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Attractions

1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Guided tours W-Sa 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (last tour 2 p.m.). $2-$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432

Public facility on Santa Monica State Beach with pool, play area, beach volleyball and tennis courts, gardens, cafe. Free tours of Marion Davies Guest House. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.458.4904.

Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. New Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100. aquariumofpacific.org

Hip artist, designer and vintage market—an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York—also offers food trucks, workshops and DJs. Downtown: Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Venice: Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 740 E. 3rd St., downtown; 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.900.9987.

Park in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, as well as the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 p.m.; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031. barnsdallartpark.com

Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Continuing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; last ticket sold at 4 p.m. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261. pacificbattleship.com

Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $29.50-$37.25 one-way, $59-$74.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $30.50-$38.25 one-way, $61-$76.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200.

Downtown beaux arts-style landmark is the nation’s third-largest public library in terms of book and periodical holdings. It also holds many archival collections. M-Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; F-Sa 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Su 1-5 p.m. Free. 630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000.

Ornate architecture, dim sum, trendy eateries (Howlin’ Ray’s, Baohaus) and shops with Eastern wares centered around a central plaza. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown.

Southern California CityPass offers discounted admission to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (including one Magic Morning admission), Universal Studios Hollywood (including the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, all rides and attractions) and SeaWorld San Diego. $334, ages 3-9 $291, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions or order online. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

Collections include the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an award-winning camellia garden. New restaurant Maple is open for weekend brunch. M, F, Sa-Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tu-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.

Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $97-$124, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $18-$23, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300.

Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456.

1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Tours available. Call for schedule and pricing. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674.

Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274.

Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rosebushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 a.m.-sunset. Free. 701 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.0114.

Landmark Arts and Crafts-style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th-Su noon-3 p.m. $12.50-$15, under 12 free.bWestmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334.

Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall. Daily 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080.

Gardens and park grounds open daily. Tours first Saturday of the month. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. most days. Free. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830.

Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800.

Shrine to amazing achievements. Su-Th 10 a.m.-midnight; F-Sa 10-1 a.m. $9.99-$16.99, under 5 free. 6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433.

In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776. thehollywoodmuseum.com

Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free. Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311.

Hollywood and pop culture greats in wax. Su–Th 10 a.m.–midnight; F–Sa 10 a.m.–1 am. $8.95–$15.95, $5.95–$12.95 online, under 5 free. 6767 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5991.

More than 165 rides and attractions. Roller coasters include Silver Bullet, GhostRider and Xcelerator. Call for hours. $33–$62, under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.

Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), restaurants including new Cleo, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483.

Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland model display. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages. Parking $17-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346.

Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am-5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm) except Christmas; tram tour Sa-Su, $5. $4-$9, under 5 free, free third Tuesday of the month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222.

Re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. Hours vary. $23.95-$30.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670. madametussauds.com/hollywood

The 90-minute Symphonian Music Center Tour includes history, architecture. Also see listing for Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. First come, first served. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. most days. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399. musiccenter.org

Boardwalk with street performers, souvenir vendors. Muscle Beach–adjacent. Along beach between Marine Street and Grand Boulevard, Venice.

Festive open-air Mexican marketplace with restaurants, shops at historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Alameda Street between Main and Los Angeles streets, downtown, 213.628.1274.

Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M-F 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

OUE Skyspace Los Angeles is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles and the Skyslide, a 45-foot, all-glass slide on the exterior of the building that takes you flying from the 70th to the 69th floor. Located nearly 1,000 feet above downtown, Skyspace LA honors the culture, community and people that make LA what it is today! 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000. OUE-skyspace.com

Amusement park at the end of the famous Santa Monica Pier offers games, food and rides, including a Ferris wheel. See pacpark.com for hours and ticket prices. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744. pacpark.com

Small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whale-watching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370.

At the luxury vehicle brand’s 53-acre experience center, drivers 21 and over can pilot Porsche’s latest models for 90 minutes on a 4-mile driver-development track, with a pro driving coach riding shotgun. Also find driving simulators, a store and Restaurant 917. 19800 S. Main St., Carson, 888.204.7474.  porschedriving.com

Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Daily self-guided and guided tours; night tours available. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 a.m.-midnight. $10-$20. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335.

Visit the Air Force One Pavilion and see a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $16-$29, under 2 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354.

1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $3-$5, under 7 free. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186.

Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. M-Sa 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-$5, under 6 free. 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3035.

Hiking, horseback riding, climbing, camping, mountain biking, wildflower viewing, bird-watching and more on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (holidays exempt). 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, 805.370.2301.

The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, fish, reptiles and birds. New Orca Encounter show. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $73-$93, under 3 free. Parking $17-$30. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 619.222.4732.

Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu, the new virtual-reality coaster the New Revolution and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $57.99-$82.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100.

This popular Brooklyn transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events,” set on the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market, in downtown’s hip Row DTLA redevelopment complex. Participating local vendors include Amazebowls, Donut Friend, Cheezus and Wanderlust Creamery. Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown. la.smorgasburg.com

Horseback riding in the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park daily. Evening sunset rides through Griffith Park to Burbank include dinner at Mexican restaurant and nighttime ride back to ranch, schedule in advance except for Fridays. $40–$110. 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, 323.469.5450.

Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres.com or call for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331.

Tours of Rose Parade headquarters in Wrigley Mansion, Italian Renaissance-style home featuring Centennial Rose Garden and Wrigley Gardens. Th 2 and 3 p.m. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100.

Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil and Billabong; new restaurants such as Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut; novelty stores such as Magnet Max and Things From Another World; state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455. universalstudioshollywood.com

Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions.Other attractions include Transformers: The Ride 3-D; Jurassic Park; Revenge of the Mummy—the Ride; the 3-D, ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land; and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Tram studio tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377.

One of Beverly Hills’ first homes, open to the public (by appointment). The historic estate’s idyllic grounds include a grand Italian terrace, rose garden and lush palm-tree forest. Advance reservations required for guided tours, Tu-Sa 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-$11, under 5 free. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087.

 

Frank Gehry-designed architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include hourlong, self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours. Hours and days vary. Visit musiccenter.org for schedule and pricing. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399.

Monumental folk-art sculpture in South Central Los Angeles was built by Simon Rodia alone from 1921 to 1954. The tallest tower is about 100 feet. 1727 E. 107th St., L.A., 213.485.1795.

 

Beaches

Wide and sandy; on-site dog beach. Along Ocean Boulevard, from 54th Place to Belmont Pier, Long Beach.

Inside the breakwater it’s a still-water beach, and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat-launching ramp on harbor side. 40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.

Sandy, narrow beach draws surfers and divers. Great spot for scuba enthusiasts. Limited free roadside parking. 26000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

Near LAX. Wide expanse of beach: 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach. Bonfires permitted. Beach wheelchairs available. 12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey.

One of the prettiest beaches in L.A. County. Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations. 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

Two-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay with combination bike path/boardwalk and pier. Metered street parking. Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach.

1.5 miles of beach plus tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. There are two sections of beach along a loop road of a campground. 36000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

167-acre beach includes Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach, the Adamson House and a museum that highlights the area’s history. 23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

World-renowned surfing area. Swimming areas are limited. 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

Beach is dotted with beach-volleyball nets and bisected by a pier featuring a small aquarium and a café. Beach wheelchairs available. 400-4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach.

Non-ocean-facing beach suited for children and windsurfers. Beach wheelchairs available. 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

23-acre beach is less crowded than many others in Malibu. 33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

Moderate width, sandy. Along Ocean Boulevard, 54th Place to 72nd Place, Long Beach.

Cliffs border the beach, one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline. 7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu.

Located on the southwestern corner of the peninsula, the small Point Vicente Park offers a whale-watching deck and displays of local history and ecology. Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes.

A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach. 400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach.

Wide, sandy expanses divided by Santa Monica Pier. 100-2900 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Rocky and narrow Malibu beach is a popular surfing spot but unsafe for swimming. Beach wheelchairs available. 18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga.

Famous boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs available. 2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.

Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools. 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

Sandy 3-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Popular for swimming and skin diving; volleyball courts. Beach wheelchairs available. 17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades.

The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its 4-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

Galleries

Well known for the world’s largest collection of Marilyn Monroe photography. New major exhibition, “Hollywood Glamour, Portraits of the Icons,” which features photographs of some of the most iconic faces that graced the screen such as Katharine Hepburn, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Veronica Lake, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and the legendary Marilyn Monroe. 179 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.246.9333.

Gallery What Dodger and Yankee stadiums mean to baseball fans is what Gagosian Gallery means to art lovers. The gallery’s Hall of Fame stable of bluechip artists includes Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. And these are just the infielders! 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9400.

Galerie Michael specializes in European paintings, drawings and prints from the 17th century to the present, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Renoir and Matisse. In addition, the gallery has played a significant role in the rediscovery of the painters of the Barbizon school. Artists such as Daubigny, Harpignies, L’Hermitte and other greats of the 19thcentury French landscape tradition are featured in the gallery collection. 224 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.273.3377, galeriemichael.com

Located in the heart of hip Venice, this gallery specializes in abstract paintings and sculptures from an international group of artists, from established masters to exciting emerging talents. The gallery is the latest—and the first in California-in the collection of family-owned and -operated contemporary art galleries that have earned prestige from Scottsdale to Sante Fe. Exhibitions reflect the diversity and imagination of the gallery’s featured artists. 1345 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.9897.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a meaningful historical landmark in a city not known for its cultural institutions’ staying power. Just a block off of Venice’s eccentric boardwalk, the gallery ounterbalances the funk with sophisticated, museum-quality shows of major contemporary American and European artists. Deborah Butterfield, Peter Shelton and Dale Chihuly are just a few of the gallery’s many marquee artists. 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.

Few galleries can boast about launching an art movement. La Luz de Jesus, spearheaded by visionary Billy Shire, did just that, creating a vibrant space that has showcased outsider art for 20 years, weaving diverse strands of comic book illustration, tattoo ink, primitive and deviant painting, and folk iconography into the phenomenon known as Lowbrow art. Artists such as Shag and Joe Coleman are pop culture icons. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.666.7667.

