Weekend City Picks: Los Angeles

Discover star-studded streets, sprawling parks, sophisticated shopping, scenic hiking trails and some of the best Mexican food north of the border. Get to know Los Angeles and Hollywood.
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Arts & Entertainment

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum Of Art)

The striking exterior installation “Urban Light” constructed with 200 restored cast iron street lamps is but one of the treasures you’ll find wandering LACMA. Screenings, events and regularly changing exhibits make this a destination worth visiting more than once. 

The Getty

 
Take the monorail ride up to the Getty Center and prepare to be wowed. The museum’s hilltop location encircled by extensive gardens and grounds for wandering means you can spend an afternoon absorbed in beauty without ever entering the galleries.

MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art)

Los Angeles’ only museum dedicated to contemporary art, MOCA’s downtown location on Grand Street has one of the nation’s most impressive permanent collections.

Pantages Theatre

A former movie palace from Hollywood’s golden era, The Pantages is home to touring Broadway productions like “Wicked,” “Book of Mormon” and “Newsies.”

Hollywood Bowl

Incredible acoustics, top-quality food and beverage vendors, on-site wine and picnicking grounds make the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States the perfect evening destination.

Food & Drink

Son Of A Gun

Chefs and Co-owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo take a nontraditional approach to seafood favorites at this cozy 3rd street destination, where the craft cocktail list is as impressive and detail-oriented as the dishes.  Don’t miss the garlicky, melty shrimp toast or the bracing Negroni Sbagliato.

Ricky’s Fish Taco

 
If you didn’t eat fish tacos, did you really go to LA? Ricky’s truck in an east Hollywood parking lot is as good as it gets. Around and adored since 2010, Ricky’s serves only two tacos: fish and shrimp. The batter is perfectly fried, never soggy, and the fish is the freshest in town.

The Ivy

On the other end of the price spectrum, Beverly Hills icon and entertainment industry mainstay The Ivy turns out beautiful Italian-inspired dishes in a cozy, charming environment. 
 

Family

La Brea Tar Pits

 
Take a tour of the most famous fossil-excavation site in the world and see paleontologists in action, cleaning and repairing their discoveries. 

Studio Tours

See where the magic actually happens, behind the scenes at Paramount, the longest operating studio in the industry where the New York Street set is rigged for environmental effects like rain and snow.  If you’re looking for more adventure in your tour head to Universal Studios, where exploring the amazing backlot, you’ll encounter the legendary Bates Motel from “Psycho”.

Healthy Living

Hollywood Sign

 
Originally constructed as PR for a residential development, the Hollywood sign has become the city’s most recognizable icon. The hike to the sign at the top of Beachwood Canyon is as rigorous as it is beautiful.

Outdoor 

Griffith Park

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory—made famous in the James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause--as well as 4,310 acres of unspoiled wilderness. 

Santa Monica State Beach

 
Southern California’s most beloved beach features the pier, famous for its ferris wheel, and amazing views. The pier also has small green parks, picnic grounds, concession stands and bike rentals, so you can linger all day long.

Shopping

The Grove

The most visited attraction in LA, The Grove is a sprawling outdoor mall with shopping destinations, restaurants, cafes, and a green lawn for picnicking and relaxing. Next door is the famous Original Farmer’s Market, home to over a hundred food vendors, specialty stores and gourmet grocers including DuPar’s pie shop and Huntington Meats & Sausages.

Rodeo Drive

 
With Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s and more within striking distance, Rodeo Drive is home to some of highest-end retail brands in the world. Stroll the streets for fashionable treasures, and when it’s time to give your credit card a break, the people watching is pretty spectacular too.  
  

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