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Griffith Park Attractions

Griffith Park Attractions
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Perched between the Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhood and the San Fernando Valley, Griffith Park is a destination with something for everyone. In this very large park are museums, a zoo, the famous Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theater, some golf course and much more.

Day 1 of this guide will help you to locate some of the sites in the park.

Day 2 lists some nearby destinations worth checking out, including some destinations in the trendy Los Feliz shopping district on Vermont Ave.

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Walking L.A.

Walking L.A.
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Forget about hiking or even taking a steep uphill walk. That all is too much effort!

This list is about places where you can embark on a pleasant, civilized stroll and take in the local scene. The destinations include shopping areas, religious sites, parks, old mansions, and beaches. Get outta the car and experience L.A. by foot at these low-key places!

The walks below are more or less ordered from west to east.

For more walking excursions, check out the Los Angeles Garden Guide. Or if you are feeling more industrious there is also this Hiking Guide. read more about Walking L.A.... Read More

Offbeat Los Angeles

Offbeat Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

California has always been a haven for misfits and eccentrics. Accordingly, Los Angeles has many hidden locales that just make you wonder. Because the Southland is so huge, the more you look then the more odd stuff you will find. Listed here are a variety of sites to get you started.

The Days below are organized geographically:

Day 1 --- Westside
Day 2 --- Hollywood
Day 3 --- Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown
Day 4 --- Near Downtown
Day 5 --- San Fernando Valley Sites
Day 6 --- Sites to the South
Day 7 --- Sites farther East
Day 8 --- Outside the City

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First Time in Los Angeles

First Time in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a place that means so many things to so many people. Worldwide, the city is famous as the center of America's entertainment industry and also as the essential car city. To the rich and already famous, Los Angeles is the perfect place for a secluded garden hide-out in the hills, with easy access to top-shelf shopping, dining, and nightlife. To the many hard-working immigrants in this very diverse city, it is the location for their own chance at the American dream. For the traveler, visiting means a chance to gawk at the commotion and conspicuous consumption, all while enjoying the good weather and excellent food.

The hardest thing about a first visit to Los Angeles is the logistics of transportation. The intrepid can navigate via public transportation, although they will sacrifice a lot of time to riding on buses. The region is very large and spread-out so renting a car is often the way to go. This opens a whole new can of worms: the traffic in Los Angeles is pretty bad and driving entails a lot of local knowledge regarding choice of routes at particular times of day. For a visitor, a little common sense will go a long way.

The spots and activities listed here are mostly in the historic downtown or the Hollywood area. There are a ton of things to do in these locales, including many iconic landmarks. Day 4 is all about going shopping and has a wider geographic range. read more about First Time in Los Angeles... Read More

Channel Islands

Channel Islands
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking and Camping read more about Channel Islands... Read More