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Los Angelas, California


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I plan on going to Los Angelas this summer. What are some suggestions of things we should do and see while we are there?


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Los Angeles

There is so much to do and see in LA. If you have never been, just FYI it is a very spread-out place, and having a car makes it easier to get around. Where are you staying?

My favorite places are mainly the museums: The Getty Museum and The Getty Villa (they are in different locations), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Broad, and so on. I haven't been to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures yet, but it is on the list for my next trip. I also enjoy La Brea Tar Pits and the Griffith observatory. Many of the museums require advanced ticket purchase.

Downtown LA is interesting, and I like the Grand Central market. You can find great food at the many food stands, and it is great people watching. The last time I was there, I couldn't find an empty table to eat, so I asked some random guy if I could share his table. We ended up talking, and he lived above the market and was a stand-up comedian. He probably joked that night about a little old lady sharing his table and having no clue how important he was.:D

While downtown, check out the Bradbury building, which is from the 1890's. They also filmed the original Blade Runner in the building. Not too far from there is the LA library, which has a beautiful art-deco design with colorful murals. I don't want to discourage you from going, but you are bound to see the in-your-face homeless encampments in the downtown area (Skid Row).

Depending on how long you will be in LA, I recommend the "Hidden Stairs" of Los Angeles. They are a great way to see some of LA where real people (not movie stars) live. You can Google them and pick the ones that seem interesting to you. Of course you have to like climbing staircases :D.

While in LA, you have to eat Mexican food, preferably from a hole-in-the-wall place or food truck. LA is a foodie town, so you can find some amazing foods.

It is also nice to get out of LA by heading to Santa Monica and Venice Beach as well as Malibu.


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We enjoyed visiting the Hollywood Forever Cemetery a few years ago. Many famous people are buried there. Chris Cornell had recently passed away, and there was a nice memorial for him. Griffith Observatory is fun to visit. Another must-see is the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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LA is huge. Need more info.

How many days?
Will you have a car?
Do you know in what area you are staying?
(Traffic is real. Probably worse than you can imagine)

Are you interested in:
Touristy things?
Movie stuff?


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Ditto the Getty museums

Go to the Huntington in nearby San Marino. They have Pinky and Blue Boy (just back from his anniversary tour to London), other Gainsboroughs, a Gutenberg Bible, spectacular gardens (rose, Japanese, Chinese, Shakespeare...), a new American Art gallery, and more.


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When my husband and I visited back in 2013, we walked around Venice Beach. They have a ton of booths and shop type places along the strip. We also ate at the Santa Monica Pier, went to and Angels and Dodges game, and walked along Hollywood Boulevard. We drove around Beverly Hills, and Burbank as well.

You can spend time at the beach. We also go to jazz clubs, but did not have time to do that on our quick visit as we were driving back and forth between there, San Francisco, and San Diego.
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I will be going for about 10 days. My husband and I are visiting my son who is stationed at Camp Pendleton. He is taking a week off to spend with us. I think we are going to be using the train and public transportation because of all the traffic. I just saw online a Go City Pass. There seems to be a lot of places on it so may probably be worth it. I’ve never been so I’m really excited to go.


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I will be going for about 10 days.
Did you mean you will be spending 10 days in Los Angeles or in the Camp Pendleton area (Oceanside/San Clemente)? Are you just doing a day trip to LA?

The train will be great as you will avoid the horrible freeway traffic. When you arrive at Union Station in LA, take some time to look at all the artwork and art-deco architecture in the building (look up at the ceilings).

1956BD wrote:
shopping and eating on Olvera Street.
Plaza Olvera is very close to Union Station. The iconic City Hall that you see in movies and TV shows is nearby as well (across the freeway).

There are Hop-On Hop-Off tours that may work for you. You'll be able to see more of Los Angeles and get off to visit sites that interest you.


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Laguna Beach is a pretty beach town in between LA and Camp Pendleton. Lots of shops and art galleries as well as a nice beach. Also, if you are taking the train, you could exit at San Clemente and explore around a bit. Having a car can be key here. Everything is very spread out with poor public transportation options.

LA wise, some people like the Griffith Observatory. It has a planetarium and a view of the Hollywood sign from nearby hiking trails.