Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica

Storied Santa Monica Pier, a landmark for over 100 years, is the official end of Highway 66 at the foot of posh Santa Monica. The pier - dual piers really - is home...

  • Water sport & adventure
  • Walking
  • Fun & games
  • Cultural & Historical
  • 4.5
  • 1

Will Rogers State Park Beach

Pacific Palisades

Will Rogers - sometimes known as Ginger Rogers Beach - has been LA's unofficial gay beach since the 1960s. About 15 miles from West Hollywood, the stretch for fun in...

  • Public beach
  • Food & drink
  • Fun & games
  • Water fun

West Street Beach

Laguna Beach

If you've seen the MTV reality show about Laguna, you haven't seen West Street Beach, which draws a gay crowd all the way from West Hollywood. On the south end of...

  • Public beach
  • Fun & games

West Hollywood

West Hollywood covers only 1.9 square miles (c. 5 km2) but into that real estate is packed perhaps the greatest concentration of gay hotels, nightspots, shopping,...

  • Neighborhood
  • 4.8
  • 1

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood

Launched in 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a collection of more than 2,500 pink terrazzo and brass stars, stretches along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • 5
  • 1

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach

The largest aquarium south of Monterey, the Aquarium of the Pacific has over 11,000 living creatures, 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits. Its colony of...

  • Museum
  • Eco Tourism
  • 5
  • 1

Beverly Boulevard

West Hollywood

The stretch of Beverly Boulevard that runs through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills near Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a shopping street par excellence with posh...

  • Shopping Street
  • Food & drink
  • 5
  • 1

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood

The Hollywood Bowl, set in a natural amphitheater, is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the US where some of the world's biggest stars - including Judy Garland,...

  • Performing arts
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture
  • 5
  • 1

Calle Olvera

Downtown

Calle Olvera or Olvera Street is a block-long Mexican marketplace, created in 1930 to preserve the early heritage of the city. Known as "the birthplace of Los...

  • Shopping Street
  • Performing arts
  • Food & drink
  • Cultural & Historical

Hollywood Sign

Los Feliz

The landmark Hollywood sign with its 45-foot-tall (14 m) capital letters is Los Angeles's most famous cultural icon, but it was constructed in 1923 to advertise a...

  • Cultural & Historical

Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Venice

Abbot Kinney, named for the man who built Venice's canals, is a one-mile stretch of eclectic shops, art galleries, wine stores, restaurants and nightlife. On the...

  • Shopping Street
  • Fun & games
  • Food & drink

Beverly Center

West Hollywood

Beverly Center is an eight-story shopping fortress housing more than 100 boutiques, department stores and fashion names like Prada, Saint Laurent and Gucci. The...

  • Commercial Center
  • Food & drink

Hermosa Beach Strand

Hermosa Beach

Beach volley ball reigns along The Strand or boardwalk at Hermosa Beach. Beautiful bodies are also roller blading, skateboarding, surfing, paddle boarding and sun...

  • Public beach
  • Food & drink
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Bicycle
  • Water sport & adventure

Hollywood & Vine

Hollywood

The intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street became one of the most famous intersections in the world during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hedda Hopper and...

  • Cultural & Historical

Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive is the gold standard of shopping, three blocks of the crème de la crème in international luxury brands surrounded by a "Golden Triangle" district of...

  • Shopping Street
  • Food & drink

Griffith Observatory

Mount Hollywood

Griffith Observatory on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood is a gateway to the stars, offering telescopes, live shows and exhibitions as well as great views...

  • Other

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Museum Row

La Brea Pits - the graveyard of prehistoric saber-tooth cats and dire wolves - is the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site and is located right in the...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Museum
  • Natural Attraction

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands National Park includes five of the eight Channel Islands off the Southern Californian with visitor centers on the mainland at Ventura and Santa...

  • Eco Tourism
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Natural Attraction

Black Cat Tavern

Silver Lake

New Year's 1967 - two years before Stonewall, LGBTQ - the Black Cat Tavern on the Sunset Strip was the scene of police brutality against the LGBTQ community, which...

  • Cultural & Historical

Disneyland

Anaheim

You may have visited Disney theme parks in Paris, Florida, Japan or Hong Kong, but there's nothing like the mother ship, the only park that Walt personally designed...

  • Amusement Park
  • Cultural & Historical

Downtown Art Walk

Historic Cores Gallery Row

The Downtown Art Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour on the second Thursday of each month, noon to 10 pm. What began as an art celebration has blossomed into a...

  • Walking
  • Art

Santa Monica Steps

Santa Monica

Not for the faint of heart, the two flights of stairs on a steep vertical between Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon are crowded with fitness buffs doing a...

  • Sports

Billionaires' Beach

Malibu

Carbon Beach is the official name of Billionaires' Beach, the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) crescent in front of the homes of some 70 rich-and-famous like David Geffen, Rob...

  • Public beach
  • Walking

California African American Museum

Exhibition Park

Newly affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum, the California African American Museum exhibits African art, 19th century academic and naturalistic landscape, modern...

  • Art
  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Museum Row

The Craft & Folk Art Museum opened on Museum Row in 1965 as the commercial gallery The Egg and The Eye, owned in part by artist Edith R. Wyle, whose grandson is...

  • Museum
  • Art

Echo Park Lake

East Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake offers fishing, pedal boats, picnic areas , indoor swimming pool and walking paths and is particularly lovely June through September when lotus...

  • Water sport & adventure
  • Walking
  • Park
  • Cultural & Historical

El Matador Beach

Malibu

El Matador Beach is a hidden rocky cove guys often favor, but the postcard-perfect beach with sea caves is not as isolated as you might think. It's popular for photo...

  • Public beach

Farmer's Market

La Brea

The historic Farmer's Market is all about food, selling fresh produce since the 1930s and now also a hip place to dine at stalls and upscale eateries and buy gourmet

  • Market
  • Food & drink

Gendarmerie Boutique & Spa

West Hollywood

Male-friendly Gendarmerie Boutique and Spa is more like a private men's club than day spa, offering complimentary wine, martinis and HDTV sports along with facials,

  • Other

Getty Villa

Pacific Palisades

The Getty Villa, designed in the 1970s to house J. Paul Getty's art collection, is modeled on a Roman country villa buried after Vesuvius erupted. When the art...

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Museum