Rotunda Rose Garden, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California (The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

Aerial Mobile at the Robert H. Lorsch Pavilion, California Science Center, Los Angeles (California Science Center)

World of Life Gallery at the California Science Center, Los Angeles (California Science Center)

Dusk in Los Angeles, California (Grant Faint/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty)

High Wire Bicycle at the California Science Center, Los Angeles (California Science Center)

Aerial view of Los Angeles, California (Corbis)

Beach at sunset in San Bernadino, California (Corbis)

Universal Studios entrance, Los Angeles, California (LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Opening day at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California (LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau/Robert Landau)

Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California (LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau/Robert Landau)

Entrance to the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California (LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau/Robert Landau)

Los Angeles, California, Skyline (Hemera/Thinkstock)

Chinatown entrance sign in Los Angeles, California (iStockphoto)

Los Angeles downtown (Hemera)

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What to do in Los Angeles

Long revered as the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles presents visitors with a bustling vibe that’s second only to New York City. But while a visit to NYC promises busy sidewalks and skyscrapers, a vacation to Los Angeles offers sandal-friendly beaches, numerous urban parks, and an impressive coastline. From famous Malibu to family-friendly Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles boasts some of the country’s best beaches—just minutes from downtown. Hikes are everywhere: Runyon Canyon and Rustic Canyon in Hollywood; Escondido Canyon in Santa Monica; and Topanga Canyon in Pacific Palisades. Griffith Park, a 4,000-plus acre spread set in the Santa Monica Mountains, is home to miles of hiking paths, the L.A. Zoo, and Griffith Observatory, which, like most things here, you’ll probably recognize from the movies.

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Traveler Reviews of Los Angeles


Kate rates Los Angeles
What not to do in Los Angeles is more the question?? What I love most about LA is that not only do you have the city life, Hollywood glam and Venice Beach but you are only about an hour or two (depending on traffic) to an outdoor destination. LA is close to skiing, climbing, surfing, mountain biking, cycling and hiking. Most people only think of LA as everything that comes along with city life, but take it from an adventurous person that has lived there for 8+ years...adventure abounds!!
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Fat Paddler rates Los Angeles
It's a big city with everything from glam to slum. To get out of the city, I did a kayak trip from Redondo Beach down to the cliffs of Palos Verdes, which was awesome. The coastline is pretty and in the water there we were joined by sea-lions, otters and a couple of Blue Whales! The kelp beds at Palos Verdes makes paddling a little hard but the rocks there are pretty cool to paddle around. This area was apparently used during the filming of the first Pirates of the Caribbean so you may even recognize it. No matter what you do in LA< make sure you find somewhere to have fish tacos, a food discovery I'm now addicted to. There's a chain called Wahoos that specializes in them.
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