles area. Sights include specialized museums, historic sites and architectural gems.

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Getaways from Los Angeles

Daytrips from Los Angeles
Daytrips from Los Angeles

Southern California's beaches, deserts and missions are easily accessible within an hour or two from Los Angeles. The city of Long Beach is about an hour away, with access to the Catalina Express service to Catalina Island, the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific and Scorpion Submarine. About an hour to the south is Disneyland Resorts, with two theme parks, entertainment, shopping and dining.

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EveryTrail
Downtown, Olvera Street and Union Station
Downtown, Olvera Street and Union Station

The tour explores the public buildings within the heart of the Los Angeles Civic Center district. Starting at the Civic Center Metro Station, it includes a visit to the observation deck of City Hall,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Los Angeles Tour: Hollywood
Los Angeles Tour: Hollywood

The arrival of motion picture studios in the 1910’s turned this once sleepy hamlet of citrus groves into “Tinseltown”–the original nerve center of the film industry. Since then, the neighborhood has...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Los Angeles Tour: Mid-Wilshire
Los Angeles Tour: Mid-Wilshire

Wilshire Boulevard cuts a wide swath through the city, running from Downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At its approximate midpoint (between Western Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard, aka the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Exploring Museum Row
Exploring Museum Row

Museum Row on the Miracle Mile houses a handful of L.A.’s most popular museums on a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.

A “Museum Row on the Miracle Mile” sign...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory

As the largest municipal park with urban wilderness areas in the country, Griffith Park is easily a destination in itself. Much more than a city park, this urban parkland has numerous trails and...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Inspiration Loop Trail
Inspiration Loop Trail

The Inspiration Loop Trail provides a great opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and quickly escape into the Santa Monica Mountains. Thanks to the generous gift of Betty Rogers...

Rated 2 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike

A great easy to moderate hike if you are visiting or new in town with great views of the Hollywood sign. The total hike is a little over 4 miles and will take about 1-2 hours depending on your hiking...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
How to bargain shop on the cheap at Universal Citywalk in Hollywood!!
How to bargain shop on the cheap at Universal Citywalk in Hollywood!!

I and my friends love Universal CityWalk! But I don't love the high prices! I've been coming here for over 7 years (I'm 11) with my family, and we have learned some tricks on how to save a buck here...

Los Angeles Tour: Venice
Los Angeles Tour: Venice

Venice began in 1905 as a beach resort modeled after Venice, Italy, but today there's nothing “copycat” about it. Its mash-up of offbeat hippie characters, hardcore skateboarders, avant-garde artists...

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Touring Little Tokyo
Touring Little Tokyo

The next time you've got a craving for tasty sushi, tempura, sake or some other Japanese dish, head over to Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. Here's where you'll find authentic and reasonably...

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Los Angeles Culinary Tour
Los Angeles Culinary Tour

Many of today’s food trends took root in L.A.: the devotion to local, seasonal ingredients, readily available from year-round farmers’ markets. The eschewing of stiff Continental formality. (Your...

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Los Angeles Tour: Los Feliz
Los Angeles Tour: Los Feliz

As an early site of Hollywood film studios and a longtime favorite roost for celebrities, Los Feliz has seen its share of Tinseltown glamour. But the eminently walk-able enclave retains a certain...

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Navigating Venice Beach
Navigating Venice Beach

People from all over the world flock here to hang out at funky Venice Beach. It's a casual, trendy community with great beaches, restaurants and shopping. Situated between Santa Monica to the north...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Traipsing through Time at the Getty Center
Traipsing through Time at the Getty Center

Travel back in time through the works of famous artists at the Getty Center, perched on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains about 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The museum's...

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Downtown Art, Architecture and Culture
Downtown Art, Architecture and Culture

This tour covers some of the highlights of the new art and architecture that have transformed downtown Los Angeles since redevelopment officially began in 1959. Sites include the new Cathedral of Our...

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Los Angeles Tour: Downtown
Los Angeles Tour: Downtown

With the arrival of sports and arts institutions, mushrooming of hip boutiques and cafés catering to loft dwellers, and construction of new municipal rail lines over the past couple of decades,...

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Driving Tour of Los Angeles Canyons
Driving Tour of Los Angeles Canyons

In the 1960s, Laurel Canyon was simply "the canyon." It was where kids climbed steep streets on bikes and built forts in the eucalyptus-scented hills. A few locals were becoming known as artists--Ed...

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Los Angeles Tour: Brentwood
Los Angeles Tour: Brentwood

With exclusive foothill real estate, proximity to ocean breezes, and a small-town-meets-Tinseltown vibe, Brentwood is a neighborhood that epitomizes the Los Angeles good life. Plenty of the most...

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The Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip

No tourist trip to Los Angeles would be complete without taking in the sights of the Sunset Strip--especially if you're looking to experience some L.A. nightlife. With a history that changes with the...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Strolling Hollywood Boulevard with Kids
Strolling Hollywood Boulevard with Kids

Hollywood--nicknamed Tinseltown--might sound more glamorous than it looks (at least to first-time visitors). But while chances are slim you'll spot celebrities (although it could happen), there's a...

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Essential Los Angeles
Essential Los Angeles

In a groundswell of appreciation for historic buildings, revitalized neighborhoods, and seasoned practitioners of modest arts, the city of forever young is flouting the old clichés.

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Perfect Day

Santa Monica - A Perfect Day (ElleBeinLA, 29 May 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
San Pedro - DO IT! (freebiegrabber, 10 Feb 2010)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
DIY Los Angeles Tour for the first-timer (CAbeachLover, 16 Sep 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 19 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Perfect B-day and Shopping Trip (Oscar A, 20 Dec 2010)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
4.0 of 5 stars 6 Votes
LA with the Top Down! (bluestarz, 11 Oct 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Best Of

5.0 of 5 stars 12 Votes
The Real LA (VC1850, 26 Nov 2007)
5.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes
4.5 of 5 stars 7 Votes

Recent Trip

Southern California Dream Vacation!!!! (EmilyMarie24, 22 Jul 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Trip Report - 10 days LA to SF (keymom, 22 Aug 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Los Angeles area themeparks (stephenstevo, 7 Aug 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote