Hidden Gems in West Hollywood

09/25/2013

Esther Tseng

While West Hollywood flourishes as a tight-knit community and neighborhood, its official status goes beyond that as a city in its own right. Famous for passing legislation such as same-gender domestic partner benefits for city employees, and bans on fur sales and declawing of cats, West Hollywood represents not only much of LA’s entertainment history but also a beacon of social justice.

The legendary Sunset Strip has been undergoing a revival of sorts as the home of go-to music venues, and many of LA’s top destination restaurants lie within West Hollywood’s borders, but there are other spots that fly under the radar. Whether you're a longtime resident, or are visiting this bustling city beneath the hills for the first time, there's always something new to discover in WeHo. Take advantage of its rich, creative history and vibrant culture by going off the beaten path.

The 13 Scariest Places in Los Angeles

09/19/2013

Dearly Departed Tours

Los Angeles, the City of Angels... and devils, demons and ghosts. A city this large is bound to have its skeletons, and our job is to throw open the closet doors and acknowledge them. Below is a list of 13 terrifying locations. Some are fictional and some are very, very real. Like it or not, these places will always be a part of our history. Proceed with caution.

Discover Beverly Hills & Santa Monica Car Free

08/22/2013

Discover Los Angeles

This car free itinerary takes you on a budget-friendly tour of famous attractions and hidden gems in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. From historic landmarks like the Electric Fountain and the Santa Monica Pier, to world-class shopping destinations like Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Place, there's something for everyone on this car free tour.

Los Angeles Locations from the Primetime Emmy Awards

08/19/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The Primetime Emmy Awards are presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in primetime television programming. The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, are taking place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

From historic landmarks to world-class entertainment venues, Los Angeles continues to be a favorite filming location for Emmy-nominated TV shows. Fans of these popular and critically-acclaimed programs can go set jetting and explore LA’s primetime TV locations with our exclusive guide.

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.

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

Discover Los Angeles

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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