On the cutting edge of the art world, Mouche Gallery’s contemporary style of art collecting inspires a new generation. “Maestro” Keiko Noah has assembled works from celebrity artists (e.g. Steven Tyler, Jerry Garcia) and emerging talent, plus a huge selection of celebrity photos. 340 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.354.8008. mouchegallery.com

The Chicano art movement of the late 1960s spawned an outpouring of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and conceptual art. Generally presented in vibrantly colorful, politically potent images, artists further expressed themselves via a cross-cultural visual vocabulary gleaned from the streets of East L.A. and peppered with Catholic religious imagery. The gallery features Mexican-American artists including Gronk, Frank Romero and Elsa Flores. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica 310.264.1760.

Specializing in vintage and contemporary photography (and photo-based art) from the Americas and Europe, this gallery opened in 1992 and moved to its present location in 1995. Proprietor Cohen also founded Artfairs Inc., which stages major photography fairs around the country, as well as Art LA, a yearly art fair that includes galleries that show all genres of visual arts. 7358 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 323.937.5525.

Fine Art is a recognized force within the international fine art community with a retail gallery presence in West Hollywood for more than fifteen years. Trigg Ison specializes in early 20th century figurative modern paintings and sculpture with emphasis on the Art Deco/Modernist movement. Hand selected from private collections internationally, the gallery features both European and American fine art. Artist’s inventory include original paintings by Andre’ Lhote, Albert Gleizes, Andre’ Masson, representing artist’s Robert McIntosh, Maxine Kim Stussy, and Belgian artist, Jessica Rice. 511 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, 310.274.8047.

Music+ Dance

The largest venue at the Music Center downtown is the 3,156-seat home of the Los Angeles Opera and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. L.A. Opera offers half a dozen major productions yearly. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org

Nestled in the Cahuenga Pass in Hollywood, the Ford Theatres are known for presenting an eclectic summer season of music and dance by L.A.-based artists.
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, 323.461.3673. fordtheatres.org

Constructed in 1967 as an arena for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Forum recently underwent a massive renovation and is once again a destination for some of the musics biggest acts, such as U2 and Jay-Z. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. thelaforum.com

Built in 1929, the Greek Theatre is in Griffith Park. The site of this 5,870-seat outdoor amphitheater was chosen after a soprano revealed the quality of the outdoor bowl's acoustics. The April-through-October schedule has offered headliners such as Harry Styles and Thom Yorke. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 844.524.7335. lagreektheatre.com

The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country, with 17,5000 seats, the Bowl offers music under the stars from spring through fall. A packed summer season features pop, jazz and rock groups, plus soloists and orchestras including the resident Los Angeles Philharmonic. Boxes in the orchestra seats have tables for picnicking; dining options are courtesy of James Beard Award winners chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Home of the UCLA Bruins, this outdoor athletic stadium is the 16th-largest stadium in the world and hosts the annual Rose Bowl Game for which it is named. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100. rosebowlstadium.com

This state-of-the-art sports arena is home to the beloved L.A. teams: The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Kings all play here. The venue also hosts concerts by music's biggest touring acts, such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100. staplescenter.com

As the foundation of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, the delicately restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920s features a three-story, 2,300-square-foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and mezzanine, plus a vaulted ceiling with thousands of tiny mirrors that glimmer when lit. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233. acehotel.com

The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened in 2003, is one of the city's most important performing-arts venues and architectural highlights. The $288.5 million, stainless-steel facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and nearly a dozen music series. Tours are offered most days. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com

Museums

Progressive architecture and design museum recently relocated from Miracle Mile to the Arts District. Continuing Come In! DTLA. Tu-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 900 E. 4th St., downtown, 213.346.9734.

Opens December, 14, 2020. The organization that presents the Academy Awards offers exhibits. Tu-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa-Su noon-6 p.m. Free. 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.247.3600. 

Cultural venue dedicated to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park from the photography space. W-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 p.m. and all day Sa-Su. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000. annenbergspaceforphotography.org

Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West. Houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$14, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000.

Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Tu-W 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-F 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200.

Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432. caamuseum.org

American decorative arts, folk art. Continuing Splash: Art by Kenton Nelson; Monterey: Furniture, Pottery & Tile. W-Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$8, under 12 free. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8537.

Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623. californiasciencecenter.org

Housed in oldest structure of L.A.’s original Chinatown. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $2-$3 donation. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 425 N. Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.485.8567.

International folk and contemporary craft art. Tu-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-$7; pay what you can Su, under 10 free. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230.

71,000-square-foot children’s science center offers traveling and permanent high-tech exhibits aimed at teaching science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living and environmental stewardship through hands-on activities. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12.95-$17.95, under 3 free. 11800 Foothill Blvd., L.A., 818.686.2823. discoverycube.org/la

This El Segundo haven for artists and art lovers offers interactive “experiences” rather than exhibitions. 208 Main St., El Segundo, 424.277.1020.

Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus. Tu–Sa 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821. fidm.edu

Art and material culture from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas. W, F-Su noon-5 p.m.; Th noon-8 p.m. Free. Parking $3-$12. UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., L.A., 310.825.4361.

Traventine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Tu-Th, Su 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; F-Sa 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300. getty.edu

Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 p.m. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300. getty.edu

Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. M-F 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800. grammymuseum.org

UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations alongside its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776. thehollywoodmuseum.com

Art, buildings and grounds, with a dozen themed gardens; new dining concepts; a beautiful gallery and an education and visitor center. W-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$25, under 4 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141. huntington.org

Newcomer to the Arts District, features works by international artists and programs that reflect the diversity of LA and the world. W-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 1717 E. 7th St., downtown.

Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus on the Japanese-American experience. Tu-W, F-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th noon-8 p.m. $6-$12, under 5 free, Th 5-8 p.m. and third Thursday of the month free. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414.

Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$12, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243.

Craft and folk arts. Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; F-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$7, under 12 free, Th 3-8 p.m. and all day F free. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.439.2119.

The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. M-Tu, Th 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; F 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $10-$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org

The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era artifacts housed in award-winning architectural building. Interactive exhibits, public tours and Holocaust survivor talks. Sa-Th 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; F 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704. lamoth.org

Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GA and GC: M, W, F 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. PDC: Tu-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. GA and GC: $8-$15, under 12 free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222.

Exhibits detail the history of flight and the development of the aviation and aerospace industries in Southern California. Two dozen aircraft are on display; theater and screening room. W-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$10, under 3 free. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 310.398.2500.

Offbeat venue blends fact and fiction. Th 2-8 p.m.; F-Su noon-6 p.m. $5-$8 suggested donation, under 13 free. 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6131.

Leading museum of modern and contemporary Latin American art; Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden.W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; F 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $6-$9, under 12 free. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689.

Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, human-rights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403. museumoftolerance.com

Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466. nhm.org

Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840. nortonsimon.org

Exhibits, screenings and radio-listening series; tens of thousands of programs on view. W-Su noon-5 pm. Free; suggested donation $5-$10. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.786.1091.

California art, architecture, design. W-Su noon-5 p.m. Closed on Christmas. $5-$7, under 13 free, first Friday and third Thursday of the month free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665.

Recently renovated museum displays about 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 10 not admitted. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277.

Cultural venue highlights the American Jewish experience through engaging exhibitions and programs. The award-winning Noah’s Ark attraction is great for tots. Tu-F noon-5 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7-$12, under 2 free; free Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.

Southeast Asian and Pacific Island art and culture. W-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $7-$10, under 12 free. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.2742.

nightlife

Strikingly seductive, art-filled club from New York. 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326.

David Cooley’s world-famous gay bar and nightclub. A new concept, the Chapel at the Abbey, is adjacent. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410.

213 Hospitality’s Arts District brewery and tasting room with classic bar games and food from Neal Fraser’s Fritzi. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887.

Recently renovated dance club and concert venue with a storied past: It hosted the Beatles’ first West Coast performance. More intimate club Bardot is upstairs. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900.

Intimate bar hidden in the back of downtown’s Seven Grand, featuring more than 120 premium whiskeys, including many of the au courant Japanese labels. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0736.

Dreamy bar next door to historic Chateau Marmont. 8171 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.650.0575.

Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music. The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469.

Kitschy log-cabin-themed watering hole. 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village, 323.662.9227; Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.287.2200.

Craft-cocktail-driven speakeasy hidden in the rear of a barbershop. 10797 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.841.6679.

Impressive roster of premium whiskeys, whiskey cocktails and craft beers, with locations in Old Pasadena and Long Beach. The Long Beach location was featured in La La Land. 53 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.792.1833; 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach, 562.247.1511.

Nightclub with burlesque shows and other live entertainment. 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500.

Cozy new cocktail pub from the team behind Silver Lake’s Same Same. 525 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.232.8657.

1980s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment. 630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056.

Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530.

New venture from founders of Sunset Entertainment Group and promoter Robert Kennedy turns the Pig ‘N Whistle into an exclusive club after tavern guests go home. 1666 McCadden Place, Hollywood.

Intimate Los Feliz neighborhood wine bar from Dustin Lancaster, who’s also behind Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar and El Condor. 4628 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.660.4400.

Historic hotel in the heart of Culver City is home to the Grand Lobby Bar, with nightly live jazz, and upstairs, the newly renovated, Prohibition-inspired Velvet Lounge. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400.

Stylish art deco-style bar and lounge from the SBE Group offers a diverse menu by Cleo chef Danny Elmaleh. 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266.

Hip Echo Park dance club books local and indie bands. DJs, dancing; Echoplex is downstairs. 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200; Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200.

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Posh renovated power plant. Get there early. Dress code. 108 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.613.0000.

Hot indie bands play art deco theater on Miracle Mile. 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400.

’70s-themed bar from the Houston brothers. 1611 N. El Centro Ave., L.A., 323.962.3804.

