Spread over 4,210 acres (1704 hectares) of the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park is often referred to as "the Central Park of Los Angeles," although its verdant sprawl surpasses its east-coast counterpart in both size and wild charm. The municipal park is one of North America's largest urban green spaces, splayed across an undulating landscape sheathed in oak and walnut woodlands, coastal sage scrub, landscaped parklands, and deep, luxuriant gorges. There's ample opportunity for outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and tennis, alongside popular attractions like the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theater, and the iconic Hollywood Sign. At the confluence of landscaped greenery and rugged wilderness, Griffith Park is Los Angeles' most treasured recreational venues and scenic escapes.
160 acres (65 hectares) of unspoiled nature can be seen at the east point of the Santa Monica mountains at the Runyon Canyon Park. This pet friendly park has two southern entrances and a northern entrance at Mulholland Drive. Go for a hike or head to the play area where your kids can play. Keep your camera ready as celebrities are known to unwind here as well.
Perched over the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, "The Pier" feels more like a carnival than a place to shop. Cirque du Soleil pitches their tent on the beach here annually, and there are concerts and dances on the weekends in the summer. In addition to the many restaurants and souvenir stands, there is a full-service amusement park with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, carousel and arcade. The pier's end provides one of the best sunset views in Los Angeles County.
Art finds expression, culture finds a solid canvas, and entertainment blooms at Venice Beach, a charming beachfront neighborhood. Stretching two and a half miles along the edge of Los Angeles, Venice Beach is one of the city’s most recognizable strips of seaside real estate. Modeled on the romantic Venice in Italy, this waterfront town is quirky and charismatic, teamed with a thriving music scene. Its boulevards are lined with Californian palm trees, which deeply contrast the cottages resting under charming pastel facades. The neighborhood's expanse is stippled with an array of beachfront hotels, restaurants and open volleyball courts. Its many vibrant murals lend a vibrant hue, and the neighborhood boasts some iconic landmarks like Muscle Beach and the ultra-bohemian Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which is a shopping wonderland. A jewel of the West Coast, 'Venice' is a splendid locus of aesthetics, creativity and an indelible Californian spirit.
Disney's magic kingdom, the Disneyland Park in Anaheim is the original theme park; a labor of love designed by Walt Disney himself, the only one of the franchise to have been built directly under his auspicious care. Since its grand opening in 1955, this theme park has come to be renown as the place where dreams come true; where ogres, dragons and wizards roam, dazzling visions of the future are realized, and all are invited to experience a realm born of an imagination that knows no bounds. Expanded over the years, this whimsical wonderland now includes eight playfully themed lands like Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. Here, fairytale princesses and Mickey Mouse greet visitors of every age, welcoming them into a world where magical lands are brought to life and there are thrilling experiences galore.
This observatory, built in Art Deco style, was built in the early 1930s and is a highlight among landmarks in Southern California. See incredible light shows at the Oschin Planetarium, which puts to use the latest technology. Outside the observatory, you'll find sweeping views of the area that are breathtaking during the day and at night as well. Exhibits and planetarium shows will fascinate visitors. Some visitors might recognize the observatory as the site where the climax of Rebel Without a Cause was filmed. On clear nights take advantage of the free public telescopes to see the stars up close.
The City National Plaza is a pair of skyscrapers dominating the skyline of the Downtown district of Los Angleles. As twin buildings, this pair is one of the tallest in the United States of America. These two towers are named as Paul Hastings Tower and City National Tower. They were constructed in 1972 from steel, bronze glass and green granite giving rise to polished reflective exteriors. They are home to retail outlets, restaurants and businesses, the most prominent ones being Crowell and Moring, Grant Thornton, Fulbright and Jaworski and City National Bank.
The day is easily spent in this part of Downtown Los Angeles. A major tourist destination, Chinatown is dotted with restaurants, shops and landmarks, and dozens of entertainment options. Quaint architecture on this strip is complemented by the presence of equally charming Chinese residents. Amble through the markets; stop by the herbal and grocery stores, or simply browse through the cartloads of household goods, toys, CDs, and other knick-knacks on display. Some of the items might raise a few eyebrows, the funeral accessories, for instance. Events, such as art gallery openings, tours and food festivals add to the razzmatazz. When its time to refuel try a meal at a seafood restaurant, or a traditional Chinese eating houses or one f the newer joints that serve American-Chinese.
Greenbar Distillery, located in the middle of Arts District, is widely known for their organic craft spirits like vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey and rum, as well as several bitters. The distillery provides guided tours and private tours for enthusiastic visitors where the guides explain the entire history of distillery, their equipment and about their own process of making. They also host several tasting sessions for their extensive range of products and provide a selection of samples for you to choose and take home. The specialties of the taproom are their Fruitlab Ginger Liqueur, the Spiced Rum, and the vanilla infused vodka. They also provide cocktail-making lessons for interested visitors; so you can show off your newly acquired skills by shaking up some good margaritas for your friends. Moreover, a tree is planted by them for each bottle of spirit or bitters that is sold which serves the purpose of giving back to the environment.
A sprawling park in the city of Los Angeles, Montecillo De Leo Politi provides a momentary escape from the bustling city. Located just a stone's throw away from the Dodger Stadium, this famed park is one of the major recreation and event centers of neighborhood, with a variety of activities to indulge in. Peppered with walk and jogging trails, basketball courts, a soccer field and vast ares of open space, there's plenty of ways to keep yourself busy at this park.
University of Southern California, often called USC, is a private university that was established in 1880. As a research university, USC takes education seriously and has made advancements in several academic and scientific fields. USC also prides itself in its athletic department with students who have competed in the Olympics. The college campus has beautiful Romanesque Revival-styled buildings along with a few Modernist styles.
Built for the 1932 Olympic games, Exposition Park is now a venue for many sports and cultural events. Originally known as "Agricultural Park," it houses a sports arena, coliseum, museum, science center, rose garden, a swimming stadium and expo center. The park is bustling with activities throughout the year with events like Annual Bug Fair and Science Camp. The Rose Garden can be hired for special events and the Coliseum hosts popular sports events. Exposition Park also plays host to the L.A. Food Fest, a culinary extravaganza attracting food lovers from far and beyond.