Hidden Gems in Santa Monica

08/08/2013

Esther Tseng

Named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic, Santa Monica is one of LA’s most popular destinations for domestic and international visitors alike. Beat the crowds and go on a trek less-traveled to some of the hidden gems in sunny Santa Monica. Included are historical structures with incredible backstories, as well as cultural bastions of Santa Monica life today. You'll enjoy getting to know the real city by the beach by visiting these places.

Hidden Gems in Hollywood

07/09/2013

Esther Tseng

When it comes to Tinseltown, you'll never run out of things to do, including world famous attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl and Pantages Theatre to name just a few. But there's a whole world of under-the-radar attractions and activities you may be missing. They include music, hikes and other features that Hollywood locals frequent to enjoy their city as one would a neighborhood. Check out the following attractions, shops and weeklies that will have you experiencing an entirely different side of Hollywood.

Hidden Gems in Pasadena

06/19/2013

Esther Tseng

Pasadena is a historical enclave of culture, education and athletics, a beautiful city filled with the riches of generations past and present. Visitors from near and far make their journey to Pasadena for a glimpse of the sweeping mountain landscapes, priceless art collections, archetypical Craftsman architecture, world-class education, research and athletic facilities.

We've got a list of hidden gems in Pasadena that will help you get a feel for the city while going off the beaten path. Whether you take an eating tour featuring lesser-known places, explore a secluded garden at The Huntington, or attend a show in Old Pasadena, we've got just the things for you to do.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

04/24/2013

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Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration of Mexican culture and heritage that takes place across the U.S. and regionally in Mexico, where it's known in the state of Puebla as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (“The Day of the Battle of Puebla”). Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the much larger, better-armed French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The U.S. celebration of Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexican-American communities of the American West, Southwest and Northwest. Read on for our guide to Cinco de Mayo festivities throughout Los Angeles.

The Guide to Koreatown in Los Angeles

04/19/2013

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Koreatown, located west of Downtown LA and south of Hollywood, is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Encompassing roughly 3 square miles, the area was once the epicenter of Golden Age Hollywood, home to the Ambassador Hotel, the Cocoanut Grove and the Brown Derby. Today, Korean and Latino populations contribute to Koreatown’s rich cultural diversity. K-town is also known for having one of the largest concentration of nightclubs and 24-hour businesses and restaurants in the country. Even frequent visitors have only scratched the surface of this vibrant district. Discover Koreatown with our guide to one of LA’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Discover Los Angeles Music Car Free

04/11/2013

Discover Los Angeles

In addition to being the world’s movie-making capital, Los Angeles can also stake a claim to being one of the world’s great music cities, serving as the epicenter for everything from West Coast jazz to surf music and the singer-songwriter movement. LA has also made an indelible impact on the funk, punk, hip-hop and EDM genres. Covering all that musical ground in a day without wheels is a challenge, but an intrepid explorer can check out many of the city’s most famous music-related sites with a little creativity and an ear to the street.

From WeHo and Hollywood to Downtown, explore ten of LA's most famous music sites with our car-free walking tour. This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro Bus & Rail, Walking
Total Distance: 13 miles. Distance Walking: 4 miles

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Discover Downtown Los Angeles Car Free

04/11/2013

Discover Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is home to some of the city’s most famous cultural attractions, from “the world’s shortest railway” to iconic architecture and historic museums. Here’s a car free tour of Downtown LA that will fully immerse visitors in the heart of this spectacular metropolis.

This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest. For those who include the optional Exposition Park tour, this itinerary may be expanded to two days, in order to fully experience every museum.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Walking, Metro
Total Distance: 1.5 miles. Distance Walking: .75 miles.

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Discover San Pedro Car Free

04/11/2013

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While San Pedro is part of the city of Los Angeles, a trip there would convince a visitor otherwise, as the harbor-front community offers a truly distinctive experience. With San Pedro (pronounced “PEE-dro”) annexed to LA in 1909, the Port of Los Angeles was dredged shortly thereafter, creating a thriving community of about 80,000 people comprised of a fascinating mix of Greek-, Mexican-, Irish-, Italian- and Croatian-Americans. Much of the LA Waterfront can be explored on foot or via the 1.5-mile Waterfront Red Car Line. The truly adventurous can opt for an excellent side trip to Catalina Island.

This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. You may want to set aside an entire day to enjoy the optional trip to Catalina Island. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Walking, Water Front Red Car
Total Distance: 5 miles. Distance Walking: 1.5 miles.

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Discover LA's Museum Row & WeHo Car Free

04/11/2013

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A trip to Museum Row and West Hollywood (aka WeHo) provides a true feast for the senses, including art, architecture, history, shopping, dining and nightlife. All it takes for some instant gratification is either a rather long walk or a short local bus ride. This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: DASH Bus, Walking
Total Distance: 5 miles. Walking Distance: 3.5 miles.

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Discover Multicultural Downtown LA Car Free

04/10/2013

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Some of the best experiences in Los Angeles are by way of some its multicultural enclaves, such as Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Here’s a car-less tour of these districts that offers a virtual trek around the globe but leaves the gas tank full.

This half-day itinerary takes a minimum of five hours and calls for a lot of city walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro, Walking
Total Distance: 1.7 miles. Distance Walking: 1.2 miles

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