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Los Angeles Hikes

Los Angeles Hikes
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Although you may not guess it, there is great hiking very close to the City of Angels. The Los Angeles basin is located immediately next to the rugged Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountain ranges. Outdoor adventure is at hand.

Day 1 -- Malibu and Westside
Day 2 -- near Hollywood
Day 3 -- near Pasadena

Also check out my guide Los Angeles Gardens to find more places to stroll. read more about Los Angeles Hikes... Read More

Gardens of Los Angeles

Gardens of Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

All the sunshine here does not go to waste! Given a little care and water, plants will thrive in Los Angeles. For a break from all that asphalt, here are some gardens worth checking.


Photo of peacock at Los Angeles Arboretum courtesy of Zabowski read more about Gardens of Los Angeles... Read More

Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants

Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants
Destination(s): Los Angeles

A meal at the places listed here will cost you around $8 to $15 dollars a person; plus more for alcoholic beverages.

This list started as my most frequented favorite restaurants in LA, with more expensive places screened out. I have also done some online research in an attempt to make this selection more comprehensive.

The days are organized by location:

Day 1 -- Westside
Day 2 -- West Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire
Day 3 -- East Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Silverlake
Day 4 -- Koreatown Vicinity
Day 5 -- Downtown
Day 6 -- San Fernando Valley
Day 7 -- East Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Gabriel, and Eastward read more about Affordable Los Angeles Restaurants... Read More

Pacific Beaches in LA

Pacific Beaches in LA
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Day 1 lists the Malibu beaches, starting close to the city and heading up the coast.

Day 2 lists the Santa Monica and beach cities beaches, starting in Santa Monica and heading south. read more about Pacific Beaches in LA... Read More

Downtown

Downtown
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles is not New York or Chicago. It developed primarily in the 1920s and again in the 1950s. It became the epicenter of a national experiment; people were tired of the congestion of Eastern US cities. Fifty years later, Los Angeles is a city unlike any other in scope or design. Downtown Los Angeles, long neglected and overlooked, has awakened in the past ten years. It is now a vibrant community, replete with some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country, cultural neighborhoods unique to the area and a rich historical past. It is still a transitional neighborhood, but it now offers any visitor an experience rich in culture and history. This is a two day trip designed to give the visitor a glance into the silent heart of this massive metropolis. This isn't Disneyland or Universal Studios; this is a chance to experience the violent and exciting jolt of a city moving forward. read more about Downtown... Read More

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, sister city of Cannes, is world famous for its high end shopping, eating and luxury experience. This is where Hollywood's glitterati lived during its golden era, and it remains a polished example of everything elegant, decadent and over the top. This is a one day trip to expose the other, more real side of Beverly Hills. Despite it's reputation as a playground to the rich and famous, it boosts some of the richest cultural treasures in the Los Angeles Basin. Take this opportunity to experience some world class art, a museum experience unlike any other at the Museum of Tolerance and eat among the rich and famous as they talk about scripts, financial planning and future events. read more about Beverly Hills... Read More

Hollywood - Now and Forever

Hollywood - Now and Forever
Destination(s): Los Angeles

People from all over the world come to Los Angeles to see celebrities, experience Disneyland and lay by the beach. Hollywood is the epicenter of the region's past and present dominance in the entertainment industry. There is, however, also a historical and natural element to Hollywood that should not be missed. This is a trip back in time to the historical and natural splendor that Hollywood initially offered people in the 1920s. This is a trip to reconnect with Hollywood's golden era and witness it's renaissance as the new center of entertainment in the Los Angeles area. read more about Hollywood - Now and Forever... Read More

Local Food

Local Food
Destination(s): Los Angeles

This is a trip in that starts in the heart of Los Angeles and then veers to its suburbs in search of the quintessential locavore food experience. It starts out in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles and ends with a nice drive up the coa*t to Malibu. read more about Local Food... Read More

Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles

Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Written by Kristi Marcelle and Cagney Jarvis for Ciao Bambino.

With temperate weather and year-round activities, Los Angeles is a perfect vacation destination. Families should know that the LA area is sprawling and the best way to approach sightseeing is to divide and conquer. Rent a car, figure out what you want to do, and plan accordingly. Do you want beach, museums, or nature?

The beauty of Los Angeles is that there are many diverse and interesting experiences and attractions within driving distance for a day trip. Note, traffic and parking are notoriously horrible—plan for just 1-2 activities per day. Disneyland, of course, is a main kid-friendly attraction, but is located in Orange County and subsequently excluded from list.

Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

Ciao Bambino provides tips and advice around all things related to traveling with kids and is a guide to the best kid friendly hotels. read more about Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles... Read More

History and Heritage of the Southland

History and Heritage of the Southland
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Visiting gives us a chance to view both the present state of a place and also opportunities to glimpse history, the past of a locale and its culture. Below are locations that celebrate the heritage of the American West and the history of Los Angeles; included are historic buildings, famous cemeteries, and museums. For more notable destinations, also see our guides L.A. Architecture and L.A. Art Deco.

Day 1: Westside
Day 2: Closer to downtown
Day 3: Pasadena and eastward
Day 4: Farther flung

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