Sophisticated art deco lounge. 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.467.7300.

Inventive cocktails and a colorful, underlit glass dance floor await at this subterranean spot. 819 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.688.0888.

SBE lounge with offshoots around the country. Reservations recommended; open during arena concerts and games. Hyde at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 323.330.8018.

Cuban-inspired rum bar. Live band and dance performances. Reservation recommended. Upscale dress code. 1159 N. Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324.

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Festive tequila and mezcal bar with sophisticated cocktails. 107 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.988.8355.

Famed comedy nightclub. 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.656.1336; 151 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.2844.

Rustic-chic space with creative cocktails and inventive fare. 17465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709 Map I12

H.Wood Group’s reservations-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500.

SBE’s exclusive new nightclub has a main club room, two bars/lounges and an outdoor garden “oasis.” 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 323.457.2211.

Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel. 1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902.

Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath. 448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770.

Parisian-inspired Champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code. 5574 Melrose Ave.,
Hollywood, 323.871.8699.

Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah town house specializes in barrel-aged
cocktails. 1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800.

Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club decor. Intimate Bar Jackalope hidden in the back features more than 120 premium whiskeys. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737.

Chic open-air roost with a view at the Mondrian hotel. Reservations required. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6025.

Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296.

Rooftop bar with panoramic city views and a pool, plus a rooftop beer garden and pingpong club Spin. 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080.

Lounge with swinging seats, glowing purple walls. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.9090.

Alfresco bar at LACMA with handcrafted cocktails and great small plates. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180.

Pronounced “ten pound,” this whiskey bar in the Montage Beverly Hills specializes in single-malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800.

Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158.

Sip drinks and enjoy stunning city views atop Ace Hotel, in the historic United Artists Building. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233.

The mixing of Prohibition-era cocktails is an art form at this bar in the back of Cole’s diner. 118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.622.9999.

Tiny, nitty-gritty live-music venue. 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.1881.

Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer still rocks. 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.4202.

Services

Choose one of seven styles from their hair menu for $35, or opt for bonded extensions $55 or an up do $65. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.2569. blomedry.com

Get a full face of makeup where you can choose from six different styles. The studio also offers “eyes only” applications and makeup specifically for film shoots and headshots. 8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.5874. blushington.com

Buy one pass to experience several attractions at a discounted price. 707.256.0490, citypass.com

Stylists deliver sleek blowouts, in a variety of styles while you are sipping complimentary champagne and watching chick flicks. $35, or updos, $70. thedrybar.com

The first of its kind in L.A., this one-stop hair extensions bar offers three signature packages that include: micro-links, braided sew-in, beaded one-step weft, fusion techniques, ranging from $100-$300. 358 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.413.2434. justextensionshair.com

Boutique and makeup studio where academy-trained artists offer makeovers and lessons in the Video Make-Up Lesson Recording Studio. As the name implies, lessons are recorded on video and sent home with customers on a USB drive. 132 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310.289.1758. makeupforever.com

Stop by for Nine Zero One’s Braid Bar to get elaborate braided ‘dos for $25. 901 Westbourne Drive, West Hollywood, 310.855.9099. ninezeroonesalon.com

Your one-stop for effortless color with a walk-in color treatment. Professional colorists offer a variety of color options–permanent color, non permanent, highlights and more–ranging from $47-$55. 1422 B Second St., Santa Monica, 310.395.5888. tinthaircolor.com

Find premium tickets for all concerts, sports, theatre and special events. 310.207.1226. westcoasttickets.com

Shopping

A unique upscale plus-size women’s boutique that carries designer clothing from comfortable business to casual or dressy special occasion. 13606 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.990.6128. abundanceplussizes.com

Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Some 90 stores such as Kate Spade and Toms. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900. americanaatbrand.com

Couture loungewear designed and made in Los Angeles, along with fine bedding and bath products. 8336 West 3rd St., 323.653.8336. bedheadpjs.com

Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood recently completed a multimillion-dollar
renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Gucci, Apple, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and more) plus over 10 chef-driven restaurants and fast-casual eateries. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070. beverlycenter.com

Find deep discounts on the best names in fashion and home at this luxury outlet center just north of L.A. County. More than 160 stores are represented, including Barneys New York and St. John. The Promenade is anchored by Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805.445.8520.

Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724.

More than 300 stores with Macy’s and MAC, and 18 movie screens. High-tech Lucky Strike Lanes draws a young crowd for hip bowling, and TJ Maxx draws bargain hunters of all ages. 3525 Carson St., Torrance, 310.542.8525.

This downtown neighborhood is a bargain hunter’s paradise. More than 1,000 stores sell to the public at 30%–70% discounts on apparel, accessories, textiles and flowers. Between Main and San Pedro streets; Olympic Boulevard and 7th Street, downtown, 213.488.1153.

