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Hollywood Walk of Fame

If you can stomach the suspect superheroes, claustrophobia-inducing crowds and never-ending line of gift shops, tattoo parlors and lingerie stores, there’s actually a lot of old Hollywood history and glamour to discover along the Walk of Fame. The immortalized names on those famous five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars run from the Walk’s western extreme at the Hollywood and La...

Griffith Observatory

"If every person could look through that telescope," declared Griffith J Griffith, "it would revolutionize the world." More than 80 years after this iconic building opened, the world remains unrevolutionized, and the city smog means that the views are not as crystal-clear as they were in Griffith's day. However, after a five-year program of renovations at the observatory, the...

Figtree’s Cafe & Grill

Figtree's has been a fixture on the Venice Boardwalk since 1978 and it's a brilliant spot to kick back, relax and watch the daily parade, with the Pacific as the backdrop. Serving fresh—often organic—fare, Figtree's offers two daily happy hours: One at breakfast between 8–9am, where you can get your fill of pancakes and a variety of egg dishes...

Los Angeles Conservancy Walking Tours

Cherish Downtown LA’s rich history with a walking tour from the Los Angeles Conservancy. Choose from tours including the 2.5-hour Art Deco tour showcasing nine buildings and the Historic Downtown tour highlighting the area’s architecture and history through storytelling. Both tours start in Pershing Square, near the mini-groves of orange trees. Check the website for more details and a...

Petersen Automotive Museum

Miracle Mile was the first commercial development in LA designed expressly for the benefit of drivers, and so a former department store makes an apt home for this museum of car culture. A 2015 redesign has since turned the automotive history museum into more of a high-tech gallery, with about 150 cars on display. There's a glimpse into the rise of...

Small World Books

Surrounded by bad beach food and throngs of people, this little shop is an oasis of literary calm. Their local author selection is right up front, so check out the local talent before perusing the aisles, where you'll find a number of hard-to-find independent imprints, along with the more usual suspects such as McSweeney's. They also have a little...

TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

It's still a great place to catch a movie, particularly since reopening after exenstive renovations in 2013, but most people come to the Chinese Theatre for the hand and/or foot imprints of around 200 Hollywood stars. As legend has it, Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped into the wet cement outside the new building during construction; in response, theater owner Sid...

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Don't be fooled by the name: this is not some kind of Spielbergian dinosaurland. It's far more interesting than that. Hidden behind an unassuming, windowless storefront, David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology presents itself as a repository of curiosities (opera singer Madelena Delani, who suffered from terrible memory failings), scientific wonders (a bat that can fly through walls) and...

Getty Center

Recommended: Getty Center to-go guide Los Angeles's hilltop acropolis was conceived as a home for the hitherto disparate entities of the J. Paul Getty Trust, but that's the only straightforward thing about it. Architect Richard Meier was hired to build the museum in 1984, but it took 13 years, several additional designers (to work on the interior and the landscaping) and...

Rodeo Drive

Many people dream of being Julia Roberts shopping on Rodeo Drive, but few can afford to buy from the array of high-end designers seen in the film Pretty Woman. Window-shopping, then, is the order of the day. Along Two Rodeo—the $200-million faux cobbled walkway—browsing tourists mingle with serious spenders. A hop away is Anderson Court, which is the only shopping mall...