Rocky Peak Park at sunset

The Best Difficult Hikes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in Los Angeles is its proximity to the great outdoors. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. Now that you’ve conquered easy hikes and stepped up to intermediate hikes, you’re ready to learn about nine of the best difficult hikes in L.A. County, which either span more than six miles or climb more than 1,000 feet of altitude. These hikes are sure to get your heart racing and may even require some recovery time (unless you frequent fire roads).

A few quick reminders:
1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but the phone is your best friend if you run into trouble.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often offer little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen. Even if the sky starts overcast, sun often breaks through clouds.
4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.

Bicycling by the ocean

Celebrate World Car Free Day in Los Angeles


Discover Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover L.A. without a car. Car Free L.A. features a series of self-guided "car free" itineraries that offer a new, eco-friendly way to experience the best of L.A. via foot, bike and Metro. Whether it’s culture, coastal attractions, global cuisine, music or architecture, you can see it all car free. 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, join fellow Car Free enthusiasts around the globe and celebrate World Car Free Day. Read on for our guide to car free events taking place across the city, from bike tours to a scavenger hunt and a 5K run at Dodger Stadium. All events take place on Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.

L.A. River Boat Race

August 30: L.A. River Boat Race


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On Saturday, August 30, 2014, L.A. River Expeditions presents the inaugural L.A. River Boat Race, taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a three-quarter mile stretch of the Glendale Narrows.

100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles


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Here it is, folks! Our list of 100 absolutely free things to do in Los Angeles, the city where arts and culture, attractions, activities, health and beauty, concerts and recreation come free of charge. Why spend anything at all when you can see so much of LA for a whopping $0.

Best Views of the Hollywood Sign


Esther Tseng

Find out how to get the best views of the world famous Hollywood Sign, whether you're in the mood for a hike and an up-close view, or a unique view from the saddle or in the air.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Shopping: Boutique Stores, Bookshops and Galleries


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Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of LA's hippest areas for unique shopping, featuring home-grown artists and designers in a mix of modern chic and old-school vintage. The shops lining the street — many of which eat, sleep and breathe the Abbot Kinney vibe — sell top-of-the-line artwork, furniture, jewelry and clothing. If you're looking for the top stores to shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, search no more. Here are a few stores that you won't want to miss.

Where to Surf in Los Angeles


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Whether you’re getting on a board for the first time or you’re a seasoned rider searching for L.A.’s best breaks, there’s something for everyone. Beginners can learn how to surf with mellow, consistent waves, while experts can head toward the big stuff. No matter what level you’re at, you’ll want to check out these legendary L.A. surfing spots and dive into surf culture USA.

100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Summer Concerts


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In Los Angeles, summer means that free outdoor concerts are in full force, beckoning visitors to get outside and enjoy L.A.’s thriving music scene. From blowout shows to Sunday afternoons in the park, the following free events in Los Angeles will keep you tapping your feet. So get out there, enjoy the weather and tune into the music.