Center features hip eateries such as Loteria Grill, Mendocino Farms, the Melt and Sprinkles Cupcakes, plus shops including City Target, Zara and H&M. Retail M-F 10 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm; dining M-F 11 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-7 pm. 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.955.7150. figat7th.com

A Beverly Hills tradition for 90 yers, Gearys discovers and showcases a medley of luxury brands from around the world. Find fine china and crystal, as well as sought-after jewelry and watches. Find additional Gearys Rolex boutiques at Westfield Century City and Santa Monica Place. 351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.273.4741; 360 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.887.4200. gearys.com

Family-oriented mall with department stores and boutiques including Bloomingdale’s, Tadashi Shoji, Cotton On, Uniqlo, Zara, Steve Madden and Vans. 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818.240.9481. glendalegalleria.com

Popular outdoor center is home to 40 shops and restaurants including Apple and Elizabeth and James, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883. thegrovela.com

Home of the Dolby Theatre and the Academy Awards, this Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features high-tech bowling, restaurants, state-of-the-art cinemas and specialty shops including Lucky Brand and Sephora. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412. hollywoodandhighland.com

Popular plaza in Little Tokyo features some 40 shops selling Japanese books, art, gifts and sundries. Restaurants are Japanese, though one serves excellent Korean barbecue. Mikawaya sells mochi ice cream. 335 E. 2nd St., downtown.

Retailers offer 50%–70% savings on gems, watches and fine jewelry. At the St. Vincent’s Jewelry Center (645–650 S. Hill St.), you’ll find 500 jewelry merchants. Between Hill Street and Broadway, from 5th to 8th streets, downtown.

An on-site jewelry factory (available for tours), in a cool industrial space featuring reclaimed Venice Pier planks, makes this boutique no ordinary shopping experience. Here, skilled craftsmen create a variety of sterling silver jewelry designs that have been worn by celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. 1621 12th St., Santa Monica, 310.828.4438. kingbabystudio.com

Featuring distinctive merchandise reflecting the synergy of music & architecture that is Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Find Apparel, books and stationery, gifts, jewelry, music and children’s items. 131 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.3440. laphilstore.com

Outdoor center with upscale boutiques including new Paige and Victoire, plus Cie Sparks salon and restaurants such as Taverna Tony and Mr Chow. Malibu Lumber Yard and Malibu Village are adjacent. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300.

Small collection of upscale retailers adjacent to Malibu Country Mart, including Alice + Olivia, Maxfield, Kitson, Vilebrequin, Alexis Bittar and Tory Burch. 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7395.

This mall by the shore features a Diane’s Beachwear as well as a Macy’s and Macy’s Men’s and Home. Concierges assist with taxies, strollers and even lottery tickets. 3200 Sepulveda Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.5555.

Pottery factory converted to upscale shopping destination; Design Within Reach, Trilogy Spa and restaurants including Petros Greek Cuisine. Between Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Valley and Morningside drives and Manhattan Beach Civic Center.

Quaint outdoor plaza with upscale boutiques such as OSKA, Cop. Copine, Mohawk General Store and Sugarfina, plus iPic Theaters and restaurants including Sushi Roku. 41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066.

Minimalist shapes meet choice materials in the signature designs of this Germany-based womenswear company, with two area locations serving the modern L.A. woman. The OSKA look is understated and elegant, featuring easy, flattering cuts, an earthy palette and casual, fashionable comfort, all with a unique flair. 9693 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, 310.271.2806; 13 Douglas Alley, Pasadena, 626.432.1729. oska.com

Outdoor shopping promenade near Old Town Pasadena features stores like Coach, White House Black Market, J.Jill and Tommy Bahama. Los Robles Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, 626.795.8891. thepaseopasadena.com

Collection of cult-favorite retailers and restaurants (Magasin, Janessa Leone, Velvet, Aesop, The Shop: Curve x Tom Dixon, Tenoverten, Loqui, the Cannibal) curated by Runyon Group in Culver City’s up-and-coming Hayden Tract neighborhood. Next to the Metro Expo Line’s Culver City station. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. platformla.com

Upscale outdoor South Bay shopping center features trendy retailers including Planet Blue, Prana, Lucky Brand and Madewell; top L.A. eateries (Mendocino Farms, True Food Kitchen); and fitness destination SoulCycle. They’re all situated around an expansive outdoor plaza. 1850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280. thepointsb.com

Trilevel open-air shopping center in peaceful Palos Verdes boasts Equinox Fitness Club & Spa, J. Crew, White House/Black Market, Restoration Hardware and more. Cinema, ice-skating rink and casual dining. 500 Deep Valley Drive, Palos Verdes, 310.541.0688.

Hand-made sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry cast from 19th-century wax seals rich in inspirational imagery. 8315 West 3rd St., L.A., 323.424.4807. pyrrha.com

Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, plus a rooftop Dining Deck and ArcLight Cinemas. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049. santamonicaplace.com

Open-air pedestrian bazaar with heaps of hugely discounted clothes, jewelry and toys. Cash only. Between Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street, Maple and Santee streets, downtown.

Nordstrom anchors more than 140 stores; 16-screen AMC movie theater. Swarovski boutique and Yogurberry are new. 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, 310.371.7546.

