Saturday, 20 October 2012

85 Places to Visit in LA on weekends

    Near San Fernando Valley

  1. Santa Susana Pass State Park- Chatsworth/Simi Valley

  2. Near East Side & Pasadena

  3. Architectural Tours- Pasadena -from the Convention & Visitors Bureau website, walk or drive and see some of the 600 buildings in Pasadena listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  4. Homestead Museum- City of Industry
  5. Huntington Library- San Marino
  6. Southwest Museum- Mt. Washington
  7. Los Angeles Speed Zone- City of Industry

    Near South Bay & Long Beach

  8. Hermosa Beach- fun and laid-back South Bay beachfront town.Host of popular beach volleyball tournaments.
  9. Manhattan Beach- bicycle on The Strand, beach volleyball and fun nighlife
  10. Abbot Kinney Blvd- a very trendy few blocks of shopping, food & drink in Venice
    Marina Del Rey- great place to catch a harbor cruise, or enjoy kayaking and paddleboard rentals
    Palisades Park- Santa Monica - take a wonderful walk along this cliff-side park that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.Once of the most scenic spots in the Los Angeles area.
    Santa Monica Pier- world famous attraction with the 1922 Merry-Go-Round (Carousel), Roller Coaster, and many entertainment attractions.
    Santa Monica Place- newly redeveloped high-end outdoor mall.  The star attraction is the top floor, with restaurants & a food court with ocean and mountain views
    Sawtelle Blvd- area with strong Japanese-American history.  Many interesting neighborhood shops and restaurants.Just south of Santa Monica Blvd, and west of the 405 Freeday
    Grauman's Chinese Theatre- a Hollywood classic since 1927, this is the movie theatre with the handprints & footprints of movie stars on the sidewalk in front
    LA Photos- great photos of Los Angeles, many with a focus on site-seeing.
  11. The Queen Mary- Long Beach
  12. Port of L.A. Waterfront Red Car Line- San Pedro -ride in a restored Red Car trolley

  13. Near Downtown Los Angeles

  14. The Bradbury Building- Amazing architectural treasure in Downtown L.A. See the inside of the building, and then stop next door at the Grand Cental Market for lunch
  15. Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour-brought to you by the USC department of Geography
  16. The Fashion District -Downtown Los Angeles
  17. Koreatown Plaza- Koreatown
  18. Los Angeles Flower District- the epicenter of the flower business in the Los Angeles area,
  19. Old Chinatown-Downtown Los Angeles
  20. Olvera Street-Downtown Los Angeles
  21. Watts Towers- Watts

    Near West Los Angeles & Malibu

  22. Getty Center - Brentwood -The Richard Meier designed buildings and the hilltop views are the main attractions
  23. Getty Villa- Malibu -The re-opened museum that houses the J. Paul Getty Roman and Greek art collections.Entrance is free, but you do need to make a reservation
  24. Museum of Flying- Santa Monica
  25. Museum of Tolerance- Los Angeles (near Beverly Hills)
  26. Westwood Village Memorial Park- Westwood - final resting place of Marilyn Monroe and many other Hollywood celebrities
  27. 3rd Street Promenade- Santa Monica
  28. Hollywood Park- Inglewood -Win, place or show, you bet on the horses here
  29. Main Street - Santa Monica- historic and eclectic few blocks of shopping and dining, a block off of ocean in Santa Monica
  30. Malibu Creek State Park- Malibu -4,000 acres of hiking. MASH was filmed here
  31. Pacific Park- amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier
  32. Perry's Beach Cafe & Rentals- Santa Monica - rent a bike or roller blades and cruise down the boardwalk
  33. Rodeo Drive- Beverly Hills
  34. Sony Pictures Studios- Culver City -take a tour, or watch a live taping of Jeopardy and other shows
  35. UCLA Campus- Westwood -To see Royce Hall, the Sculpture Garden or to just grab lunch, any time on the UCLA campus is well spent
  36. Venice Beach & Boardwalk- Venice - one of the most visited places in Los Angeles!
  37. Westwood Village- popular place for watching a movie at a classic old theater.UCLA college town.
  38. Will Rogers State Historic Park- Pacific Palisades -great for a day of hiking

    Near Miracle Mile, Hollywood & Adjacent

  39. Griffith Observatory- Griffith Park
  40. Hollywood Bowl- Hollywood
  41. Los Angeles Zoo- Griffith Park
  42. El Capitan Theatre- Hollywood - opened in 1926, "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama."Now owned by Disney (extensive restoration completed in 1991), a great place to see a live stage show.
  43. Farmer's Market - 3rd & Fairfax
  44. The Magic Castle- Hollywood -you need to know a member for admittance
  45. Paramount Studios- Hollywood
  46. Silent Movie Theatre- Hollywood - the only silent cinema in the U.S.
  47. Universal Studios- Studio City

    Other Los Angeles area

  48. Disneyland- Anaheim
  49. Knotts Berry Farm- Buena Park
  50. Medieval Times- Buena Park
  51. Raging Waters- San Dimas
  52. Fashion Island- Newport Beach
  53. South Coast Plaza- Costa Mesa


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