Templin Highway from "Furious 7"

Go On Location: Los Angeles Locations from The Fast and the Furious Movies


Lindsay Blake

The Fast and the Furious tells the story of undercover police officer Brian O’Conner (played by Paul Walker) taking on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of hijackers. The 2001 action film was followed by six sequels and has become Universal’s biggest franchise of all time.

The Fast and the Furious movies boast a strong connection to Los Angeles, though not all of the franchise’s installments were shot here. Fans can discover many iconic locations from the films throughout Los Angeles, from Downtown to Malibu. Read on for 20 Fast and Furious locations in L.A County, including the site of the unforgettable “One Last Ride.”

Note: Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the movies!

Eagle Rock at Topanga State Park

Step Up to the Best Intermediate Hikes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in L.A. is outdoor access. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. We previously covered the Top 10 Easy Hikes in L.A. Now we'll learn about eight of the best intermediate hikes in L.A. County that will yield prized views and get your heart pumping, but won’t require a day off from work to recover.

1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but in case you run into trouble, the phone is your best friend.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often have little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Even if the sky starts out 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.

BeautyCon Los Angeles

BeautyCon took over Downtown Los Angeles in July


Discover Los Angeles

On July 11, 2015, BeautyCon took over The REEF in Downtown Los Angeles and brought together today’s premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle content creators and celebrities. Fans got the chance to participate in interactive presentations, watch performances, create content, shop, play games, learn about new products, and above all, mingle with some of their favorite content creators. We caught up with influencers Ava Allan, Madison Pettis and Alyson Stoner who shared their #LAstory.

playL.A. - Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Bikes and Hikes L.A., Escape Room and The Bloc


Discover Los Angeles

Elevate group or teambuilding activities to new heights with the newly expanded Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. The studio’s popular tour is anchored by the addition of a brand new feature, Stage 48: Script to Screen, which offers guests an opportunity to see how their favorite movies and TV shows were made – right on the studio lot where many of them were created. Stage 48: Script to Screen offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process. 

meetL.A. - Only in L.A. Venues


Los Angeles will welcome a spectacular new museum of contemporary art September 20, when The Broad opens on Grand Avenue in Downtown. The $140-million museum designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro creates a 120,000 square-foot, three-level facility with 50,000 square feet of gallery space, plus a lecture hall, public lobby with display space and a museum shop. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will travel up a 105-foot escalator, through the second-floor concrete vault, and enter the third-floor gallery, which features 23-foot ceilings and 318 skylights that filter in diffused sunlight through the building’s exterior exoskeleton (aka “the veil”). The museum will offer free general admission to all. Group tours will be available after December 1, 2015.The Broad’s inaugural exhibition is entirely focused on the renowned contemporary art collection of Eli and Edythe Broad. Organized in a roughly chronological timeline, the exhibition will begin with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in the 50s and continue to the heart of the collection, 60s Pop Art by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition concludes with 70s and 80s works by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons.Located directly south of the museum, a 24,000 square-foot public plaza features 100-year-old Barouni olive trees, an open lawn, and enhanced landscaping and improvements along Grand Avenue. On the western end of the plaza, restaurateur Bill Chait is developing a free-standing restaurant featuring chef Timothy Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. 

Rafer Johnson

Rafer Johnson's Los Angeles


Los Angeles Magazine

Rafer Johnson is one of the greatest athletes in U.S. history. Johnson was the USA team captain, flag bearer and Decathlon Gold Medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Among his many accolades, Johnson was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1958, and won the 1960 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America, breaking that award's color barrier. In 1974, Johnson was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. Johnson was selected to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. In 1998, he was named one of ESPN's 100 Greatest North American Athletes of the 20th Century. In 2006, the NCAA named the former UCLA Bruin as one of the 100 Most Influential Student Athletes of the past 100 years.

Rafer Johnson, along with a small group of volunteers, founded Special Olympics California in 1969 by conducting a competition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 900 individuals with intellectual disabilities. As Los Angeles welcomes thousands of athletes and visitors to the Special Olympics World Games, Johnson shares some of his favorite places in L.A.

Fried chicken at Farmshop

The Best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles: Summer 2015


Joshua Lurie

Unless you’re a diehard vegetarian, it’s hard to resist fried chicken. Why would you want to? Luscious deep-fried yardbird has rightly become popular all over the world. Thankfully, Los Angeles has leading examples from a diverse range of cuisines. Fried chicken sandwiches and wings are great too, but those fall into categories for other stories. In the meantime, learn about 10 of L.A.’s top fried chicken options, mostly battered and served on the bone.