High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques (Chanel, Céline, Gucci, Chloé, Bottega Veneta) and more than 40 restaurants, including Water Grill. Concierge at four locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888. southcoastplaza.com

Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes trendy shops, kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers. 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355. downtownsm.com

Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., plus restaurant 208 Rodeo and fine-art gallery Galerie Michael. 9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040. 2rodeo.com

Find something for anyone at Universal CityWalk. In addition to dining and entertainment, it offers a combination of more than 30 unique shops. citywalkhollywood.com/shopping.html

New lifestyle destination across the street from Westfield Topanga shopping center (with trolley service connecting the two) offers trendy retailers (Jonathan Adler, Splendid, True Religion), restaurants, with alfresco dining, Burke Williams a spa, a yoga studio, a children’s play area and much more. 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.594.8732.

Home to some of the most magnificent timepieces available in the realm of haute horology. For 20 years, the company has had a commitment to being extraordinary through its superior client service and the selection of some of the finest creations in watchmaking. Westime’s clients herald from around the globe. 206 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8880; 8569 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.0808. westimewatches.com

Open-air mall completed an $800 million-plus revitalization has more than 175 stores, including Bloomingdale’s and just-opened Oak+Fort, Kendra Scott and Compartes Chocolate. Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen, food-court atrium and terrace; restaurants include Obica Mozzarella Bar and Eataly. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898. westfield.com

Spas

Hotel spa goes hip. Full-service spa also includes nail stations, expansive boutique with Bliss products. Sauna, steam showers. W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.443.8228; W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1386.

Recently relaunched modern retreat by Pearl Wellness at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills offers luxurious services and product lines such as Biologique Recherche, plus full-service IGK Salon. Herbal steam room, showers. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560.

Each location of this full-service, physician-founded wellness and beauty center features
a spa with services including facials and massage,as well as a medspa offering IV therapy, fillers and more. 22741 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 200, Malibu, 310.456.1458; Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.623.9000.

The SoCal-based skin-care company’s flagship store/skin center is not a full-service spa, but does offer a broad menu of “touch therapies,” targeted mini-treatments and customized facials (including the BioActive chemical peel and new IonActive Power Treatment), all of which feature the brand’s active-ingredient-packed products. 1022 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.8682.

A facial featuring an anti-aging formulation that’s aided by galvanic current is a signature of this celeb-beloved specialty studio. 8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.1150.

Valmont’s signature high performance anti-aging products are spotlighted at the Hotel Bel-Air—the only California spa that offers the Swiss line. Nestled in the hotel’s tropical gardens, the spa features a couples enclave, steam rooms, marble showers, relaxation room. 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 310.909.1681.

Skin health experts Hollywood’s favorite facials (try the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment) are offered in a feminine salon on super exclusive Melrose Place. 8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.655.7546.

Full-service spa to the stars specializes in face and body care and also offers nail services. Coed steam room. Sunset Plaza, 8622 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.854.7700.

Petite but lavish rooftop spa with a variety of advanced body, nail and facial treatments, now including personalized facial treatments using products by French luxury skin care line Biologique Recherche. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.975.2854.

The spa features an aromatherapy crystal steam room; Natura Bissé, Évolué and Elemis products and services. The Nail Bar offers shellac manicures and pedicures while Pretty Woman plays on a loop. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023.

The spa at the waterfront Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey has an extensive menu of luxurious, targeted treatments. Spa guests enjoy access to the pool, whirlpool and eucalyptus steam room with a 60-minute service. 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.574.4356.

Luxury spa with Eastern- and Western-style body treatments, an adjacent Nail Suite and facials such as the DNA Facial and the custom Organic Facial by Tata Harper. 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.4444.

The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including L.Raphael facials and facilities including dry redwood saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, showers and a coed mineral pool. Also on-site are Kim Vo Salon, Gornik & Drucker barbershop and fitness facilities. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7840.

Skin care doyenne Aida Thibiant founded this spa that has whipped famous faces into shape with European-style facials for nearly four decades. Steam room, steam showers. 449 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.7565.

Tucked underground in Santa Monica is this traditional Korean spa with contemporary style. Clay room, salt room, ice room, plus sauna, whirlpool, showers. 1460 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.319.1111.

Sports


3939 S. Figueroa St., Exposition Park, L.A., 323.648.6060. bancofcaliforniastadium.com

Formerly Home Depot Center and StubHub Center, this multiple-use sports complex is located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The complex consists of the 27,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park Soccer Stadium, the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium, a track and field facility and a velodrome: VELO Sports Center. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2060. dignityhealthsportspark.com

Since 1962, more than 125 million fans have watched the Los Angeles Dodgers play baseball at Dodger Stadium. Spectators are awed by a breathtaking view of downtown, tree-lined Elysian Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains. Guided tours available. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.com

Home to the USC football team since 1923, and a designated National Historic Landmark, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has the most diverse and all encompassing history of any stadium in the world. It has hosted two Super Bowls, a World Series, two Summer Olympics and soon a third (XXXIVth Olympiad in 2028). 3911 S. Figueroa St., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.747.7111. lacoliseum.com

The state-of-the-art sports arena is home to the beloved L.A. teams: The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Kings all play here. The venue also hosts concerts by music's biggest touring acts, such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100. staplescenter.com

Studio

Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Voice and The Talk, as well as special events. Minimum age 16-18, varies by show. 323.417.6550. 1iota.com

Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and Fuller House. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1. tvtickets.com

Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Day-of tickets, call before noon; advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929.

Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including America’s Got Talent, Dancing With the Stars and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show. 818.295.2700. mytvtickets.com

See The Ellen Show and other hit TV programs, in person. Take a tour of Warner Bros. and NBC studios. Shop at trendy boutiques and dine in delicious restaurants—all in Burbank. burbankca.org

Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 p.m. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777.

Sony Pictures Studios celebrates Hollywood’s glory days and offers an insider’s view of a working motion-picture studio. Tour guides lead a walking tour, illuminating the film and TV production process and sharing tales of Hollywood legends. Tours are offered weekdays. Photo I.D. required. Parking is free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687. sonypicturesstudiostours.com

Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801. universalstudioshollywood.com

Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, the real Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit is new. Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687. warnerbros.com

tours

Forty-minute tour of landmarks, attractions; departs from Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Sa-Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$10. 310.285.2442. 

See The Ellen Show and other hit TV programs, in person. Take a tour of Warner Bros. and NBC studios. Shop at trendy boutiques and dine in delicious restaurants—all in Burbank. burbankca.org

Behind-the-scenes tour allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377. mlb.com

Self-guided gallery tour/party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon-10 p.m.; lounge open from 6-10 p.m. Free. 213.617.4929, ext. 206. downtownartwalk.org

Dine, dance and take in harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256. hornblower.com

Skilled volunteer docents lead more than a dozen architecture-focused walking tours, including the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District, Union Station and Angelino Heights. Summer tours include Modern By Moonlight and City Hall. 213.623.2489. laconservancy.org

Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 p.m. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777. paramountstudiotour.com

Insider look at land-marks new and old, as well as film studios in Hollywood and downtown. $15+. 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 304 S. Broadway, downtown, 323.402.1074. redlinetours.com

Conservancy-guided tours on Saturdays. Tour leaves from 1436 2nd Street. Booklets for self-guided tours at 1920 Main St., Santa Monica. $10. 310.496.3146. smconservancy.org

Daily guided tours of downtown Santa Monica; tours focused on popular spots such as Main Street, Montana Avenue and Palisades Park also offered. $20-$25. 310.595.4526, santamonicawalkingtours.com

Sony Pictures Studios celebrates Hollywood’s glory days and offers an insider’s view of a working motion-picture studio. Tour guides lead a walking tour, illuminating the film and TV production process and sharing tales of Hollywood legends. Tours are offered weekdays. Photo I.D. required. Parking is free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687. sonypicturesstudiostours.com

Celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour makes more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131. starlinetours.com

Two-hour bus tour highlights celebrity hot spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and on the Sunset Strip, brought to life with videos from TMZ’s on-air stories and the occasional star sighting. See website for pickup locations, hours and prices. 844.TMZ.TOUR (869.8687). tmz.com/tour

Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801. universalstudioshollywood.com

Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, the real Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit is new. Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687. warnerbros.com

Transportation

Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations, with nationwide connections. 800.872.7245. amtrak.com

Santa Monica city bus line covers the Westside. Well-kept environmentally friendly buses burn cleaner gas. 50¢–$2. 310.451.5444. bigbluebus.com

Biking and hiking tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Daily tours include L.A. in a Day, Movie Star Homes and Hollywood bike tours. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555. bikeshikes.com

Cars for rent—mostly luxury vehicles including Porsches and Hummers—at competitive prices. 9815 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.9174; 1723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.9719. budget.com

Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, restaurants, nightlife, attractions, shopping destinations. 877.935.5692. californiayellowcab.com

Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Call or check website for hours and prices. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

Explore Los Angeles and Southern California with reliable group transportation from Champion Charter Bus Los Angeles. They accommodate groups of all sizes, and customers can elevate their trip with a variety of premium amenities, such as power outlets, restrooms, and WiFi. Reservation specialists are available 24/7 to answer any questions. Free quotes available. 1311 S. Flower St., Suite C1, L.A., 310.295.9547. championcharterbus.com

Southern California CityPass offers discounted admission to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (including one Magic Morning admission), Universal Studios Hollywood (including the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, all rides and attractions) and SeaWorld San Diego. $334, ages 3-9 $291, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions or order online. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

Regular bus service in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill. AquaLink water taxi ferries passengers to destinations from Long Beach to Alamitos Bay Landing. 562.591.2301. lbtransit.com

City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to East L.A. and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown. 323.466.3876.  metro.net

Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 800.371.5465. metrolinktrains.com

Rent bikes or skates for the boardwalk. Legends Bike Tour ($30) explores Venice and its hidden canals; guided tour includes architecture and celebrity lore. Eight rental locations along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice. 310.939.0000. perryscafe.com

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