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Where to go

Los Angeles has many different sides, which means you’re in for the ideal vacation whether you’re a tranquil beach-lovin’ type, a city slicker, a born shopper, a celebrity chaser, or simply a pleasure-seeker who goes with the flow.  While there’s much to see whereever you go, the essence of a Los Angeles vacation and living here is experiencing the Southern California "vibe," which means all you really have to do is explore and watch life unfurl.

To savor the abundant flavors of LA, you need a taste for adventure, a means of transportation, and a good map.  Add savvy plans to keep you off the freeways during rush hour, and you’ll discover firsthand why we Angelenos consider our home the center of the universe.

To help you discover where to go, I’m putting together a list of attractions, sights, sounds, and uniquely LA features.  This is an ongoing project, with regular updates. 

Feel free to email me if you’ve been somewhere that’s not currently on the list, or want to include a place to go or thing to do that you think should be included. My email address is: lisajnewton at gmail dot com


Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame

Hollywood Attractions and the Hollywood Sign

Mann’s Chinese Theater

El Capitan Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Hollywood Entertainment Museum

Strictly Tourist

Ripley’s Believe it or Not – Hollywood

Guiness Book of World Records Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

Frendrick’s of Hollywood

Capital Records Building

Movies in the Making

Paramount Pictures

Hip Melrose down the street

The Wilshire District

La Brea Tar Pits

The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries

Museum Row

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Peterson Automotive Museum

Local Color

Farmers Market Los Angeles

The Westside

West Hollywood

Pacific Design Center

Sunset Strip

Welcome to the Sunset Strip

Sunset Tower Hotel – The Argyle

The Mondrian Hotel

Sunset Plaza

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Hotel

The Paley Center for Media

Rodeo Drive


Beverly Garden Park

Greystone Mansion

The Regent Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Trolley

Century City

Century Plaza Hotel

Century City Shopping Center and Marketplace

Creative Artists Agency

AMC Century City 15

Museum of Tolerance



UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Westwood Village

Armand Hammer Museum

City of Los Angeles Westwood Recreation Center

Bel-Air and Brentwood

The Getty Museum

Hotel Bel Air

Hotel Angeleno

Donald Bruce Kaufman – Brentwood Branch Library

Coastal Areas

Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu Pier

Redondo Beach Pier

Marina Del Rey

Ballona Creek

Pacific Palisades

Santa Monica to Marina del Rey

Santa Monica Pier

Third Street Promenade

Fishing in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s Main Street

The Edgemar Complex

California Heritage Museum

Montana Avenue

Santa Monica Airport’s Museum of Flying

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Bergamot Station

Street and Graffiti Art in Venice

The Ballona Creek Bicycle Trail

Ballona Creek


Ahmanson Theater

Geffen Playhouse

Orpheum Theater

Nokia Theater

Kodak Theater

Pantages Theater

Segerstrom Hall

Saban Theater (formerly Wilshire Theater)

Thousand Oaks Civic Oaks Plaza

Concert Halls

Cerritos Theatre

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Grove of Anaheim

Henry Fonda Theater

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Palladium

Irvine Bowl

Long Beach Terrace Theater

Majestic Ventura Theater

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pechanga Entertainment Center

Royce Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Wiltern

Outdoor Arenas and Venues

Anaheim Convention Center

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Dodger Stadium

Gibson Theater

Great Western Forum

Home Depot Center

Honda Center

Long Beach Arena

LA Memorial Coliseum

LA Sports Arena

Nokia Theater

Pacific Amphitheater

Pauley Pavilion

Rose Bowl

Staples Center

Other Music Venues

Avalon Hollywood

Canyon Club

Club Nokia

El Rey Theater

Galaxy Theater

Glass House

House of Blues Anaheim

House of Blues Sunset Strip

Key Club at Morongo

Whisky A Go Go