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Architectural Highlights of the Southland

Architectural Highlights of the Southland
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a treasure trove of both Art Deco and Modern architecture. Many Art Deco buildings are located either downtown and in the Mid-Wilshire district; this Art Deco guide covers more sites in this architectural mode.

In terms of the Modern movement, Los Angeles is ground zero for residential architecture of this type. There are a number of Frank Lloyd Wright residences. Schindler and Neutra were based here for many years and had clients on the area. The later generations of Modernist residential architects are well-represented as well, including Craig Ellwood, John Lautner, and Gregory Ain, The trick is finding what you want to see in the massive Los Angeles area.

Day 1 -- Downtown vicinity
Day 2 -- Hollywood/Silverlake
Day 3 -- Mid-Wilshire
Day 4 -- Westside
Day 5 -- Eastside
Day 6 -- Miscellaneous read more about Architectural Highlights of the Southland... Read More

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

It makes sense that here in L.A., a city with so many centers, the downtown area has had its up and downs over the years. Currently the downtown area is in something of a resurgence--and ironically this comeback has probably been made stronger by the recession. The slower pace of recent growth has given the lovely older buildings a chance to be appreciated instead of clumsily renovated or destroyed.
Also note this Art Deco guide, focussing on architecture.

Day 1 -- Sites
Day 2 -- Food
Day 3 -- Bars
Day 4 -- Hotels
Day 5 -- More Buildings and Stuff


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Low-key Los Angeles Bars

Low-key Los Angeles Bars
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Here I have collected a number of Los Angeles dive and neighborhood bars. Not every night is the occasion for champagne, high heels and glitter! Sometimes you just want to find a no-frills place to have a beer or a stiff drink and maybe even meet some locals. There are a bunch of somewhat friendly hole-in-the-wall bars here in Los Angeles, this list is just to get you started on a low-key night out.

Day 1: Downtown and Eastside Bars
Day 2: Miracle Mile and Westside Bars

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Historic Movie Theaters

Historic Movie Theaters
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Day One lists the movie palaces that are still showing movies. If the place has been multiplexed, I recommend watching a movie in the main auditorium!

Day Two lists smaller historic theatres.

Day Three collects theatres that have been converted into nightclubs, concert halls, or multi-purpose performance spaces.

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Hollywood and Palm Springs

Hollywood and Palm Springs
Destination(s): Los Angeles

There is more to Los Angeles than Disneyland, Beverly Hills and crime. Experience the throbbing Bohemian vibe of Silver Lake, the historical past of Hollywood's golden era and the hipster past of Palm Springs. This is the quintessential Los Angeles experience for those that want to live an updated 1950s lifestyle right here, right now. read more about Hollywood and Palm Springs... Read More

Art Deco LA

Art Deco LA
Destination(s): Los Angeles

During the golden years of Art Deco, Los Angeles was growing at a tremendous rate and construction in the area was booming. Accordingly, L.A. is a treasure trove of Art Deco architecture, with buildings in the zigzag, classic moderne, and streamline moderne styles. Downtown and the Mid-Wilshire area are especially rich in this respect, although there is Art Deco everywhere throughout L.A.

Day one concentrates on downtown and shows the locations of many buildings from the LA Conservancy's Art Deco walking tour.

Day two lists additional famous Art Deco buildings all across Los Angeles.

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Studio Tours

Studio Tours
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Please note the individual details in the entries. Advance tickets are required for the Paramount Tour and recommended for many of the rest. The KCET tour is for KCET members only (membership is $40 and you need to receive a membership card through the mail). The prices for the other tours vary from free for the Paramount Ranch (which is a park now) to $35 for the Paramount Tour.

Do not try to do all of these in one day! The tours have just placed on one day for conciseness.

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Shopping Hotspots in Los Angeles

Shopping Hotspots in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a great place to spend a lot money. From Forever 21 to high fashion outlets, L.A. has every store a consumer could possibly want. This list collects some Los Angeles shopping centers, malls, and busy pedestrian shopping streets. The locations are organized as listed below:

Day 1 -- Santa Monica
Day 2 -- Westside
Day 3 -- Hollywood/Miracle Mile
Day 4 -- Downtown
Day 5 -- San Fernando Valley
Day 6 -- Pasadena and Eastside

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Budget Travel in Los Angeles

Budget Travel in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles can be experienced on the cheap: there is memorable sight-seeing here and great affordable ethnic food. Generally speaking, prices rise as you head west in the city. (Don't let this keep you away from the ocean; the Pacific is a must see and no one can charge admission.) The Getty Center is included here as it's affordable–you just pay for parking–and it is a whole lotta museum!

My other guides (especially L.A. Beaches, Walks, and Affordable Restaurants) supplement the selection here.

The days of this list are organized with this content:

Day 1 --- Downtown Sites
Day 2 --- Hollywood/Westside Sites
Day 3 --- Lodging read more about Budget Travel in Los Angeles... Read More

Best After-Hours Eats in LA

Best After-Hours Eats in LA
Destination(s): Los Angeles

The eateries collected here serve food until at least 1:30am; some are even open 24 hours a day. They are great places for a late night snack!

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